First Images from Brett Ratner’s HERCULES Starring Dwayne Johnson [Updated with First Poster]

     March 23, 2014


The first images have been released from Brett Ratner’s Hercules.  Not to be confused with the Hercules movie that came out earlier this year, Ratner’s take on the Greek legend is billed as “a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist.”  The story takes place after Hercules’ famous 12 labors, and has him “traveling with a group of mercenaries and cashing in on his famous name until he’s hired to train an army for an epic battle.”  Dwayne Johnson stars as the eponymous “first superhero” and tells USA Today, “The No. 1 goal is to make the definitive version of Hercules.  We know we’re going to be under a microscope.”  At the very least, no one’s going to doubt he’s right for the part.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and click here for a picture of the logo that Steve took at CinemaCon.  The film also stars Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joe Anderson, Peter Mullan, and Rufus SewellHercules opens July 25th. [Update: Johnson has now released the first poster for the film, which is included after the jump as well.]

Via USA Today and Dwayne Johnson’s Twitter.




  • RecoveR

    Holy shit.. an un-obscured image of dwayne johnson as hercules…. there is a god :’(

    EDIT: No pun intended…

    • Ur name here

      He looks like Kevin Sorbo tv hercules

  • Drake

    I personally think Steve Buscemi would have been better cast in the role … but that’s just me.

  • The Flobbit

    I don’t know, I’m sure the film will be buckets of fun, but Dwayne just looks forced here. He looks awkward and tired. But since it’s got Joseph Fiennes and Rufus Sewell in it – two of the most underused actors of all time, I’ll tune in for it.

    • TheMattedScreen

      I think the cast looks great and everything, but, Ratner. I just can’t stand how spoonfed that guy’s movies are. No subtlety, no class. If the script says it that way, that’s the way it gets filmed.

  • spongefist

    The second picture looks like he is being analised in a mythic glory hole scene.
    I’m in then, take my $15.

    • ʝoe ßloggs

      I think your tendencies are showing.

    • unsean

      As much as I hate to admit it, I think you have a point there.

  • Jiminy

    @spongefist You probably like watching gay porn.

  • fechu1922

    the first picture lacks the sentence: “because you’re worth it”… L’oréal!

    • Truth Powell


  • Hari

    Kellan Lutz will always be Hercules

    • unsean

      Ha! You get a upvote for being bold enough to even type such nonsense.

  • Heracles

    How can a Hercules movie without the supernatural be the definitive Hercules movie? We need Zeus and the 12 labors.


    Isn’t one of the labors to kill the Hydra? Yet it’s grounded in reality?

    • unsean

      So this is a Marvel Studios production?

  • lobtaylor

    All that secrecy for this, he dont look that great.

  • merwanor

    Meh, I was hoping for a live action but CGI heavy Hydra fight. Sad that the best hydra fight so far is from the disney movie. I bet it will still be a badass movie, but I was hoping for more mythology stuff.

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  • Frank

    He looks like Kevin Sorbo! Oddly enough.

  • Jim Bo

    I don’t know why but I want to see this. I don’t like Brett Ratnor but this looks like it’d be some fun

  • YodaRocks

    “The very first Superhero”

    Lol. Sorry, but that title belongs to this guy:

  • mattinacan

    well considering Ratner has never made a good movie, this will probably be god awful. hercules without the supernatural? way to take the fun out of it Brett.

  • eternalozzie

    this is going to be terrible … but that wont stop me from watching it.

  • MJ

    These are the best photos they could come up with? DJ looks fat and constipated in the first photo?

  • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

    It does, right? Have to be better, I mean. Because that Renny Harlin film, it looked… It looked worse than Pompei. You think about that. WORSE. Than a Paul WS Anderson film. Now, I’m seeing neither of those films to confirm, but with Johnson being involved I’m thinking I’d at least be able to sit through this one. Maybe. But I’m not optimistic.

  • TheMattedScreen

    wait… Renny “Cliffhanger” Harlin did that? How did I not know about that? The advertising was so heavy on it staring “That one guy from the Twilight movies who had 2 lines as Hercules!” that I never knew Harlin did it.

  • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

    …and Die Hard 2: Die Harder and, most importantly, the Shane Black-scripted Long Kiss Goodnight. It’s SO sad. And I thought it was a wrestler in the main role, you are saying it’s a Twilight guy? -Now I’m watching it even less.