‘’Hollywood! I would be back.’’ Arnold Schwarzenegger has kept true to his word. From body building to action film super hero, ceremoniously entered California government house, spent almost eight years there and then back to our big screens. Welcome to the birth of the ‘’Governator’’. I have always been fascinated by Arnold Schwarzenegger, although some might argue that his eight years as the Governor of California was sort of a misadventure but his successful fight for the environment can never be brushed aside. The environment continues to be a passion for Schwarzenegger, who won praise for his efforts to reduce California’s carbon emissions during his time as governor. Though critics chastised him for lacking a coherent economic plan and failing to address the state’s housing crisis, he pushed through two bills creating the first U.S. cap on greenhouse gas emissions as part of a plan to reduce California’s emissions by 25 per cent by 2020.
The ‘’Governator’’ which is to debut in 2012 is a children’s comic book and a 52 episode television series featuring Schwarzenegger’s crime-fighting alter ego. The Governator will battle the evil G.I.R.L.I.E. Men (Gangsters, Imposters, Racketeers, Liars and Irredeemable Ex-cons) with the help of a uniquely talented teenage quartet, including Zeke Muckerberg, a 13-year-old computer genius inspired by Facebook co-founder MarkZuckerberg. The cartoon series would feature the life and times of Arnold Schwarzenegger off and on screen. The series would also feature a fictionalized Schwarzenegger who steps down from his role as governor of California in order to fight crime. Stan Lee (X-men, Spider-man, The Fantastic Four) is developing the project alongside Andy and Amy Heyward of A Squared Entertainment.
Although after watching the trailer I would say there is nothing really new about the series. It seemed more to me like a throw-back to the late-eighties, early-nineties Saturday morning cartoons. Whether or not that style will resonate with the younger fans remains to be seen. Some movie pundits have termed it as copy-cat.
I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that this comeback project is going to be a bit divisive for Arnold fans. Those of us who remember him most fondly for his muscles-and-manliness, face-to-the-wall, hard-core action flicks likely won’t be pumped up about ‘’The Governator’’. A lot of us want more F-bombs with our Arnold, and that’s more than understandable.
However, considering the fact that this is an animated project we need not be hard on Arnold. Besides, when this series is eventually released in the big screen and it turns out to be spiced with humor, then it might just be worth our while.