The mythology of the ancient Greek hero Hercules dates back nearly 2,500 years, but the new trailer for the July 25 big-budget action movie Hercules starring Dwayne Johnson looks like it’s inspired by much more modern sources. Adapted from the 2008 comic book Hercules: The Thracian Wars by Steve Moore and Cris Bolsin, the story borrows elements from the original myths while freely changing the details. They trailer shows him going on a rampage to avenge their murder, but in most myths Hercules is driven mad by Zeus’s jealous wife Hera and he kills his wife and children (not really what you’d expect of The Rock in a summer blockbuster).
In keeping with the tradition of having two different productions exploring the same subject matter in production simultaneously, Hollywood will soon be presenting us with dueling adaptations of the story of Hercules, the mighty Greek hero born of the immortal Zeus and the mortal Alcmene. The one that’s gotten the most attention to date is “Hercules: The Thracian Wars,” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and directed by Brett Ratner. However, “Hercules: The Legend Begins,” directed by Renny Harlin, took a little bit more of the spotlight today as star Kellan Lutz introduced a 36-second teaser. We’ve seen pics of Johnson doing his 'Hercules workout,' and now we’ve seen Lutz slicing and dicing his way through an arena full of unworthy opponents.