In the age of superhero saturation, no characters are safe.
Most of us consider ourselves preachers of comic-book cinema.
It’s hard to determine which was the first big comic-book movie. Did Blade set the template in 1998? Or, was it Bryan Singer’s X-Men two years later? We saw some really interesting examples emerge at the dawn of the century, from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man to Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy.
We can perhaps all agree that it’s all come a very, very long way. Jon Favreau’s 2008 blockbuster Iron Man completely changed the game, giving birth to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Since then, we’ve seen a surge in superhero cinema which has only grown to intensify over the last decade. Some predicted it would have died out by now, but the trend’s beating heart is thumping away.
The sub-genre has had its ups and downs, but surprisingly, there have been just as many ups on the small screen as the big… Preacher is one of them.
DC Comics’ Preacher on AMC
What do you get when you put Sam Caitlin (Breaking Bad), Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen (This Is the End) in a room.
Well, before 2016, we wouldn’t have guessed it would be Preacher either. We’ve seen some pretty significant superhero series take off over the years, and while Marvel has always had the edge in the realm of cinema, many would argue that DC has been doing things right on the small screen where they’ve been messing up elsewhere. However, the DCEU’s blockbusters are actually on track right now after such hits as Aquaman and Shazam!
Joining the likes of Arrow and The Flash, Preacher arrived to bulk up DC’s TV rep and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) shines as leading man Jesse Custer in the lauded adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comic series. It’s persisted for four seasons now, wrapping up fans in its playful and wild approach to a whirlwind of genres; blending them up to deliver a very potent cocktail.
Preacher: Season 5
Season 4 premiered on Sunday, August 4th 2019, but is that it for the chain-smoking preacher?
The ten-episode season is set to conclude on Sunday, September 29th 2019, but already, fans are looking ahead to see how long the fascinating cast of characters will command the screen.
Sadly, the AMC series’ fourth season will be it’s last. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, developer and executive-producer Seth Rogen announced earlier this year that the show would conclude with season 4, so fans can expect the narrative to wrap up neatly – and violently, we might add – this September.
Preacher is coming!!! Final season of insanity premieres this Sunday. pic.twitter.com/uYD7fT8AiF— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) August 3, 2019
Wins and losses
It’s been a rather mixed year for comic-book adaptation fans.
We’ve seen new heights reached with Avengers: Endgame, which is now the highest-grossing movie of all time – no small task! We’ve seen MCU’s phase 3 conclude with a solid Spider-Man effort and we watched TV series Gotham reach its conclusion with season 5.
Legacies have been carved out this year, but some have fallen utterly short. The cancellation of DC Universe’s Swamp Thing after it had only just aired was a blow for those who had been waiting years for it to be realised like this. Back in February, Jessica Jones was cancelled, as was The Punisher the very same month.
It’s been pretty up and down, but let’s hope Preacher goes out with a bang!
In other news, Joshua Orpin joins Titans.