Collider has the first two official pics and a synopsis for The Losers, by way of Omelete. Nothing heart-stoppingly cool, but it’s enough to show that the visual of the movie is close enough to the comics to make me happy.
The synopsis? Ay, there’s the rub.
The synopsis in question:
An explosive tale of double cross and revenge, “The Losers” centers upon the members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. The team-Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar -find themselves the target of a lethal betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Presumed dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they’re joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. Working together, they must remain deep undercover while tracking the heavily-guarded Max, a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war.
Okay, they’ve got the “presumed dead” and “Max is the mastermind” aspects, but Bolivia? I’ve said it before, I really hope that there are a few cosmetic changes for understandable reasons–maybe they felt Afghanistan was too emotionally close to comfortably use in an action movie–but Hollywood has proved, again and again, it is awesome at completely destroying a cool idea.
While the “bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war” is a little too bad-Bond-plot, it isn’t any worse than the reveal in the actual series. I loved a lot of the Losers, and the action up to the end was outstanding, but I’m on record as being disappointed both in Max’s bio and the plan as revealed in the final few issues. Changing Max’s goals, and changing Max himself, I wouldn’t be against.
But don’t change Aisha, even the climax of her character arc. Don’t change Roque. Don’t change the tenor or atmosphere of story. The comic did so many cool things so well, don’t just change for the love of changing.
Final thought: as expected, Zoe is looking hot, but these pics make her look quite different from her Uhura character, which is a good thing. I’m actually surprised at how different she looks. The pic of her alone really reminds me of Thandie Newton. That’s a very good thing.