Stan Lee and Arnold Schwarzenegger to Launch The Governator Comic Book and Animated Series

When Arnold Schwarzenegger started talking seriously about his big Hollywood comeback and mentioned that a comic book character was among the roles he was pursuing, I don’t think any of us really thought he was talking about a character based on himself. But, well, here we are. Entertainment Weekly revealed this week the very first details on The Governator, a comic book and animated series that he is developing with none other than Stan Lee. The premise is exactly what it sounds like: a former governor who decides to become a Batman-inspired vigilante crimefighter with high tech equipment and a secret hideout under his house known as the Arnold Cave. If that sounds kinda corny and obvious, well, let’s face it… this is Stan Lee we’re talking about here.

The Governator’s arsenal also includes “a fleet of super vehicles at his disposal, a closet full of Super Suits that allow him to fly and perform other super stunts, and a team of colorful sidekicks, such as Zeke Muckerberg, the precocious 13-year-old computer whiz who acts as the Governator’s cybersecurity expert.” And just to make it sound even more like a bad SNL sketch, the primary villains will be an organization known as Gangsters Imposters Racketeers Liars & Irredeemable Ex-cons (G.I.R.L.I.E. Men). Groan.

In my opinion, self-parody is the last thing Arnold needs right now. Sure, he’s become a bit of a joke over the past few decades, but that can only take you so far. Many of his fans were hoping to see him return to some relatively serious action roles just like Sylvester Stallone has, and although that’s still possible, this isn’t going to make things easier. As for Stan Lee, the man may be a legend, but his track record has not been particularly great as of late. That being said, if this was a live action movie, I might be slightly more enthusiastic. What do you think, does The Governator have potential or is this a bad sign for Arnold’s comeback?

  • Pretty sure Frank called this on the podcast a few episodes back, well done. Too bad it’s animated.

  • Stormy

    The only sad thing about this is that every film and entertainment website on the interwebs has picked this up as a real story. Y’all realize that the issue date of this Entertainment Weekly is April 1st, right?

  • Nice… that makes a little more sense. Tricky though, I did actually double check the date before posting, didn’t think about the date of the issue.

  • David

    If it’s an April Fools Joke, it got me. Stan Lee does so much stupid shit now.

  • Kim

    Noooo. Please. make. this. real.

  • If this is an April Fool’s joke you can’t blame people for thinking it’s real when there’s a press release and EW posts the news well in advance of the first of April.

  • patrik

    I hope it´s not real.. Can´t Arnold and Cameron just get together and produce another True Lies movie starring Arnold..

  • djangoscud

    I would enjoy a follow up to Last Action Hero. Jack could be retiring from the force and some villain kidnaps a grandchild and takes off into our world. Austin O’brien could return as Officer Madigan LAPD.

    With 18 years of action films to riff off we could get some great laughs and maybe relaunch 2 careers.

  • Brendan

    Is Arnold drawing it too? That picture is sucktacular.

  • Faggymcbitchtits

    isn’t April Fools day supposed to be.. you know.. on the 1st of April? Unless if this was published in Japan?

  • Not April fool’s joke. And there’s going to be a 3D movie too.

  • swarez

    Yeah sadly this isn’t a joke.
    Here is the god awful trailer for it.