Warner Bros. is bringing D.C. Comics’ Jonah Hex to the big screen, with the “Crank” boys Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor set to adapt it from comic to screen, although the Hollywood Reporter doesn’t exactly make it clear if “adapt” means the boys will also direct. I have to admit, I never “got” the whole Jonah Hex deal, which probably explains why I never bothered with the comic books. Jonah Hex was a Confederate flag wearing bounty hunter who had one side of his face terribly disfigured (pictured left), and he plied his trade in the Wild Wild West. Basically, that’s all I know about it, so it’s a good thing Wikipedia is here to save the day:
Jonah Hex is a western comic book anti-hero, created by writer John Albano and artist Tony DeZuniga, and published by DC Comics. The right side of his face is horribly scarred, and he is normally shown wearing a Confederate States Army uniform. Hex is surly and cynical, and is in many ways similar to Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name or The Outlaw Josey Wales.
So there you go. According to the THR report, the filmmakers are planning to inject supernatural overtones into the movie in hopes of spawning a franchise. Don’t they always?
This won’t be the first time Hex has come to the screen — albeit the small screen, where he has appeared in “Batman: The Animated Series” in the episode “Showdown”, and “Justice League Unlimited” in the episode “The Once and Future Thing, Part 1: Weird Western Tales”.