The New Phantom, er, Doesn’t Look like the Phantom at All

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Well you knew they had to do it: the Sci Fi Channel is bringing back The Phantom, but it won’t be The Phantom fans grew up with. Instead, it’ll be one of those fandangled “re-imaginings” where in lieu of his skin-tight purple suit and mask, this new, younger Phantom will instead look like, well, an alien from outer space who wants to take a dip in your pool. Or possibly break into your house and steal your stereo.

Here are the new concept art for the new Phantom from SciFiWire. Ryan Carnes will be playing the new version of the Phantom. No wonder they hired a kid for the role. The Phantom in this new incarnation is basically a teenager.

The two-night mini-series will work as a backdoor pilot for The Sci Fi Channel, who may put the character into series if the ratings are good enough. It will star Carnes as the Phantom and co-star Isabella Rossellini as Lithia, the head of an experimental mind-control program, Cameron Goodman as Chris Walker’s love interest Renny, and Sandrine Holt as the Phantom’s trusted advisor, Guran.

And just to refresh your memory, here’s what the original Phantom looked like. So, yeah, I guess you can see why they had to radically re-design the costume. I’m not sure this would work in today’s environment.

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  • The Strongest There Is

    Thank god they are re designing the phantom. While im a fan of the character, you cant be expected to take any show seriously with a character dressed like THAT nowadays. If the concept of the character is a sign of the thought going behind the show….I am actually becoming interested.

  • The Strongest There Is

    Thank god they are re designing the phantom. While im a fan of the character, you cant be expected to take any show seriously with a character dressed like THAT nowadays. If the concept of the character is a sign of the thought going behind the show….I am actually becoming interested.

  • Larry Wilson

    I love the fact that The Phantom is being made into a series (or movie) — I’m just not in favor of the new outfit — the thing is, if the Phantom is suppose to be the same person, who has lived 400 years, you bring the chain by putting him in a new outfit. No more “Ghost Who Walks”, just some new guy using the name. Besides the old outfit has survived all these years, because it’s so cool (like Batman). So wise up SyFy and no gangbanger looking Phantom, otherwise you’re series is doomed to failure, before it ever sees the light of day. You heard it here first.

  • Larry Wilson

    I love the fact that The Phantom is being made into a series (or movie) — I’m just not in favor of the new outfit — the thing is, if the Phantom is suppose to be the same person, who has lived 400 years, you bring the chain by putting him in a new outfit. No more “Ghost Who Walks”, just some new guy using the name. Besides the old outfit has survived all these years, because it’s so cool (like Batman). So wise up SyFy and no gangbanger looking Phantom, otherwise you’re series is doomed to failure, before it ever sees the light of day. You heard it here first.

  • jai

    i buy the phantom every fortnight like a hell of a lot of peoplein australia this is just terrible stupid americian producers and writers need to leave the good things alone dear god the last phantom film was only bad because of billy zane and a few bits and peices but this is just wrong he looks like a video game charactor i will never watch this with a concept and costume like this the phantom is the phantom not some teen crap

  • jai

    i buy the phantom every fortnight like a hell of a lot of peoplein australia this is just terrible stupid americian producers and writers need to leave the good things alone dear god the last phantom film was only bad because of billy zane and a few bits and peices but this is just wrong he looks like a video game charactor i will never watch this with a concept and costume like this the phantom is the phantom not some teen crap

  • Nixon

    who cares…..i grew up readin phantom rite wen i was 10 yrs…. hav a lots of collection….yeah i do agree dat with the old suit its always wat we imagine on hearin the phantom…but he had to be upgraded….maybe the suit is a little off especially the mask…. but i really dont care…as long as i got to watch the phantom….

  • http://syko.org/ Joshed

    Watched it and loved it.