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The 6 Best of Hercules in Pop Culture

Hercules! Hercules! Hercules! That’s still a reference people get, right? Good. The Rock’s big Hercules movie comes out at the end of this month, and that’s reason enough to celebrate as far as I’m concerned! He’s the Rock! Doing Hercules!¬†It’s kind of perfect, actually.

I’m torn as to whether or not the word ‘smackdown’ should be in this movie

I am a huge fan of Greek myths. I can still remember the Big Book of Greek Myths I used to devour from my middle school library. So seeing a big budget Hercules movie (that isn’t that earlier big budget Hercules movie from January) is kind of a treat. It’s the Rock fighting all the great Greek monsters. That alone should be pretty cool. And you know what else is pretty cool: the idea that people have been playing Hercules for centuries. This is a character that has existed since before the Roman Empire. How cool is it that we, as a society, are still telling¬†the story of Hercules?

And why can we do that? Because nobody owns the rights to Hercules! Anybody can make a Hercules movie or cartoon or video game or comic book…and they have! Join me after the jump to check out the 6 greatest pop culture appearances of the Lion of Greece!

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Hercules: The New Legendary Journeys

So the Rock’s big Hercules movie is due out any week now, and as these things go, they’ve put out another trailer. And it’s…hard to say. I think this trailer puts the final nails in the coffin.

Don’t get me wrong, maybe the movie will be great. The Rock is a pretty awesome guy, and this seems to be a real passion project for him. So maybe there’s hope. But watching that trailer…ugh. It just looks like a big, dumb, action-overloaded historical epic, and I just don’t think the movie-going public cares about that sort of thing. Have they ever?

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