AMC releases the first Preacher trailer, and it’s a little weird
During AMC’s The Walking Dead, the network unleashed the first trailer for the upcoming, highly anticipated (by me, anyway) new show, Preacher. And it was kind of weird.
If you don’t know what Preacher is all about, you still won’t after seeing the trailer. It’s fairly bland, but beyond that, it creates a tone that – if consistent – may run somewhat contradictory to the source material.
Preacher is based on the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon Vertigo comic of the same name. If you haven’t read it… well, then the trailer was probably just a little dull. For those that are fans, it was concerning.
The comic follows Jesse Custer, a preacher in a small Texas town with an extremely anti-preacherish background, who finds himself trapped. When a supernatural entity grants him a power similar to the word of God, he vows to track down the Almighty and find out why he abandoned his creation – and Custer is willing to beat it out of the Supreme Being if necessary.
On his blasphemous quest, Custer is joined by his ex-girlfriend, a would-be assassin named Tulip, and Cassidy, an Irish vampire with a lust for life. Together they set off around the world, battling secret societies, an unstoppable killing force, and – at one point – French culinary tastes.
It was a confrontational comic, featuring sex and violence as a common background. It was also a dark comedy.
From the first issue, it was clear that humor was a major part of the story. If you take the comedy away, Preacher would have been a messed up comic without all that many endearing qualities. It would be brutal and mean spirited. You could even make an argument that it could be a horror comic, based on the violence. It might even be somewhat close to the tone of AMC’s juggernaut, The Walking Dead…
Thankfully, that wasn’t the tone of the series. The trailer, however, is a hazy on that.
You can check it out yourself, but Dominic Cooper’s take on Custer seems more earnest than the original source material. In the comic, if a kid came up to Custer and asked for help with his –presumably – abusive father, Custer would have smiled and said “sure.” In this clip though, he goes into the morality of violence. That stands in stark contrast to the comic.
Still, it’s just a trailer, probably meant more for non-fans that don’t know the comic than fans that are going to watch it regardless.
An exact release date hasn’t been given beyond 2016, but rumors put the debut sometime in May. Hopefully we’ll have a better look at the series by then.