Remember the 1996 adventure flick The Phantom? Because of it's stale acting, sub-par direction and absolutely irrelevant and idiotic tag line (Slam Evil!), you probably don't - and I don't blame you. The animated series Phantom 2040 did little to wash the sour taste of the Simon Wincer directed flop from my palette, but at least it took itself a bit more seriously. Syfy is now looking finally do The Ghost Who Walks justice with a new mini-series that will air as a two night, four hour event starting on June 20th at 7PM.
Starring Ryan Carnes as the titular vigilante, The Phantom is described as follows: The legendary superhero returns in this modern-day and action packed miniseries event. When Kit Walker learns of his father’s death, the adventurous young man inherits the mantle of his superhero father. As the new Phantom, the 21st in the Walker line, Kit vows to uphold and honor his ancestors’ creed-to fight crime and injustice throughout the world.
Whether or not The Phantom lives up to the characters 70 year history of comic greatness remains to be seen. There's certainly a booming market for costumed heroes on the big and small screen, so I believe that the interest is there, but if the quality isn't, this will be forgotten quicker than the Michael Phelps pot-smoking scandal.
To get prepared for the big night, we've got a handful of photos from the new take, courtesy of Screen Rant. Have a look at them below, and please, reserve judgment until Monday morning: