I'm not being negative, well I am, but I don't think I could take myself seriously as an Evans fan if I automatically pretended to like stuff that I don't. I think there's something wrong with The Losers and I'll be honest this was pointed out to me by my partner but once she'd said it I realised she was right. This has nothing to do with Chris or any of the other actors. They are all fantastic. It is a fundamental problem with the screenplay and the directing.
It all hangs on the children and Cougar. If you haven't seen the film stop reading because there's a spoiler.
In the film, the guys put their lives at risk to save the children. Good guys. When the helicopter explodes their reaction is the reaction of someone who's just been told there's no pizza left. Not such good guys.
Clay then says that what happened to the helicopter was actually meant for them and from then on their motive is not to avenge the murder of the children but to avenge the attempted murder of themselves. Soon after this the film gets back to the joking around. Actually, Jensen seems to get over the trauma of seeing a load of children blown to pieces in front of his eyes a little TOO quickly.
This to me kind of compromises them as people and their motives as a team.
It was only when I read the comic novels the film was based on that I realised to what extent the director had got this wrong. In the film Cougar is presented as a taciturn almost mysterious character from the beginning. I almost wondered if he'd been given little to say because maybe Óscar Jaenada's English wasn't very good.
In the books Cougar is presented as normal UNTIL witnessing what happened to the children. The trauma of seeing it is what makes him go quiet for good and he is motivating by his desire to revenge their fate!! In the film this is completely re-written and you end up with this mess. It would have been better to have Cougar speaking normally up to the helicopter scene and then for the group to be at least partly out to avenge the deaths of the innocent children who are actually never even referred to again.
Before Marvel took its stranglehold on cinema, comic book adaptations were hit and miss – partly because audiences weren’t sure how to take them. DC property The Losers was one such adaptation. Released in 2010, the film was based on the comic book of the same name and followed a special forces team left for dead by CIA superiors while on a mission.
Blending action and comedy – in a similar vein to the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that followed – The Losers won both critics and fans. With the passage of time, some of those critics have reappraised the film.
The movie starred Jeffrey Dean Morgan as well as Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana and Chris Evans – three of whom went on to take recurring roles in some of those Marvel films, as Heimdall, Gamora and Captain America respectively. Morgan, of course, instead picked up a prominent role in TV’s The Walking Dead as villain Negan.
But while a section of fans have long called for a sequel, The Losers 2 never materialised. FANDOM met with Jeffrey Dean Morgan – whose character Clay headed up the black ops team in the film – and asked him to provide the definitive answer why.
THE BALL WAS DROPPED
“There’s all sorts of stories about what went wrong with that movie and it’s mostly studio/producer stuff, and nothing to do with the actual film itself,” he said. “Because we had this amazing cast. And, I mean, really amazing cast when you look at it now. I think something got lost on the other end of things.”
The film failed to set the box office alight, which is one glaring reason a sequel wasn’t forthcoming. But Morgan blames the way it was marketed.
“It wasn’t promoted the way it should have been, to be honest with you,” he said. “And it’s too bad because when we did that movie, the idea was there was going to be more than one. And with this amazing cast – Chris Evans and Idris Elba and Zoe Saldana – and a great story and the great graphic novel to go off of, the ball was dropped. We talk about it frequently. All of us. We’re still friends. The ball was dropped.”
So if the opportunity was there to do another one, would Morgan be up for it? “Absolutely.”
In a post-Marvel Hollywood landscape, perhaps The Losers 2 could happen after all.
Interesting. I would love to see a sequel for obvious reasons. This cast IS amazing. Not just Chris, all of them. The Losers is good material for film too.
However, I don't share the cast's enthusiasm for the film to be honest. I have some issues with the final film. From the 'behind the scenes' interviews on the DVD with the writers they did seem to be involved but in my opinion the film strayed so far from the story in the graphic novel that a lot of it just didn't work. It's ages since I read it now but I do remember thinking 'why the fuck didn't they stick to this?'
"The movie came to life every time you were on the screen." Stan Lee to Chris Evans.