Superhero Sunday: The Lone Ranger

Oh my god, have you seen any of the pictures from the upcoming film ‘The Lone Ranger’?

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.  Johnny Depp as Tonto and *deep breaths, Helen, deep breaths* ARMIE HAMMER as The Lone Ranger.

I know that the general consensus is that Johnny Depp is some kind of sex god but I’m not particularly fussed about him to be honest.  But Armie Hammer… oh my god. Those eyes.  The height. That jawline. The man is so beautiful that even just thinking about him makes my nose bleed.  You’ll recognise him from his roles in The Social Network and Mirror, Mirror but I have a feeling that this is the role that will propel him into real stardom.

Don’t let your PTSD flashbacks from ‘Wild Wild West’ influence your impression of this film, people.

So, I reckon the Lone Ranger is one of those characters that everyone knows through cultural references and parodies, but the character was a stalwart of American culture used in particular to uphold a certain moral standard of standing up for a good cause.  The actors who played the Lone Ranger in its earliest incarnations were very serious about the example they set for children, and the original writer of the character, Fran Striker, came up with a moral code that the Lone Ranger lived by.

I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one.

That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.

That God put the firewood there but that every man must gather and light it himself.

In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.

That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.

That ‘This government, of the people, by the people and for the people’ shall live always.

That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.

That sooner or later … somewhere … somehow … we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.

That all things change but truth, and that truth alone, lives on forever.

In my Creator, my country, my fellow man.”

I’ve only recently started to appreciate the Western genre, one that my grandpa is and always has been very interested in, so I reckon this is going to be a film I’ll enjoy for more than just the presence of the quite frankly delicious Armie Hammer.  And in addition, it will be a nice change to have a hero lacking in the high-tech gadgetry that many superheroes and good-guys rely on these days… *cough* Batman *cough*.  It’s apparently been in ‘production hell’ for a while now, with things like budgets and clashing work schedules setting back production several times – can you believe that they considered Pirates of The Caribbean 4 to be a priority over this film? Ridiculous! – but hopefully the film will stay on track for its release in 2013.  And I seriously hope they keep Rossini on the soundtrack.  Don’t push this film back any further, Disney – I can’t wait!

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