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    Character » The Phantom appears in 5854 issues.

    Created in 1936 by Lee Falk, The Phantom dwells deep in jungles of the African nation of Bangalla. The "Ghost Who Walks" has battled pirates and criminals for more than 400 years!

    Pics from Upcoming Syfy The Phantom Mini-Series

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    Edited By inferiorego  Staff
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    Syfy channel has a four hour mini-series coming up on June 20th at 7 P.M., and it's a character many of us are familiar with: The Phantom. the mini-series stars Ryan Carnes, who is best known for his work on Desperate Housewives. 
     
    This mini-series hopes to revitalize the character, as we really haven't seen him in action since the role was played by Billy Zane in the feature length movie way back in 1996. That same year, the character had his own cartoon, Phantom 2040, which also had a SNES game. Most memorable for some of us would be the 1986 classic cartoon Defenders of the Earth which not only featured the Phantom, but also Flash Gordon and Mandrake the Magician.
     == TEASER ==
    According to MTV

     Adapted by "Carnivale" creator Daniel Knauf and his son Charles, the two-part "Phantom" miniseries premieres June 20 and is based on the classic pulp comic hero created by Lee Falk, updated with a new costume and modern, high-tech setting...Ryan Carnes stars as Kit Walker, a descendant of one of the earlier iterations of the masked, gun-toting hero

     In addition to all this information, Syfy released a bunch of pictures on their site, here's a select few of the cooler ones. I know it's one of those "modernizations" of a pulp character, but even though I REALLY want to hate the costume, I kind of like it. I know many of the purists out there will be a little ticked, but it's modernization of the character, so they can technically take all the liberties they want with the characters. What do you guys think? Is this something you'll watch? What do you think of the costume update?

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    #1  Edited By Anthony Robson92

    Hmm, an interesting take, I think I could enjoy this, we'll see.

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    #2  Edited By Magian

    I remember the movie and the animated series. They were good. As for the costume, it's not bad.
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    #3  Edited By Final Arrow

    This could be interesting , not a fan of the costume but don't hate it. I loved Phantom 2040 and the Phantom movie was not awful but it was not great. fingers crossed.

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    #4  Edited By LT1085

    The hood/mask thing looks extremely awkward. 

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    #5  Edited By Decept-O

    I don't know, the costume update isn't bad per se, but the mask and hood--I don't know.  Granted, The Phantom wears a purple costume in the frikkin' jungle.  They could have left the costume design alone since he is in the city but who knows. 
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    #6  Edited By Namor1987
    @LT1085 said:
    " The hood/mask thing looks extremely awkward.  "
    Hell yeah get rid of the hood keep the mask & you're good to go
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    #7  Edited By Baddamdog

    HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS! :O

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    #8  Edited By ArtisticNeedham

    And this costume is meant to be better, cooler, than the purple spandex?
    Anyone remember the cartoon?  I think it was by the same artist team as Eon Flux (or whatever the MTV show was called)

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    #9  Edited By Bathory1313

    Billy Zane is the man... just saying

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    #10  Edited By KNIGHT SAVIOR

    l like the costume , but the mask .........eehhh but l have to see the show  to give my definite opinion

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    #11  Edited By Omega Ray Jay

    As far as I can remember that movie wasn't to bad, I could be wrong though.

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    #12  Edited By Robotman

    The costume designer must have been inspired by the movie Dodgeball. :  ) 
     

     
     

     
     
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    #13  Edited By the_fallen11

    boo. long live ZANE!

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    #14  Edited By Bruce Vain

    This blows big time - the costume looks like shit. Hell even the Skull ring is on the wrong finger. It's suppose to be on the middle finger. Anyone who knows anything about fighting or boxing. Knows that if you throw a punch at someone you generally want to hit them with your first 2 knuckles. Which is why the ring is on the middle finger so he's able to leave an imprint of the skull on people's faces. It's gonna be a little hard for him to do this when it's on his ring finger.  
     
    Goes to show once again that "SyFy" is ruining another Pulp Comic hero. We all saw how they handled Flash Gordon. Utter crap that was.  
      
    "I always say if it's not broken , why fix it ?" 
     
    If they wanted to make the costume somewhat modern it should at least look like this. 

     
     


     
     

    Another thing is that I don't really care for the actor they got to play the Phantom.
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    #15  Edited By Rich-Man

    ive just checked my TV guide so i can series link record this series and it is NOT on, on the 20th june on Syfy?   

    is it only in the states?

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    #16  Edited By tajlund1

    I am a Phantom fan from way back. I had the opportunity to watch this recently. (Sorry, can't really tell you how right now).  It was terrible.  First off this version of Kit Walker  is an orphan unaware of his history. That's Ok, Second he's a Parkour punk with a bad attitude. Third, the Phantom has become a high tech organization rather than an individual.  Fourth the Pirate Brotherhood is now a massive megacorp with an evil plan to take over the world (spoiler, it's the same plan from the premier of Max Headroom in the 80's). Fifth the armor gives him superhuman abilities, completely eliminating the human element from the Phantom.
     
    All in all, not impressed. Main actor is uninteresting, plot's too similar to what's been done before, without being true to the source.

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    #17  Edited By Icon

    The pilot did not inspire confidence (it aired here in Canada months ago, and you can watch it online as well obviously). It's too bad really. The Phantom deserves better than something so unfaithful to the source, and poorly executed. 

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    #18  Edited By SuperCoonce
    @ComicMan24 said:
    " I remember the movie and the animated series. They were good. As for the costume, it's not bad. "
    yeah - that was a really great animated show.
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    #19  Edited By Magian
    @SuperCoonce:
    Yes they were.
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    #20  Edited By RoninKane

    Looks terrible! Is he going to race BMX in the Arctic?
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    #21  Edited By Aquamariner

    Wow... costumes looks SOOOOO CHEAP on TV. So, what? they're trying to punk-up The Phantom, now? 
     
    Why not have the guy wear the original costume. This one looks like crap... worse than the dude in that new NBC show (or CBS or whatever) called "The Cape"  
     
    @Bathory1313 said:

    " Billy Zane is the man... just saying "
    110% agreed.
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    #22  Edited By iloverobots
    @Robotman said:
    " The costume designer must have been inspired by the movie Dodgeball. :  ) 
     

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    Truth. hahaha
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    #23  Edited By Freddy.Mercurial

    why hasn't there been a Defenders of the Earth series/re-imagined cartoon/movie yet???  is it due to Flash Gordon's rights or something?  
     
    this suit looks awful...  specially the head-piece...  & i'm NO purist! 

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    #24  Edited By Archetype

    ah man this completely killed my Blue Beetle high that I was riding on.Oh well Syfy will do what Syfy does which means they will make a couple of TV shows that I enjoy and then hours of complete drivel.

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    #25  Edited By CaptainGenisVell

    I saw this last week, it's ok but not brilliant.
    I thought he was going to be wearing the original suit as you get to see it within the movie yet you have to put up with the suit you see in the photos.

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    #26  Edited By SupremoMaximo

    Finally.. Someone else that remembers Defenders of the Earth..

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    #27  Edited By 4Essence

    This looks pretty damn awful
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    #28  Edited By Cosmic Sentinel

    I loved Defenders of the Earth.

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    #29  Edited By Stamps

    I want  Billy Zane in it...I'm not joking

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    #30  Edited By NightFang3

    I think the new suit looks okay and i'm hoping this mini-series doesn't suck. 

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    #31  Edited By goldenkey
    @Cosmic Sentinel said:
    "I loved Defenders of the Earth. "

    Was that the one that had Lionman in it as well.  Or was that just a Flash Gordon Cartoon because if it was , it was older then 1986.  We're talking about when the Flash Gordon movie came out and that was more like 81 or 80. 
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    #32  Edited By tajlund1
    @goldenkey:  Prince Thun was only in the Flash Gordon series. Defenders of the Earth came later and was kind of a psuedo sequel to the Flash Gordon series. DOTE had Mandrake, Flash Gordon, Phantom, Lothar, and a pack of annoying kids.  They battled Ming who was on a quest to take over the earth. Interesting points in it though. One they killed Dale Arden, completely caught me out of left field. And then they made the mistake a few other things did, and gave the Phantom powers.
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    #33  Edited By greenenvy

    I still rather watch cape because its the best one of all the others. No ordinary family looks OK. 

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    #34  Edited By Nova`Prime`

    As long as this doesn't air on Thursday at 9 I'll watch it.

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    #35  Edited By BiteMe-Fanboy
    @Robotman said:
    " The costume designer must have been inspired by the movie Dodgeball. :  ) 
     

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    LOL! i strongly dislike the costume.
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    #36  Edited By Nova`Prime`
    BiteMe-Fanboy said:
    " @Robotman said:
    " The costume designer must have been inspired by the movie Dodgeball. :  )
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    LOL! i strongly dislike the costume. "

    True costume isn't the greatest, but I would worry more about bad writing then the costume at this point.
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    #37  Edited By PuckPuck

    Growing up in Australia, The Phantom was, I can tell you, godly. It's a shame they have just taken the name and decided to make it a suped up version. A large part of The Phantom's appeal is him being strictly 'normal'. Ah well. :/

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    #38  Edited By ComicCrazy

    Oh man I @!#@ing hate this! I love the Phantom and I don't mind the old movie but this is ridiculous now the live action reboot thing that I wanted to happen so badly will never happen because now everyone will think of the phantom as some crappy syfy tv show and he looks sooooo ridiculous he looks the punisher in punisher war zone so stupid. Sorry for the rant but I really wanted to see a good Phantom movie.
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    #39  Edited By Staticoss

    the costume sucks eggs; if they make the costume like  that and place the setting in america instead of africa they may as well give the series a completely different name and just make it your usual piece of shit show instead of ruining a hole franchise's name
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    #40  Edited By Levionne Klay

    I will give it a chance I never understood the story line 

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    #41  Edited By Lost_Rellik

    I've seen those pics before, their from the movie remake of the Phantom...well not really remake but newer version I guess. Its pretty bad I think, and if the show is going to be like the movie than it will also be bad. Id barely rate it a B movie at best.
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    #42  Edited By CaptHowdy

    This aired in Canada about a year ago.... I hated the Phantom's arch villain... too hammy and b-movie-ish.  I thought I would hate the new costume and/or the actor playing the Phantom but no... I thought it was a good job.  Other than the horrible villain that drove me nuts, I liked it... I'll watch a season of it if it gets picked up as a regular series.

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    #43  Edited By Jewlz_Verne

    Just bring it back as a cartoon. 
     
    the actor in this = not convincing  
     
    Acting = seems real poor
      
    The suit = lame, they could of at least shown some sort of relation to the actual phantom suit. 
     
    Film quality = poor 
     
    Verdict - I give it one season

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    #44  Edited By Jewlz_Verne
    @Icon said:
    " The pilot did not inspire confidence (it aired here in Canada months ago, and you can watch it online as well obviously). It's too bad really. The Phantom deserves better than something so unfaithful to the source, and poorly executed.  "

    They gave him a little purple hat and they think thats it he looks like the phantom. 
     
    Just bring it back as a cartoon. 
     
    the actor in this = not convincing  
     
    Acting = seems real poor
      
    The suit = lame, they could of at least shown some sort of relation to the actual phantom suit. 
     
    Film quality = poor 
     
    Verdict - I give it one season 
     
     Nothing screams Phantom about this, he could equally be a made up guy
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    The Phantom has a licensed board game on kickstarter at the moment

    https://tinyurl.com/ThePhantomBoardGame

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