Pretty much all of these things that make the Lone Ranger a
good character are absent in the new Disney movie version. The Lone Ranger is a wimp who needs an
insane-acting Tonto to convince him to become a hero. It’s not that changes can’t be made to a character
or that a concept can’t be rebooted. But
in this case, they have taken all the good aspects of the concept and thrown
them out, leaving us with characters that no longer have any resemblance to the
original idea. And you would think when
doing a new version of a classic character you would consider first making sure
to keep the reason the character still warrants interest after all this time.
It doesn’t seem like DC has ever really figured out what to do with the character, however. There have been many versions and reboots over the years. The latest reboot is by writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank. And I’m really, really enjoying the heck out of it! In this version Billy is an orphaned boy with a bad attitude who turns out to be a good, though somewhat rough and cynical, kid. They dropped the “Captain Marvel” name this time, but kept the key concept: a kid who turns into an adult super-hero. The supporting character are excellent, and events promise plenty of exciting future stories. Geoff’s writing on this series is some of his best I’ve ever read, and Gary’s art is his best I’ve ever seen! The series so far should be out soon as a trade paperback and I’d recommend picking it up.
And I’d recommend watching the Lone Ranger. Not the new movie. But the classic TV series. You should be able to find it on DVD!