Sunday during The Walking Dead, AMC dropped the first trailer for Preacher. Take a look after the jump:
From the teaser, it does not look like there is going to be a lack of violence, but no real mention of Genesis, God, or any of the other supernatural elements from the comics. We do get to meet Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer and get a small look at his internal struggle to stay on the side of good while punishing the wicked as well as brief glances at Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare and Joe Gilgun as Cassidy.
The comic book series the show is based on is about a preacher named Jesse Custer who becomes possessed by an entity that is more powerful than God. This entity in the comics is known as Genesis and is a baby born of an affair between an angel and a demon. Since the baby has the powers that come with being made of both pure evil and pure good, the baby is considered to be more powerful than God, who only possesses the power that comes with pure goodness. This disparages God and he leaves heaven. The comic book series follows Jesse while he and his ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and best friend, Cassidy who also happens to be a vampire, go around the U.S. looking for God.
This description of the comic is only the tip of the very crazy ice burg. The comic is very dark as it deals with the worst of human nature. Jesse grew up with a grandmother who had his father killed in front of him because he wanted to leave and she would regularly punished Jesse by leaving him in a casket with no food or water for days. Jesse, in his journey to find God, runs into several characters that he must punish due to their horrible crimes against the innocent. Jesse possesses what is known as “The Word of God” which means those who he directs the “Word” towards has to do what he says. He saves the “Word” for those who truly deserve punishment and it is not pretty. God is not exactly a good person and neither are angels. Both are susceptible to sin. Again, this is only the tip of the crazy iceberg.
The best way I can describe Preacher is completely warped and I wonder how far AMC is willing to go. I have confidence Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will faithfully adapt the comics as best as they possibly can for a visual medium and Sam Catlin, who was one of the writers from the brilliant Breaking Bad, will not shy too hard from the overall themes. AMC has shown that it is not afraid of very adult content in its shows and making the worst of people the guys you end up rooting for, but this comic book also deals with God leaving his throne in heaven, a being that is more powerful than him, and all the worst things people do to each other simply because they can. How far are these guys going to go into the comics? I think that is what is going to keep those of us who are fans watching in the beginning, but what about those who have never heard of the series? How are they going to react to the very dark tone?
What do you guys think of the little tease we have gotten so far for Preacher? Are you excited for this series to start mid-2016? Are you a fan of the comic or is this the first time you have ever heard of the series? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.