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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Josh Brolin Talks ‘Jonah Hex’!

It would seem that DC comics has a lot more to offer the big screen than just Superman and Batman if their recent crop of films is any indicator. In April Warner Bros. released The Losers, based on the DC comic of the same name about a burned team of CIA agents. The studio has also recently announced plans to develop films based on other none-super hero characters such as, Lobo, an extra-terrestrial bounty hunter, and Sgt. Rock, a World War II era US Army soldier. But before that, Warner Bros. will introduce the world to DC's famous western anti-hero, Jonah Hex, as the scarred character rides on to the big screen on June 18th. Stepping into the confederate uniform and wearing Hex's famous scar is Oscar nominated actor Josh Brolin, who is best known for his roles in films such as The Goonies, Grindhouse, No Country for Old Men, American Gangster, W. and Milk, for which he earned his nomination. In addition to Brolin, the film features a remarkable cast that includes fellow Oscar nominee John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire) as Hex's mortal enemy Quentin Turnbull, actor Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) as Turnbull's right-hand man Burke and superstar actress Megan Fox (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) as Hex's love interest Leila, a gun-wielding prostitute. We recently had an opportunity to sit down with the film's star Josh Brolin as well as the movie's director, Jimmy Hayward (Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who), to talk about the new film; it's unique characters, a possible sequel and the legendary comic that the movie is based on. To watch our exclusive interview please click on the video clip below.

In Jonah Hex, +Josh Brolin stars in the title role as a scarred drifter and bounty hunter of last resort, a tough and stoic gunslinger, capable of tracking down anyone ... and anything. Having survived death, Jonah's violent history is steeped in myth and legend, and has left him with one foot in the natural world and one on the "other side." His only human connection is with Leila (Megan Fox), whose life in a brothel has left her with scars of her own. Jonah's past is about to catch up with him when the U.S. military makes him an offer he can't refuse: in exchange for his freedom from the warrants on his head, he must track down and stop the dangerous terrorist Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich). But Turnbull, who is gathering an army and preparing to unleash Hell on Washington DC, is also Jonah's oldest enemy blaming Hex for his son's death, and will stop at nothing until Jonah is dead. Based on the legendary character from DC Comics, Jonah Hex is an epic adventure thriller about one man's personal quest for redemption against the vast canvas of the battle between good and evil.

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SET VISIT: ‘Jonah Hex’ Rises from the Grave in New Orleans!

No one wants to hear the words Howard the Duck in comparison to their latest work of cinematic art, but a flood of recent behind the scenes rumors have equated the upcoming Warner Bros. supernatural Western Jonah Hex to that much maligned cult oddity which featured a man in a duck suit making love to a crimped punk rocker while battling a space demon more concerned about the state of his fried eggs than his plans to envelope and destroy the Earth. Plot wise, Howard's stately persona has very little to do with Jonah Hex and his scarred-up face, except that they're both lesser known comic book entities whose audiences have failed to push them into the general pop consciousness before their films' release.

While Hex certainly has a long, enthusiastic, and constantly growing fanbase, the comic has never reached the same worldly status as our more recent big screen adaptations. It's a dilemma facing most major movie studios at this juncture in time, as our first tier heroes have already dominated the past decade in film. Now, directors and producers are being forced to turn to lesser-known commodities hoping to cash in on their cult status while also pushing them into the upper echelon of entertainment. Which can be a hard road to hoe when most audience members aren't familiar with the source material. The ruse certainly worked for Iron Man, a less significant Marvel character whose Cineplex incarnation has transformed him into an A list player capable of standing toe-to-toe with both Spider-Man and The Dark Knight (as this past weekend's box office numbers will certainly attest). This was made possible through a great script, a dedicated director in Jon Favreau, and a winning performance from Robert Downey Jr.. It's an enterprise built more on quality than pulp continuity, and director Jimmy Hayward is hoping to bring that same type of euphoric melding of ingredients to his take on this Civil War cowboy with the blistered cheek and the fast draw hand.

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