So the trailer for the upcoming film Doom: Annihilation dropped a couple of days ago and…wow, it’s being received with less fanfare than a Tuesday screening of Captain Marvel.
If you’re surprised to hear that there is another Doom film in production, you’re not alone. I had no idea that there was another film in the storied Doom franchise, more than likely because the new film, starring Amy Manson and directed by Tony Giglio, is a direct to video film that doesn’t even have a hard release date yet. As of right now, all we have to go on is a release window of 2019.
But the trailer that was released on Monday the 11th, actually doesn’t look that bad. In fact, it looks very similar to the Doom movie that was released in 2005 starring Dwayne Johnson and Karl Urban. The only difference being that it looked like someone turned on a light or two in the 2019 reboot. While I certainly don’t have a problem with the look of the film many fans of the video game series are latching onto a couple major complaints (from what I can tell).
While some are a little miffed that the film looks “cheap”, others are upset that this film will have a rather obvious lack of Doom Guy.
While the expression #takingover could be considered a little aggressive, that this film will feature a Doom Girl instead of a Doom Guy isn’t an issue. While I would’ve preferred that there be a Doom Guy in this film, I would argue that it can work just fine without him. I mean who the hell is Doom Guy? Other than a massively powerful apex predator of a protagonist,, what is he known for? He’s not this revered character known for spinning an epic yarn about blasting pink demons between there beady little eyes. Even though he will be missed, even Master Chief won’t be the hero of his own TV series when/if that ever happens.
Other than an awkwardly short official trailer, Doom: Annihilation looks like a dark, bloody, rocking…decent time and worth the ten bucks the DVD will probably be. I think the real issue with this film isn’t the gender of the protagonist or the fact that this film is direct to video, but it’s the money and confidence that was put into this film by Universal Pictures. Is it really that big a deal anymore that a film would find it’s inspiration from a video game? When comic book films are making money in the billions, is it that hard to believe that video game adaptations will also get their day in the sun? The MCU wouldn’t be a thing without a little confidence from a major film studio. While a Doom doesn’t need (and shouldn’t have) a budget of one hundred million dollars, major studio backing would a step in the right direction. Because in 2019, there is no reason that 1995’s Mortal Kombat should be the best video game movie.
If nothing else, Doom Annihilation will actually feature a story that somewhat involves Hell. Which is something the other Doom movie couldn’t be bothered with.
Doom Annihilation will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray some time in 2019.