"Are you only the legend, or are you the truth?"
We only just got our first look at Dwayne Johnson as "the first superhero," but now the first trailer for Hercules has debuted online and we get to see "The Rock" in all of his mythic, epic glory as he ticks his way through the 12 Labors, including battles with the three-headed hell hound Cerberus, the massive sea serpent Hydra, the mammoth tusked boar Eurystheus and, of course, the gargantuan Nemean lion, which ends up as a pretty kean hat for ol' Herc.
Like the title character's labors, Hercules has been a decade-long labor of love for Johnson, who fell in love with the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars by writer Steve Moore and artist Admira Wijaya that inspired the movie. He told Yahoo!:
"The idea was to take the spirit of the graphic novel, which we liked, and then create a script and a story based on that that still gave a very unique twist on the story of Hercules. When we first meet this version of Hercules, he's gone through a tremendous amount of trauma and anguish over the fact that he'd murdered his family. So when we see him and he's introduced in this story, he doesn't care about his faith, and he doesn't care about who he is."
The movie was directed by Brett Ratner, whose reputation has suffered in recent years, largely because of Ratner's personality, rather than his talent. This proved to be a boon, noted Johnson:
"I got a Brett at a very special time. What I mean by that is he has had great success, he's been down, he's gotten back up. It's in that come-up that I was able to get Brett. He knew he had this incredible opportunity. He was very passionate about the project, very passionate about Hercules, and very passionate about doing something that was very special. Also, I got a very hungry Brett Ratner."
Hercules opens July 25th.