By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Warner Bros Pictures
The Losers is another movie based on a comic book but it’s not just another comic book movie. Director Sylvain White got to bring some footage from the film to WonderCon to show the comic book fans.
Sylvain White Directs The Losers
“I think for me, as a filmmaker and a graphic novel fan since I’ve been a kid, it’s an absolute delight to be here among my peers and present what I’ve done with a graphic novel that’s so cool like The Losers and that’s so original in tone,” White said. “There’s a lot of derivative source material out there and I think graphic novels are now kind of giving and reboosting Hollywood in that sense. It’s giving them more original stories that are untapped.”
The story of a disavowed and presumed dead black ops team plays with familiar expectations from action fans. “There were two things that I really focused on that I knew worked extremely well in the graphic novel. The first thing is the tone. The graphic novel has a unique tone combining really gritty visceral action with a really strong humoristic tone. The characters are really fun to navigate the action with so that’s the first thing. The second thing is aesthetically, the graphic novel is amazing and I really wanted to reflect that in the movie. You can’t necessarily replicate frames out of the graphic novel. I don't think that helps anybody, but there are certain things that I talked about with Jock in terms of the use of colors and the graphic design of the novel that I really wanted to translate into the movie so that you have a comic book aesthetic but it doesn’t hit you over the head with it. It’s subtle and it eases you into that world.”
The Losers enters a marketplace that might be more familiar with Spider-Man or Batman. The Losers can take them by surprise. “I think the pressure came from the fact that it’s really great source material and you want the translation to movie to be at least as good if not better. I think the pressure came from there but in terms of how aware of not people are to the graphic novel it was pretty inconsequential for me. I just wanted to make a great movie that reflected the graphic novel as best as it can.”
The comic book is published under the Vertigo label for more mature audiences. White decided to keep the film PG-13. “I’ll tell you this. I came on this project, it was an R. I think the studio perceived it as an R film and I thought that’s ludicrous because the tone of the graphic novels, that’s really what’s important. It’s not the violence. It’s how intense and visceral the action is. So I really went for that versus how gory and graphic the violence is. The good thing about it is it still feels hard, hard as hell. It feels gritty and realistic. The rules were relatively easy to navigate with this film particularly and I don't think you miss that. It’s not like you watch the movie and you think, ‘Oh, this is a PG-13 movie.’ I think that’s a good accomplishment.”