Hoping this is an elaborate April Fool’s joke, here it comes.
Entertainment Weekly announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Stan Lee have teamed up to create THE GOVERNATOR, an animated cartoon superhero version of Schwarzenegger himself.
“When I ran for governor back in 2003 and I started hearing people talking about ‘the Governator,’ I thought the word was so cool… The word Governator combined two worlds: the world of politics and the movie world. And brings everything together. It combines the governor, the Terminator, the bodybuilding world, the True Lies…”
Stan Lee is quoted as saying: “The Governator is going to be a great superhero, but he’ll also be Arnold Schwarzenegger. We’re using all the personal elements of Arnold’s life. We’re using his wife. We’re using his kids. We’re using the fact that he used to be governor. Only after he leaves the governor’s office, Arnold decides to become a crime fighter and builds a secret high-tech crime-fighting center under his house in Brentwood.”
The article lists an Arnold Cave, “Super Suits” that will allow The Governator to fly and grant other abilities, a wacky team of sidekicks, and super villains. One of these will be called Gangsters Imposters Racketeers Liars & Irredeemable Ex-cons ( G.I.R.L.I.E. Men).
Says Schwarzenegger: “I love the idea of a control center below my house with a path so that boats and submarines can go right into the ocean. In the cartoon, my house is much closer to the beach than where we live, but, you know, it’s a cartoon.”
If this isn’t a gag, look for it in 2012. Actually, it sounds like it could be funny —as a one-off spoof. A series? Seems like stretching a joke too far.