Animated Jonah Hex Makes ‘Cowboys’ and the ‘Wild, Wild West’ Look Badass Again
Whoever is a fan of westerns and comics must have heard at least once about the most badass cowboy to have ever traveled through the American west, not to mention space and time (not necessarily in that order): JONAH HEX. Created by writer John Albano and artist Tony DeZuniga in 1972, Hex became almost immediately one of DC’s most beloved underdogs; complete with a troubled past, a signature scar cursing his face (and life) forever and an attitude that mixed righteous vigilantism with a hardcore pimp. Jonah was pure gold. Even though he wasn’t as big as Superman or Batman when it came to sales numbers, Jonah Hex has been portrayed several times as one of the most valuable gems of the DC Universe and is overall a hero that embodies the generations of the 70’s and 80’s with plenty of hardcore fans supporting him.
With such a resume you’d expect that Legendary Pictures put A LOT of time and effort into making a movie that would live up to what Jonah Hex is all about… THEY DID NOT! Luckily for us SOMEONE at Warner Brothers decided to make up for that tragedy of a movie by calling director Joaquim Dos Santos and writer Joe R. Lansdale to make an animated short to be added with the Batman: Under the Red Hood DVD release and man did they get it right! Clocking in at almost 12 minutes, this animated short does what an 81-minute live action movie couldn’t… show us Jonah Hex being Jonah Hex, a badass bounty hunter/cowboy/pimp with a heart buried somewhere in there. YEE-HA!!