The problem with Preacher is that it's a book that a lot of people are pretty passionate and nostalgic about.
It is not an IP, like the Big Two characters, who have had loads of different interpretations over the years.
Generally speaking I'm pretty lax when it comes to Marvel and DC characters in movies and on tv. I'm happy to see different versions and I'm used to seeing different versions.
With Preacher, it's a singular vision of that creative team of Ennis and Dillion. There's only 1 version of those characters and there was a completely unmistakable feel to the book.
if it's not my favourite book of all time, it's not a kick in the baws off it. I'm reading it yet again at the moment and the bond and love I have for those characters is still strong today.
It's very difficult to detach from that when visually what you see is different. That's the immediate impact and the first judgement you make.
Dominic Cooper, who plays Jessie doesn't fit for me, I also think he's too wee. I have no idea how big Cooper is, but in my mind he's a wee guy.
Jessie was a big, strong, handsome lad who could fight like fuck.
I also can't get Andrew Lincoln out my head when I'm mentally casting that role.
Ruth Negga is absolutely gorgeous and she was amazing in Love/Hate. But she doesn't look like Tulip. Tulip is also very athletic in Preacher and she had to be. Negga is very slight. I'm also concerned about how her accent could be.
The boy from This is England they have as Cassidy is very likable, his name escapes me just now. But could they not have found a real Irishman for this part. Shane McGowan was the basis for this character and just don't see that in him.
I can't believe they never thought of Michael Smiley for this. I just can't fathom it. It's the most obvious bit of casting ever in the history of comics. He was born to play Cassidy. Ye feckin bollicks.
Ultimately though, I could watch the first episode of this and it'll just click. Sometimes the vibe and essence is just there, what on paper doesn't seem to work just does. That's what I'm holding out for.
And it fucking better.