The heroes are the best-known part of Greek mythology, but what makes a hero? Having monsters to fight, that's what. Luckily for the heroes, the Greeks had the strangest, coolest, most terrifying monsters mythology had to offer — here is a baker's dozen of the best.
Liongate has hired Francis Lawrence, Peter Craig, and Nina Jacobson to adapt Homer's The Odyssey for a major-motion picture. If you don't know their names, you know their work — they're the director, screenwriter and producer of some-to-all of The Hunger Games movies, respectively.
If you're a lover of Greek mythology like me, you've been constantly disappointed whenever anybody tries to depict Zeus, Hercules or their ilk on screen, because these movies and TV shows are always terrible. Based on this first trailer, Syfy's Olympus does not appear to be an exception.
This worm is in a Greek myth, and not the fun Greek myth where people get knocked up by rain. It's in a depressing, ironic Greek myth that instructs people not to reach for the power of the gods.
When it comes to graphic violence, modern movies don't have crap on The Iliad. In an amazing infographic, Greek Myth Comix's Laura Jenkinson aptly shows the number of brutal deaths in the classic of Western literature, how they died, who the most efficient killers were, and more. It's great.
Warner Bros. is planning a big-budget adaptation of The Odyssey. Titled Odysseus, the film will be directed by Fedor Bondarchuk, who made the Russian historical epic Stalingrad, and written by Jeremy Doner, of The Killing semi-fame. Only the gods know how this thing will turn out.
Look, I know Brett Ratner's Hercules movie is going to be terrible. This first clip — where a very large group of Greeks fall into a silly trap set by some bald, tattooed savages — is proof. But goddamn if every shot of Herc rocking the Nemean Lion skin doesn't make me want to see it anyway.
It’s a mystery why ancient Greeks worshipped their gods, because their gods were all complete dickheads. They could — and did! — steal, rape, torture, or kill pretty much anyone at any time. Of course, the kings and heroes of ancient Greece was also often terrible people, so maybe the gods were just par for the…
Does Hulk have the strength to take down the Nemean lion? Is Spider-Man clever and fleet-footed enough to don the mantle (and sandals) of Hermes? Artist Tim Maclean paints today's spandex-clad heroes as figures from ancient myths.
You probably won't recognize the ancient Greece of David McGuire's webcomic GastroPhobia from your grade school textbooks. An exiled Amazon warrior (and single mother) and her precious son inhabit a Greece filled with dine-and-dashing ghosts, frustrated monsters, and unrepentant silliness.
With Clash of the Titans getting an update, the time is perfect for Ryan Mauskopf's humorous illustrations placing Greek mythological figures in the modern world. Too bad most gods and monsters aren't quite ready for modern life.