People have wondered what Arnold Schwarzenegger’s post-governor of California plans would include, and now thanks to this week’s Entertainment Weekly cover story we know part of it: launching a comic book and animated series called The Governator, depicting a fictionalized (as far as we know) version of the former governor/movie star/body builder that decides to add “superhero” to his already bustling resume, complete with a crimefighting lab located underneath his Brentwood home, and “supersuits” allowing him flight and other powers. Co-developing the project with Arnold? Stan Lee, natch.
What we don’t know about the project, said to debut next year, are things like who will actually be working on the comic book or where the animated series will be aired — presumably because those details haven’t been set in place yet. But we do know that the Governator will be assisted in his do-goodery by a 13-year old computer prodigy named “Zeke Muckerberg” (hmm) and among the antagonists will be the “Gangsters Imposters Racketeers Liars & Irredeemable Ex-cons” — yep, called “G.I.R.L.I.E. Men” for short. Not the most sensitive name, as Return of the Dapper Men and Hawkeye: Blindspot writer Jim McCann has already pointed out on Twitter: “G.I.R.L.I.E.-Men are the villains? Seriously?! Way to set an example, Schwarzenegger & Stan Lee’s The Governator comic”
More information is in this week’s EW, on stands this Friday — yes, that is April Fool’s Day, but our guess is that this is neither hoax nor imaginary story.