"The Crow" Stays Grounded
I'm thankful that the ill-conceived idea to remake "The Crow" has been delayed at least another year. (No offense, Bradley Cooper. No disrespect, producer Jeff Most.) It's just that "The Crow" is my favorite comic book adaptation of all time; I saw it six times in the theaters, paying full price each time, in an era before I had access to advance screenings or other writerly extravagances. I was a fan of Brandon Lee since "Rapid Fire" and James O Barr's comics were gritty, filled with pain, pathos, romance and nods to some of my favorite bands. Having grown up on comics, heavy metal and action flicks, "The Crow" was a perfect storm for me when it arrived.
While I'm not somebody who has a problem with all reboots as a matter of principle, I do take exception with the idea of remaking Lee's original. There's no reason why the franchise can't continue with other heroes, as it has, with varying degrees of quality. (Sorry, Edward Furlong!) Why should we mess with what the late, great Brandon Lee laid down as Eric Draven? At least this year, "The Crow" was left alone, and for that, I'm very thankful.
— Ryan J. Downey, 15 Years of Devil's Night columnist