The media is devouring details about The Governator this morning, the superhero purportedly being developed for television and comics by former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Marvel head Stan Lee. The specifics of the project, first revealed in Entertainment Weekly, are cartoonish in the best (or, depending on one's taste, worst) sense of the word. There are colorful sidekicks, a cadre of villains called Gangsters Imposters Racketeers Liars & Irredeemable Ex-cons (i.e., G.I.R.L.I.E. Men), and, yes, an Arnold Cave, located beneath the fictionalized Schwarzenegger's Brentwood house.
So why are we skeptical? The magazine's April 1 newsstand date is the first major red flag. (The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Roxborough voiced similar concerns about the project being an April Fool's Day hoax, but also noted Schwarzenegger was scheduled to unveil a new TV property in Cannes next month before the Governator news broke.) Plus, we'd like to think we would have heard something in the kitchenette if one of our contributors was about to be the basis for a globetrotting superhero. But maybe that's just vanity.