The Toxic Avenger is likely to be one of the most interesting reboots and revivals coming to theatres in the coming years. This is due to the film’s high potential, which might be enhanced with better visual effects and a more current plot. Before the Toxic Avenger Reboot officially launches, here’s everything you need to know:
How it all started –
Toxic Avenger was initially released in 1984 and quickly became a cult favorite. It’s a cheesy black comedic superhero film about the escapades of a typical 80s geek. He’s pranked particularly hard one day and falls into a tank of toxic garbage. The resulting mutation transforms him into Toxie, a horrifically malformed beast with incredible power and size. He has a sexy new voice, a golden heart, and a unique dislike for evildoers. He then takes to the streets of New Jersey, wiping off criminals and corrupt officials in very nasty ways.
The creators and cast of the Reboot –
The original filmmakers are serving as producers and script advisers for the film. Legendary Entertainment, which has made films such as Pacific Rim, The Godzilla Movies, Krampus, Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and many others, is the production studio here. Above all, the greatest news is that Peter Dinklage will join the cast of the revival as Toxie himself in December 2020. Taylor Paige will star alongside Dinklage as the film’s female protagonist, while Jacob Tremblay will play a supporting role. Kevin Bacon, who is a fan favorite, has been cast as the film’s villain, which is another highly exciting idea. With such a strong ensemble, the film’s expectations are sky-high.
Could the Reboot backfire?
The Toxic Avenger, along with The Class of Nuke’ Em High, is possibly Troma’s most well-known film. While this might work in the reboot’s favor, it could potentially hurt the film’s current cult fan base if the end outcome doesn’t suit Toxie’s devoted fans. As with most reboots, there’s no way for the film to please everyone, and thus, it might be a mistake. In the first Toxic Avenger film, Melvin Ford, a mild-mannered janitor, finds himself changed into a mutant monster. While most of this is likely to stay the same, it will be interesting to see what Blair can bring to the picture, which might lead to the re-release of additional Troma classics.
Status of the Reboot:
Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz co-directed The Toxic Avenger, which aired in 1984 from B-movie studio Troma Entertainment. “I read the Reboot script, and it’s better than the original,” Kaufman previously stated in an interview. The Toxic Avenger has been one of the most popular cult franchises in history, producing three successors, a children’s animation in the 1990s, and even a theatrical stage show since its premiere over 35 years ago. The production for Toxic Avenger was completed in August 2021, however, there is no set release date for the revival.