This isn’t a jab at Ridley Scott, currently deep in production on his untitled Robin Hood movie starring Russell Crowe. It’s aimed at USA Today, which brings you the first picture of Crowe in costume. Along with the photo is this quote from producer Brian Grazer: “He doesn’t have the old Robin Hood tights. He’s got armor. He’s very medieval. He looks, if anything,
more like he did in Gladiator than anything we’re used to seeing with Robin Hood.”
Nice idea, and I’m sure we’ll see him looking quite medieval somewhere in the film, but the accompanying photo couldn’t look more like the iconic, standard version of Robin Hood without Crowe wearing a skin mask lifted from the coffin of Errol Flynn.
But what’s the studio to do? They’ve got a Robin Hood movie to promote, and it’s not like they’re going to release some image of Crowe in full plate armor. Got to give the people something they can swallow without chewing.