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First ‘The Crow’ Reboot Image Draws Comparisons to Jared Leto’s Joker, Vanilla Ice

First ‘The Crow’ Reboot Image Draws Comparisons to Jared Leto’s Joker, Vanilla Ice

The first image for the upcoming The Crow reboot has surfaced, leaving fans of the 1994 goth classic breaking mirrors. It’s been nearly thirty years since Brandon Lee’s iconic portrayal of Eric Draven hit theaters. The original film, about a musician back from the dead, who seeks revenge on the gang that killed him and his fiancée, spawned several sequels and a TV series.

Starring IT‘s Pennywise, Bill Skarsgård, and helmed by Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, The Crow reboot is due out this summer—the first official pictures of Skarsgård as Draven hit the internet via Vanity Fair today. Draven looks decidedly different this time out. He sports a stylized mullet, a nipple tattoo, and for some reason, hip-hugger pants ala Britney Spears in the 90s.

Needless to say, fans on social media were not kind to this interpretation of Eric Draven for The Crow reboot. Crow lovers drew comparisons to Jared Leto’s much-maligned Joker from 2016’s Suicide Squad, modern rappers… and even Vanilla Ice. “D*** they made my boy the crow a soundcloud rapper with a busted ass peso pluma mullet,” one fan joked on X (formerly Twitter).

“They should’ve just left #TheCrow alone,” another upset fan wrote before adding, “This is as bad as Jared Leto’s joker.” They also included a handy video of Joe Pecsci weighing in on the Crow reboot image (audio NSFW, but hilarious).

Another Crow can notice a direct correlation between Draven’s civilian look and Vanilla Ice in his infamous 90s bomb, Cool As Ice.

‘The Crow’ Reboot Director’s Inspirations for Eric Draven’s Look Are Decidedly Different from the Original

However, it’s likely that The Crow reboot director, Rupert Sanders, anticipated pushback from fans. This is not your grandpa’s Crow. He admitted that the look of Skarsgård’s Eric Draven is modeled in part on Post Malone and Lil Peep, rather than The Cure or Iggy Pop.

“I think the beauty of Bill is that he has a disturbing beauty, and as he transforms through his loss he becomes this thing that even he can’t control,” Sanders explained to Vanity Fair. “It’s that famous line: ‘Whoever fights monsters must be careful that they don’t become one.’ That look was me in the ’90s when we were squat-raving in London, [mixed with current pop stars] like Post Malone and Lil Peep. I hope people who are 19 today look at him and go, ‘That guy is us.’”

The Crow reboot is due in theaters this June.