Jonah Hex was released in 2010 before DC was trying to play catch up with Marvel. That meant they weren’t ready to launch any of their big stars and picked a mostly unknown to the general public Jonah Hex. Not only that, but it was a period piece set in the U.S. right after the civil war. It actually isn’t bad, but it’s nothing great either.
The film features Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) who saw his family massacred in front of him by Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich). He was branded on the face, which disfigured him, and left to die before he was rescued by Indians who gave him magical powers to talk to the dead. Afterward he lived as a bounty hunter even though he had a price on his head as well. Hex not only wants revenge upon Turnball, but has to stop his plan to overthrow the republic.
There are a couple problems with this character. First, he’s a confederate. In one scene he’s talking to a black man who said Hex wasn’t for succession or slavery he just didn’t like being told what to do. Unfortunately, this is part of the southern myth that the Civil War wasn’t really about slavery, but rather state’s rights, when it was ALL about slavery. Second, Hex’s power to speak to the dead really adds nothing. That’s especially true because he’s really just an ugly gun fighter. That being said the action is okay and there’s a steady pace to the story. All together that’s the reason why this film was a huge flop. There just wan’t enough there there.