First Look at Denzel Washington in 'The Equalizer'

Denzel Washington in The Equalizer
Denzel Washington in The Equalizer
Photo: Columbia Pictures

Columbia Pictures has released the first look at Denzel Washington as he reteams with his Training Day director, Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen), in The Equalizer, which is loosely based on the late-'80s TV series centered on a private detective available for hire for problems you just don't know how to solve.

Washington plays what has been described as a solitary, monastic figure who hates injustice and devotes himself to helping people who are being victimized. With a no-nonsense attitude, compassion and experience with dealing with a wide variety of situations he's a powerful and useful detective.

The film doesn't hit theaters until September 26, 2014 and co-stars include Chloƫ Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas, Haley Bennett, Johnny Messner and Robert Wahlberg.

This film has had something of a rough path to production with both Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) and Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) dropping off the picture. Refn's departure was of particular note having told the Los Angeles Times he'd "rather make a good movie that breaks even than a bad movie that makes money" before adding, "Let's put it like this: There's a reason why I pulled out."

With that taken into consideration, should be interesting to see how it all works out.

  • EPayneDDS

    While I really enjoy Refn's films, I don't know if I'm 100% sold on his perception of a "bad" movie. His taste is just too unique.

    • Newbourne

      Great directors can take any story and turn it into a good movie. Danny Boyle made a 2 hour movie about a guy stuck under a rock who drinks his own pee, and it was fantastic. If Refn couldn't make a good movie, that's on him, not on the script.

      • Craig Feser

        You can't overcome bad writing.

        • Newbourne

          False. A director can do as he wishes with the scripts. How many scripts have you seen go straight-to-screen without changes? Some sources are better left unchanged, and others require heavy artistic license. It's a director's job to use his judgment and do whatever he can to adapt it to the screen in the best way possible. If Refn felt he couldn't do that, that speaks volumes about his own limitations.

  • The Dog-Biting Man

    Speaking of Washington, I personally discovered he made his film debut with Michael Winner's DEATH WISH (1974).