Arnold Schwarzenegger Teams with Stan Lee for THE GOVERNATOR Series

Last month, iFanboy told you about news that actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger was announcing his return to Hollywood in a possible super-hero movie. And today, the news is out.

As reported in Entertainment Weekly, Schwarzenegger is teaming up with comics legend Stan "The Man" Lee to take the jovial moniker he earned while as California's governor and turn it into what could be TV and comic's next big hit. Set for release in 2012, The Governator will take the real-life exploits of the actor/politician into the realm of super-hero fantasy as the former Governor becomes a renaissance man as a super-hero crime fighter.

“The Governator is going to be a great superhero, but he’ll also be Arnold Schwarzenegger,” said Lee in the EW cover feature. “We’re using all the personal elements of Arnold’s life. We’re using his wife [Maria Shriver]. We’re using his kids. We’re using the fact that he used to be governor. Only after he leaves the governor’s office, Arnold decides to become a crime fighter and builds a secret high-tech crime-fighting center under his house in Brentwood.”

Using Schwarzenegger's real life as a background, Lee is introducing several super-hero staples that sound less like his own heroes at Marvel and more like a certain DC Comics character: The Governator series will be fleshed out with Arnold-themed vehicles, a variety of "super suits", sidekicks, and "the Arnold Cave".

Although there's no word on where or how the animated series will debut, Archie Comics announced today that it would be publishing The Governator comic book series.



  1. are we sure this isn’t a late april fools’ joke?

  2. It’s like a child has rewritten reality.

  3. too bad a superhero could have gone back in time and prevented him from becoming Governor…

  4. I’m REALLY hoping this is a late April’s Fool Day joke!

  5. @RapidEye: Yes, I think that myself, everyday, while reading many news headlines.

  6. So will this be published by Bluewater?

  7. @vinh  Look at the very last paragraph of the article.

  8. It’s like Ex Machina, but ridiculous! 

  9. This will be the most violent thing Archie Comics will ever publish.

    It sounds totally ridiculous and idiotic but then again, those are it’s two main strong points. I know I’ll buy it.


    all your fears will be realized…haha…this looks mental.

  11. It looks better than “Striperella,” so…um, man, it’s a hard day to be a Schwarzenegger fan.  Why can’t he just do a sequel to “Red Heat?” 

  12. It reminds me of when a video of a celebrity doing something embarrassing goes viral, and that celebrity puts a video on Funny or Die trying to cash in on their newfound popularity, but it’s more controlled and flattering, and the magic is gone.
    It also reminds me of Pro Stars.
  13. and instead of getting a comic, you get blank pages with the words “IOU” printed on them…

  14. Can we retcon the whole Schwarzenegger being govenor thing? 

  15. Uh…. I’m not sure to laugh or cry with this news. Maybe a combination of both is appropriate?

  16. @Multihuller  He wasn’t terrible. Look at how tough a time Jerry Brown is having (and I don’t think anyone would doubt Jerry Brown here).

  17. @NawidA  –Presiding over the financial collapse of the 8th largest economy in the world is quite terrible. To his credit he was completely unqualified. Issuing IOU paychecks to state employees and income tax refunds is pretty bad…But he’s kinda likeable at times. 

  18. No politics, guys.

  19. Insane

  20. I watched the preview for this and ….ooof, it looks scary awful.  Oh why Arnold….

  21. I think everyone should kick back, relax and watch this train wreck with a big smile on their face, they are not defiling a prexisting hero, so chill. Schwarzenegger is gonna ruin his movie career, let’s have fun!