Looking back on it, Shane Black’s THE PREDATOR, which came out a couple’a-three months ago, really was a disappointment. I enjoyed it for what it was, and it was a perfectly functional popcorn flick, but it had the potential to be so much more. We already know it suffered a hatchet job at the hands of its editors—seriously, somebody needs to get fired over that one—with entire characters, like the one portrayed by Edward James Olmos, and a whole crew of “friendly” Predator aliens, ending up on the cutting room floor (along with, one suspects, a good deal of the film’s gravitas). But by far the most disappointing part of the movie was its ending, with the revelation that the movie’s overstuffed Maguffin was a Go-Go-Power-Rangers-esque Predator-fightin’ suit. It could have been Arnold Schwarzenegger (but he didn’t want to do just a cameo). More intriguingly, it could have featured a mechanized breathing apparatus modeled on the Alien facehugger!
Granted, linking the movie with the ALIEN franchise would not have guaranteed that it would’ve been a better film, considering that the last ALIEN VS. PREDATOR movie was generic as hell, but it would still have been better than the Power Rangers outfit.
Looking at the concept art of the creatures that were originally supposed to be in the movie but were then discarded, and reading about all the ideas that were floating around but ultimately were rejected, it really drives home just how much of a missed opportunity THE PREDATOR is, and just how much the hands on the steering wheel really had no clue as to where they were going or what they were doing. What a shame.