'Losers' a comic book-inspired adventure

Movie: "The Losers"

When: Opening Friday at local theaters

Cast: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Jason Patric

Director: Sylvain White

The story: Betrayed and left for dead while on a South American search-and-destroy mission, members of an undercover CIA black-ops squad track down the turncoat who targeted them.

The buzz: Yet another comic book-inspired adventure, this one was initially slated for director Peter Berg ("The Rundown," "Friday Night Lights"), who retains a screenplay credit, along with "Rundown" screenwriter James Vanderbilt. But Berg (and then "Fantastic Four" director Tim Story) finally gave way to White, who previously directed Short in 2007's "Stomp the Yard." Morgan ("Watchmen's" Comedian) and Evans ("Fantastic Four's" Johnny Storm -- and the future Captain America) continue their comic-book connections, while Saldana returns to a different jungle than the one she roamed as "Avatar's" fightin' Na'vi, Neytiri.


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