May 13, 2018
1. The myth of Darkest Africa may have played in the past, but today everyone is aware that sub-Saharan Africa is not jungles and "savage tribes." How would Tarzan fit into today's geopolitical landscape?
2. Without coming across as racist?
3. And sexist?
4. The story is so intimately familiar, it seems impossible to put a new twist on it.
Here are the contemporary Tarzans:
Tarzan: The Epic Adventures (1996-2000). Back in Africa without Jane, Tarzan (Joe Lara) has "epic" adventures that mostly rehash the books: he goes to Opar, Pellucidar, and so on.
Tarzan of the Apes (2008), a segment of Matinee, an anthology playing homage to the movies of the 1930s. Edgar Rice Burroughs accompanies Jane to Africa. The Ape Man, played by Aaron Sheehan,wears pants.
Tarzan (2013). Tarzan (Kellan Lutz) and Jane fight the evil CEO of Greystoke Energies in this German production.