LOL! Well I definitely wanted him to be "racially ambiguous"... I figure that millenia from now, we won't be so defined by our racial heritage than that, possibly, our homeworld of origin. But yeah, the look was definitely a homage to the quote from Dune Messiah and the ancient tradition of swordsmanship from asia.
Haha, exactly. Futuristic scifi worlds with the exact same clearly defined "races" that we know today always strike me as funny. And it seems like a lot of artists completely disregard written description--this is the first time I've ever seen Duncan portrayed with the kind of Asian(?)-tinged ambiguity described in Messiah, despite the fact that the shape of his eyes is one of the most specific characteristics given.
Love it. He's one of my favorites and I totally have a literary crush on him whoops
Yet another great interpretation. Whenever I delve into the Dune novels, I've always pictured Duncan's facial features to be somewhat kindly and soft, like what you've done here. However, what I like most is the eye shape that you've given him. I think it's very unique and fresh, and hard to tell what kind of nationality he's from, just the kind of thing that's needed in visualizing the Dune universe.
The uniform drawn here is another thing worth noting. Very classy, yet versatile for combat. Love the embossed Atreides Hawk on the shoulder armor pads, and you didn't forget the personal shield generator on his belt! Very well done!
So yes, Duncan did die defending Paul and Jessica in Liet-Kyne's home towards the beginning of Dune (taking out 19 Sardaukar with him), but the Tleilaxu "brought him back" as a ghola in the next book. And then a line of Duncan gholas exist through all 6 books.
If there was anything I demanded of the new '14 Dune movie, it would be that it was like the 2000 Scifi Channel TV series with costume and set designs like the 1984 movie, only more futuristic, more faithful to the original characters, and with music like in the videogame Emperor: Battle for Dune. Oh, and the ornithropters should actually be ornithropters!
I hope you enjoy the books again, because they certainly deserve the title of "the bestselling scifi epic of all time!"
Yes, there were definitely good things about the '84 movie and the Sci-Fi series... they definitely did a better job second time around with Children of Dune as well. I just want to see Duncan Idaho take down 100 Sardaukar like he was suppose to before dying LOL...
Agreed! Duncan shouldn't have been blown up with a freaking MISSILE like in the tv show! He deserves a more glorious death, like in the '84 movie, only after what I think should be a more badass battle scene. But unfortunately, I beg to differ about Children of Dune; what really ruined it was Leto's crappy (lack of) sandtrout armor design. When I read Children of Dune a few months ago, I imagined Leto being completely wrapped up in this thick, chitonous shell that made him look like an organic version of something out of Warhammer 40K, but in the show, he just had a little bit over his arm and half his face. Kind of disapointing, really.
I also wish that the soldiers in the new movie are a little more badass and futuristic than they were in the old movie and tv shows. I mean, it's over 10,000 years in the future! Shouldn't they be looking like Iron Man or something? And The Harkonnens should especially be made more faithful to the book! The books describe them with a blue-and-white flag with a gryffin and "H" insignia, but why is that so hard to portray correctly?! And the Baron, why is he so hard to get right, too? The books describe him in detail as being 200 kilograms (about 600 pounds of fat), flamboyantly homosexual, possessing a babyfat face, being about 85 years old, and merely supported (not floating or flying) on his suspensors. And when I read the book, I couldn't help but notice that Count Glossu Rabban, according to the book's appendix, was supposed to be about 63 when he dies, but he looks like a teenager in both the movie and the show. And have you noticed that they NEVER mention Count Fenring, who was a very essential character in the first book?
My point for all this rambling is that since Dune is officially my favorite book series of all time, it's really quite a disapointment when Hollywood portrays it all wrong, especially in the bluntly-obvious parts! I hope this 2014 movie is made at least decently, if it's made at all, because if it's not, I will loose all faith in Hollywood ever making a proper Dune movie for the remainder of the existance of humanity.
Whoops, I guess Duncan only killed 19 Sardaukar, LOL. Apparently, though, that was still unheard off at the time. I'm actually re-reading Children of Dune at the moment and I don't think it mentions that Leto is totally covered with the sandtrout by the book's end, though I've definitely read parts about how at least one arm, parts of his torso and face are covered, so I think they were just trying to be faithful to the written word.
Regarding the Sardaukar, yeah, it's hard to get the design of these guys right, but I'm not sure full armor like the Star Wars stormtroopers would work. Personally, I think that Dune is more of a blend of futuristic and late-medieval aesthetics, which makes it stand out from the heavy-armor look that has been the sci-fi trend since the 80's or so. Remember, the Dune universe is all about hand to hand combat because their energy weapons are so dangerous because of the Lasgun/Shield interactions. So, heavy armor is not as important as dexterity and maneuverability in Dune.
I've found good things about the '84 movie and the '00 mini-series... I think a good version of Dune is somewhere between the two. The Baron is much more evil in the movie, but he is probably more accurate in the mini-series. Irulan is not important at all in the movie, but her role in the mini-series was expanded because she is important in Messiah and Children, though they could have done a better job her new role. Incidentally, she reminds me of Arwen in Lord of the Rings... this character is barely mentioned in the original books, but Peter Jackson did a good job of expanding her character in the movies. Regarding Rabban, don't forget about the longevity that Spice provides, so I wouldn't be surprised if he looked young. I still have mixed feeling about Count Fenring... yes, he is important to the first book and to the larger series, but if I were making a movie and hand to simplify things a bit, I think his role as advisor and assassin to Shaddam can be given to someone else or combined with another character.