I still don't like the fact that they shoehorned PH into the first film just because of his popularity, but seeing as how fucked up the first movie's plot was compared to the actual first game, I don't care anymore (stopped caring a long time ago actually). Him being brought back and replacing Valtiel is pretty stupid, but understandable since this is the "film's canon". Valtiel was worshiped by the cult as being close to a the God, so he's definitely important. If they leave him out completely, I will be disappoint.
I don't think it's real, after looking at the picture again. If it's supposed to be from actual footage then it's been tampered with to make the colors more vibrant, something they most likely wouldn't have done yet when this picture showed up. Plus there's the fact that you can actually see his legs, which wasn't how the PH costume was. And the hood looks soft to me. Of course I could be wrong, but those are the things that just really made the picture seem off to me.
Hopefully it's not PH. The only reason I can think of for them to include him in the second film is because he was in the first which made him even more familiar. He might have become the symbol of Silent Hill for the people that don't play the games. And possibly for some that do.
I'm just hoping that since Claudia and Leonard are in this movie that this means The Order will make their appearance? Or will this mean they will be incorporated with the new cult like they did with Dahlia....? If they're not, then I can see why they didnt put Valtiel in this since he's part of The Order and they havent made an appearance yet, but if they are...
*sigh* I really can't stand it when things from the games are placed in the movies just for the sake of being there; one of the many reasons why I despised RE: Afterlife. And considering the fact that the monsters in Silent Hill are there for very deep reasons, shoehorning them in only makes it worse. It sells, but at what cost?
SeparateWay wrote:Then why did he only appear three times and have the design from the movie as well as the creepers?
Well you have to put into consideration that it's a complete different game team who worked on Homecoming than the older games. Similar to the movie as they might have taken some influence from it, but that doesnt change his role and symbolism. Either way, his role fits and his symbolism didnt change a bit.