When you think about it, Darth Vader — the most terrifying bad ass in the history of cinema — was really only a terrifying bad ass in two of the seven Star Wars movies. He’s a preening wimp in the three prequels, then a slowly dying pushover in Jedi and dead in The Force Awakens (this is a point expertly made here).
In between, though, in between he is a mother fucker, storming through Hoth and force choking fuckers when they displease him and lopping off Luke’s hand. Vader in Empire was fucking scary.
Wouldn’t everyone love to see more of that Vader? Executives at Disney are certainly banking on it, and reports are that in the upcoming Rogue One, he’s gonna be a beast.
The movie tells the tale of the Rebel spies who are referenced at the beginning of A New Hope‘s crawl, who steal plans for the Death Star.
Imagine how hot Darth was the instant he found out they were taken. Did you say fucking heated? From Making Star Wars:
The action sequences filmed are unknown, but there was work pitching the different ways Darth Vader could kill rebels on a battlefield with the Force and his lightsaber. The storyboard “pitches” showed decapitated rebels, people being dismembered by Vader throwing his sword, levitating bodies to make human shields, and so on. The art was more violent than what we’ve seen Darth Vader do on screen before.
Awww fuck yea. How could you not be into that? This movie is gonna crush.