Why John Wick 3’s New Character Posters Have People Excited About the Next Chapter
They depict characters with codenames like “The Elder,” “The Bowery King,” and “The Adjudicator.”
A new batch of character posters were released for action sequel John Wick 3 this week, showcasing, among others, screen legends Laurence Fishburne and Anjelica Huston.
The lush visuals depict characters from the franchise with codenames like “The Elder”, “The Bowery King” and “The Adjudicator,” all of whom play suitably shadowy roles in the criminal underworld in which the films take place.
But it was the poster for the assassin known as Tick Tock Man, played by Jason Mantzoukas, which prompted the most fervent reaction, with fans making multiple references to the actor’s comedy credits, including wild card cop Adrian Pimento from Brooklyn Nine-Nine and barely sentient robo-clone Derek from The Good Place.
Looks like Adrian Pimento found a new line of work. https://t.co/4s5j2r8Q07
— “The Magnificent, Blood-soaked Sparklepony” (@JonathanBarkan) March 20, 2019
The comically unhinged Adrian Pimento would not be at all out of place in the bone-cracking, blood-spilling John Wick series. Maybe “Tick Tock Man” is just one of his aliases, and this movie takes place in a giant shared sitcom universe?
It is ABSOLUTELY 100% canon that John Mantzoukas’ character in John Wick 3 is Paul Sneed, the persona Adrian Pimento uses when undercover for 12 years before returning to the precinct in Brooklyn Nine Nine. I refuse to hear otherwise. pic.twitter.com/O6ZxTK8Rxh
— And now my watch has ended. (@YayaK2AB) March 20, 2019
John Wick 3, or to give it its full title, John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum, follows the titular character (played by Keanu Reeves) as he attempts to make a getaway with a bounty on his head, following the events of John Wick: Chapter 2. He is assisted in his journey by assassin Sofia (Halle Berry).
The first John Wick movie came out in 2014, and told the simple, relatable tale of a retired hitman taking up arms again to avenge his puppy. It was a surprise hit, making more than four times its production budget worldwide. Chapter 2 followed in 2017, expanding the world of the Continental hotel and its rogue’s gallery of assassins. It’s unclear whether this third film is the final installment of a trilogy, or if there’s scope for additional John Wick stories.
John Wick: Chapter 3 will be released on May 17.