‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Villain Revealed

Drew Dietsch

ghostbusters logo
One of the problems that arises with big franchise movies is how much gets spoiled thanks to toys. You can almost guarantee that some major reveal will first be spotted at a toy convention before it appears in footage meant for mass consumption. Such a reveal has happened today, and it’s a pretty big one. If you want to stay in the dark when it comes to Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot, consider this your final warning.

Thanks to the Toy Fair convention that is currently underway, the first official look at the main villain from the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot has been unveiled. You won’t be very surprised when you see him, because it’s an image you’re already very familiar with…

For those who don’t want to watch the video, here’s a screencap of the pertinent information:

ghostbusters rowan toy

Yes, it looks like the new bad guy is based on the Ghostbusters logo. The representative in the video calls him “Rowan” and we here at Fandom know that’s the role played by Neil Casey. How he turns into that, we’re not quite sure.

Before you grab your pitchforks and start writing that online petition, there’s a lot to consider here. First, we’re seeing this toy completely outside of any context from the movie. This is just a toy. It’s quite possible that Rowan (*sigh*) will look a lot better once we see him in action. Also, keep in mind that the climactic enemy in the original Ghostbusters was a kaiju-like marshmallow man. If you had seen that outside of the film, you’d have probably thought it was pretty silly.

And that’s the biggest takeaway from this: Ghostbusters is supposed to be a comedy. It’s OK if the villain looks ridiculous because he should. We also have no idea of Rowan’s (*sigh*) size or presence in the movie. There’s no reason to get nasty because of a toy.

Is turning the iconic Ghostbusters logo into a fully fledged character a good idea? It’s definitely a wacky one. Whether or not it’ll work remains to be seen. Guess we’ll all have to go see Ghostbusters when it hits theaters on July 15 order to find out.


Would you like to be part of the Fandom team? Join our Fan Contributor Program and share your voice on Fandom.com!

Drew Dietsch
Drew Dietsch has written for CHUD.com, the News-Press, WhatCulture, and releases a weekly film review podcast, The Drew Reviews Podcast. He'll yak your ear off about horror movies, Jaws, RoboCop, and/or Batman if you let him.