It’s all about franchising, they say. On both the big and small screen, if a concept works, don’t be surprised if it resurfaces in some form or another later in life. Source material like Watchmen and the more conventional superhero comics are just a couple examples of Hollywood capitalizing on high-profile adaptations. But you don’t have to don a cape to make your character last in Tinseltown. Currently in theaters is a third film in The Equalizer franchise from star Denzel Washington and director/frequent collaborator Antoine Fuqua. Their gritty, hard-R-rated action films are about a former government assassin, who is lured back into the bone-crushing game to protect the good guys.
Denzel Washington and Queen Latifah have played the titular role in various reimaginings of The Equalizer. We have them all in one place, ranked.