I don't have the feeling that they are going to screw around with this one. I see it as, for the lack of a better word, a reboot, in a way. I'd wager that this is an origins story of how both men became who they are and how they met. In that case I wouldn't be surprised if they made this in to a trilogy and maybe tying actual historical characters. William Fichtner who is in the cast is a fantastic character actor that I always enjoy seeing. I think that he'll do well as Butch Cavandish. Berry Pepper's character is still unnamed. He did a bang up job in True Grit, and as a result I could see him as Julius Bartholomew, maybe even Collins.
I hope they give it that feel like they had in Geronimo. Gritty, serious in parts with a little comedic moment sprinkled here & there with some banter to lighten it a bit. They may change the look of the Lone Ranger & Tonto but I don't think that they'll screw with the core beliefs. I would be happy to see Tonto as a witty, outspoken and sarcastic character like they portrayed him in the Topps Comics. They could give some insight as to how her got the Name Tonto, which I think is a Spanish term used back then for "not right in the head". So he plays off as a bit off balance, but it is all a bluff. In reality he is just as sharp and articulate as the Lone Ranger, maybe more so. Savvy?
I for one won't pre-judge this story from just a couple of images I've seen on the web. I walk into it with an open mind and heart expecting only what I already know from the participants involved. I've like their work in the past, so I'm sure to enjoy this one too.
"I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use - silence, exile, and cunning." - James Joyce