Nevertheless, I loved it, so today I went out and got a bunch of Van Helsing schwag while I still can! I bought a couple action figures, the soundtrack, and the half-hour animated direct-to-DVD prequel Van Helsing: The London Assignment, which sets up the teaser with Van Helsing vs. Mr. Hyde at the beginning of the movie.
The figures are pretty cool, the soundtrack is excellent, and the animated show is enjoyable (and way better than the Saturday morning version of The Mummy that WB embarrassed us all with a couple of years ago), if not quite Cowboy Bebop.
I gotta say, I like Van Helsing a lot, if only because he reminds me so much of my character Soloman, not to mention Soloman's inspiration, Vampire Hunter D, and D's inspiration, Solomon Kane. In fact, he's more like Solomon Kane than any of the others, now that I think about it, with the exception of being in 1800s steampunk instead of 1600s weird fiction. I hope that it spawns sequels; I'm curious as to the character's backstory. :)
And now, I'm off to bed. G'nite, all!