Hercules is a fantasy adventure film that was directed by Brett Ratner and was originally released in 2014. It stars Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, and John Hurt. It is based on a graphic novel called Hercules: The Thracian Wars.
According to the plot, Hercules was the leader of a group of mercenaries, including the prophet Amphiaraus, the thief Autolycus, the warrior Tydeus, the archer Atalanta, and the storyteller Iolaus. It was insinuated that Hercules was the demigod son of Zeus, who after completing the legendary Twelve Labours, had been driven insane by his step-mother Hera; in his fit, he had killed his wife Megara and his children.
One night, the group of heroes were drinking at a tavern, and was approached by Ergenia, a noble of Thrace; she asked Hercules to train the armies of her lands, so that they would survive the attacks of King Rhesus' army. They all accepted after they were offered their weight in gold, and arrived in Thrace. The king of Thrace, Cotys, informed them that Rhesus had already marched against the Thracian tribe Bessi, and that Hercules should lead the army to defend them. It was too late, though, as the Bessi had already turned against the Thracians due to Rhesus' sorcery.
Hercules proceeded to train the army of Thrace, and then led the soldiers on the battlefield. Rhesus' army was forced to retreat, while Rhesus himself was taken as a prisoner after a duel with Hercules. Taken back to Thrace, Rhesus was tortured publicly, but Hercules took pity in him and stopped further humiliation. Later, Ergenia and Hercules realised that Rhesus was in fact telling the truth in that he was only defending his land from Cotys' aggressive actions. Although the band of heroes were paid for their services, all but Autolycus decided to stay in order to stop Cotys, but were imprisoned by his men. King Eurystheus, who had given the Twelve Labours to Hercules, was in league with Cotys, and revealed to Hercules that he had drugged him the night his family had died. In fact, his wife and children had been killed by wolves that Eurystheus had sent. Later, Ergenia was about to be executed for treason, but Hercules, showing supernatural strength, managed to be released of his bonds and save Ergenia. He then released the prisoners and killed Eurystheus. The remaining heroes then battled with Lord Cotys and his army; the battle ended with the heroes being victorious against the malicious king.