Caught the latest TV promo for 'The A-Team' -- the one with Jeffrey Dean Morgan? And Zoe Saldana? Hey ... that's not 'The A-Team.' It's something called 'The Losers,' which looks an awful lot like 'The A-Team.' Both are about a secret ops team that finds itself on the wrong side of the law; both teams boast a gruff older guy, a strapping blond stud and a smokin' hot babe. Lots of stuff blows up. So, 'The Losers' must be a ripoff, right?

Not exactly. 'The A-Team' is based on the '80s TV series, but 'The Losers' actually came first: It's based on a 1970s DC comic set during World War II about a Special Forces group.
Caught the latest TV promo for 'The A-Team' -- the one with Jeffrey Dean Morgan? And Zoe Saldana? Hey ... that's not 'The A-Team.' It's something called 'The Losers,' which looks an awful lot like 'The A-Team.' Both are about a secret ops team that finds itself on the wrong side of the law; both teams boast a gruff older guy, a strapping blond stud and a smokin' hot babe. Lots of stuff blows up. So, 'The Losers' must be a ripoff, right?

Not exactly. 'The A-Team' is based on the '80s TV series, but 'The Losers' actually came first: It's based on a 1970s DC comic set during World War II about a Special Forces group. The original characters included Captain William Storm, a one-eyed, one-legged PT boat commander; the group nicknamed itself "The Losers" because each member felt responsible for the men lost under their command. The movie is based on the 2003 re-imagining of the comic, which transplanted the action to the present day. All the main characters -- Lt. Col Franklin Clay (Morgan), Cpt. William Roque (Idris Elba), Cpl. Jake Jensen (Chris Evans) and Aisha al-Fadhil (Saldana) -- are drawn from the more recent series.

'The A-Team' TV series debuted in 1983, starring George Peppard as cigar-chomping John "Hannibal" Smith, Mr. T as main muscle B.A. Baracus, Dwight Schultz as their certifiably insane pilot "Howling Mad Murdock," and Dirk Benedict as handsome con man "Face." (Side note: We still think Benedict would have been the perfect -- and far more believable -- Real Mr. Sawyer on 'Lost.')

In the movie version, Liam Neeson steps in as Hannibal, Ultimate Fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is Baracus, 'District 9's' Sharlto Copley is Murdock and Bradley Cooper is the new "Face." Jessica Biel's charater -- one Captain Charisa Sosa -- was not in the original series. The only female regular on the '80s show: Amy Allen (Melinda Culea), a reporter who aided the team in a non-fighting capacity. We're guessing Biel will get to show off her fighting form, as she did in 'Blade: Trinity.' And if she doesn't, that would be a crying shame.

As far as the race to be the first to hit movie theaters, that battle between Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox is nearly as dramatic as anything we'll see on screen. 'The A-Team' movie has been in development since the '90s, when it was set during the Gulf War. At one point, John Singleton was to direct for Fox, with Ice Cube in the B.A. Baracus part. The ball on the new version got rolling when Neeson signed on in June 2009; filming began that September.

'The Losers' began shooting in July 2009. Originally, Warner Bros. set a release date of April 9, 2010, but then bumped it back to June 4. That put the movie just one week ahead of 'The A-Team,' which hits theaters June 11. 'The Losers' is now set for an even earlier April 23 release -- which means that one way or the other, it's going to beat 'The A-Team.'