’300: Rise of an Empire’ Extended TV Trailer – Breathe Each Breath as If It Were Your Last

Published 9 months ago by , Updated March 8th, 2014 at 12:37 am,

In the mid-2000s, films like Sin City and 300 brought us a hyper-stylized wave of filmmaking that combined exaggerated slow-motion with over-saturated colors and dance-like fight choreography. They paved the way for a slew of films in the same vein like Clash of the Titans, The Legend of Hercules and Pompeii.

Well, if you’re not sick of the trend yet, 300: Rise of an Empire hits theaters next week and Warner Bros. has released an extended TV trailer for those of us who still get a kick out of these over-the-top films. Unfortunately, this trailer doesn’t feature an awesome use of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” but we do get a little more oomph and Gerard Butler-worthy yelling from Themistocles, the Greek general played by Sullivan Stapleton (Strike Back).

300: Rise of an Empire was directed by Noam Murro after 300 director Zack Snyer opted instead to pursue Man of Steel.  Snyder didn’t sit this one out completely, however. He co-wrote the script with Kurt Johnstad, drawing inspiration from Frank Miller’s comic Xerxes. The movie will feature elements of both a prequel and a sequel (it’s being referred to as a “mid-quel”) to the 2006 film. The prequel portions will show us Xerxes’ (Rodrigo Santoro) rise as a Persian leader and the development of his God complex, seemingly urged on by Artemisia (Eva Green), commander of the Persian navy. An earlier featurette gave us a bit of Artemisia’s backstory, with her vicious hatred of the Greeks having spawned from the fact that they slaughtered her entire family when she was a child.

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This is where the plot might get a little convoluted, as we know that the Battle of Thermopylae and the naval Battle of Artemisium happened concurrently, but scenes in a number of trailers featuring Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) and Thermistocles suggest that they’re planning some type of bloody vengeance for the deaths of the 300 Spartans. Given that the imagery used in these types of films can get a little repetitive anyway, just how much time can we expect the story to focus on a rehash of a seven-year-old movie?

Either way, this storyline definitely implies that the battles will be a little more even-handed this round. After the 300 Spartans almost managed to defeat wave after wave of Xerxes’ forces at the Battle of Thermopylae, the navy led by Themistocles for this film is exponentially larger. It sounds like 300: Rise of an Empire will be a little less David vs. Goliath a little more Goliath vs. Goliath.

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300: Rise of an Empire opens March 7, 2014

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  1. ”…as we know that the Battle of Thermopylae and the naval Battle of Artemisium happened concurrently, but scenes in a number of trailers featuring Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) and Thermistocles suggest that they’re planning some type of bloody vengeance for the deaths of the 300 Spartans.”

    We don’t know it yet, but it is possible that this film will have 2 battles in it.
    1. Battle of Artemisium (fought concurrently with Thermopylae)
    2. Battle of Salamis (a naval battle fought after Artemisium and Thermopylae)

    Both battles featured Themistokles as one of the naval commanders.

    • Oh, really?

      Well, you spelt Themistocles wrong. :P

      • he actually spelled it the proper Greek format lol

        • I’m American, and Google told me you spell it “Themistocles”.

          • And he still wrote it with the right Greek format while you’re being ignorant all-knowing-yankee.

            • Just having a bit of fun with him, geez…

          • there is a reason most of the world consider americans ignorant

            • Hey, I: Testicles the Philosopher of America, declare I will be there watching this flick and enjoying it to boot!

              • I always thought you were a ballsy fellow!

            • I almost forgot, this is the internet, where nobody uses sarcasm, and everyone is nice to each other. Next time, I won’t be an “ignorant American”…

              (Arrogant would be a better fit in this context than the word ignorant)

              • Truth be told, sarcasm is a thing often difficult to convey, at least in written form.

  2. From what I understand so far they will feature both battles in the movie ending with salamis. one clue in the trailers so far sees xerxes seated on a makeshift throne on a cliff overlooking a sea battle basically wiki the battle of salamis.i assume that the movie will end on this note and there will be a part 3 whereby we move onto the events surrounding the aftermath and plataea which is what I have heard from sources to wrap up a trilogy.

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  4. Attended a prescreening last Thursday in 3d and this movie is not worth seeing. Not that I was very excited to see it, but this movie had me laughing throughout. As in the first one, some of the fight scenes are really well done, but they went over the top with the violence, trying to make it as comical as possible. See it if you are a huge fan of the first one, but otherwise I would skip it.

  5. Just saw the movie, it was just awesome, worth watching. Sneak preview for the military.

  6. Is it just me, or does anyone else see a pregnant Themistocles everytime you look at this movie poster??

    “There was an old lady…er..Spartan… who swallowed a cow…”