’300: Rise of an Empire’ Trailer and Poster – The Sea Will Run Red with Blood

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 16th, 2014 at 2:54 pm,

Zack Snyder’s stylishly violent swords and sandals epic, 300, was a surprise box office smash (taking in $456 million worldwide in the spring of 2007), but no one kids themselves into believing that his cinematic vision was not responsible for that chest-beating comic book adaptation being so enjoyable to watch. This is why the upcoming sequel/prequel, 300: Rise of an Empire, has prompted more wariness than excitement, as Snyder passed on directing to make Man of Steel instead.

Rise of an Empire is based on Frank Miller’s 300 companion graphic novel “Xerxes,” which Snyder and his 300 co-writer Kurt Johnstad adapted into a script. The film centers around the Battle of Artemisium, a naval conflict that pitted the Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) against the vengeful commander of the Persian navy, Artemesia (Eva Green), and the Persian leader Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), who had developed a major god complex by that point.

As expected, the newly-released Rise of an Empire trailer appeals heavily to everyone’s nostalgia for the first movie, between shots of Xerxes leering over King Leonidas’ (Gerard Butler’s) corpse and the VO narration by Lena Headey – who’s now a bigger star thanks to Game of Thrones – reprising as Queen Gorgo. That’s in spite of the fact that neither 300 lead is expected to make anything more than a glorified cameo in the new installment (a misleading, but smart, marketing angle to take).


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The Battle of Artemisium occurred at the same time as the Battle of Thermopylae depicted in 300; hence, Rise of an Empire is described as being a 300 “mid-quel” rather than either a pure sequel or prequel. The Rise of an Empire director Noam Murro has said the film will offer a “whole different choreography of fighting and war,” which could be an effective means to distinguish the movie from Snyder’s brazen storytelling and action coordination in its predecessor. (Or, it could just be an excuse for why Murro’s adaptation feels like a hollow knockoff.)

So far, based on the trailer, the digitally-enhanced visuals and cinematography in Rise of an Empire seem decent, but they lack that extra “oomph” factor and flair that Snyder brought to the proceedings. And bless Stapleton for effort, but he doesn’t seem to possess either the macho presence or yelling capacity that made Butler so memorable as a Greek warrior. Maybe Green playing a treacherous warrior lady will make up for that…?


300: Rise of an Empire opens in U.S. theaters on March 7th, 2014.

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

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  1. 300 – 300 more we die again! they should have called it something else, The 300 are dead nough said.

  2. Hi,
    I provided the story for 300. Some of the tricks I insisted on for this flick didn’t work out too well (cough, body wall, cough), but all in all I am satisfied with the effort. I especially liked the one-eyed guy and the queen. Why me?
    I started out by picking Stephen Spielberg out of the gutter and setting him on his proper course in life. It cost me his friendship, which was especially dear to me, but given what has transpired since our falling out, it was worth my loss for his — and our– gain. So since I suggested filming Star Wars (from my favorite novella The Star War–all copies were bought up and that title was removed from libraries and book stores– I’ve managed to pick some winners.
    So Avatar was my story, but they couldn’t make it because of special effects problems, ditto Titanic–which David Cameron wanted to make as “Raise the Titanic”! Wow, I really pulled those chestnuts out of the fire, eh? I worked with Stevie on E.T., Close, and most of his flicks since (except the stinkers ha ha). The Matrix was mine, too, so was the Sixth Sense, Beautiful Mind, I did the poetry for Dead Poets Society. That’s me, sorta but without the child abuse, in Good Will Hunting.
    I do not mind helping, but it would be nice to get paid something. I’ve found the cure for crime/addiction/perversions and everybody could just care less. So I must finance the clinical trial myself. Now how am I going to do that?
    Well, 300, was a gentle reminder that we need to be inclusive and of the greatness that was Persia in ancient times. It takes courage to face an enemy (us) that wins every fight and inflicts such devastating casualties.

  3. Who’s the kinko in his Hanes and chains?

  4. is the movie based on real life events of history??