New Battle-Happy ‘Conan the Barbarian’ Character Posters

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 7:21 pm,

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This summer marks the arrival of the Conan the Barbarian reboot – and so far, the project seems like kind of a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it would appear that director Marcus Nispel (the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th remakes) has crafted a film that bears a strong and stylish visual resemblance to the Conan comic books. On the other hand, the movie overall looks a bit like “Clash of the Barbarians” at this point.

While the newest character posters released for Conan the Barbarian don’t really shed any light on whether the film will be a fun bit of B-movie cheese or just big and dumb, they do suggest one thing: Nispel’s reboot will certainly look appropriately grim and dirty.

Much like the 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle of the same name, the new Conan the Barbarian follows the titular Cimmerian warrior as he sets out to avenge the death of his father Corin (Ron Perlman) and village, by killing the vicious warlord Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang). As can be seen in the official Conan trailer, the Cimmerian encounters numerous deadly warriors, fantastical monsters, and bizarre enchantresses along the way.

Jason Momoa is playing the new cinematic incarnation of Conan – and it’ll be interesting to see how his take on the muscular brute compares to his similar turn as Khal Drogo on HBO’s latest hit TV series, Game of Thrones. He at least bears a stronger resemblance to the Barbarian character as presented in comic book form; also, while there’s been disagreement among fans on this matter, Momoa arguably has more of a fittingly beefy build than Schwarzenegger, whose version of the character was always a bit on the bulky side.

Check out the latest Conan the Barbrian character posters – which include Rachel Nichols as the mysterious Tamara and an almost unrecognizable Rose McGowan as the sorceress Marique – in the gallery below (via Latino Review):


The casting for Conan the Barbarian seems pretty spot on, with Momoa as the titular ancient world marauder, Perlman as his aging but nonetheless intimidating father, Lang as a cruel and bloodthirsty villain, and McGowan as an exotic-looking magician. However, one has to imagine that Khalar Zym’s having a prominent facial scar is only going to encourage jokes about how Lang is clearly already being typecast as a bad-ass solider-type after his role as Col. Quaritch in Avatar (see: Terra Nova for further proof). He’s good in that kind of role, though, so there’s not really anything to complain about. Moving on…

Conan co-screenwriter Sean Hood has spoken out before about the influence of Robert E. Howard’s source material – and how the reboot aims to embrace the author’s “fleshy and brutal” depiction of Hyboria without simply becoming gratuitous or exploitive. So it seems that those working on both sides of the camera on the reboot are approaching the Conan universe with a straight face – gory decapitations, topless slave girls, CGI sand creatures, and all. Whether that means the film will be a rockin’ good bit of summer entertainment – or dive over the edge into unintentional campiness – remains to be seen.

Conan the Barbarian arrives in 2D and 3D theaters this summer on August 19th.

Source: MTVFirst ShowingJoBloComing Soon,  The New York Post (via Latino Review)

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  1. After witnessing Jason Momoa in Game of Thrones
    I could not imagine a more perfect actor to play Conan.
    His dominant, dangerous presence on Thones defines charisma.
    If Conan The Barbarian turns out poorly it will not be Jason’s fault.

    • @ Robert Palmar

      I’ll agree that Jason Momoa did a very good job as Khal Drogo. However, they were also able to hide Jason’s native Hawaiian heritage behind a heavy beard and dark eyeshadow and tattooes and other exotic additions like longer, straight and braided hair. In Conan, Momoa’s heritage will be on full display, which I feel is going to be extremely distracting.

      Also, Drogo has a very different set of manners from Conan. He was not so much a barbarian as he was just an imposing battle-master commanding a tribe of barbarians (this was made more obvious in the book, as he was far more civilized in his private moments with Daenerys, but I think it showed through in the episodes, too.)

      Conan IS a barbarian. The berserking kind. Even when he became king, he still thought like an uncivilized warrior. He just simply had the strength, endurance, and prowess to back up his words.

      And even looking past that, the Dothraki and the Cimmerians are also two very distinct groups of barbarians. The Dothraki are a plains type of barbarian (you could argue they’re closer to Native Americans). Momoa was very convincing as a horse-riding plains warrior. Cimmerians are a snow mountain type of barbarian. It’s very well documented that they’re a very rugged people with blacksmith’s strength and excellent climbing abilities. You can see how Momoa might not be ideal for such a role as he looks like he’s from a sunny land.

      My point is that Drogo isn’t Conan. Conan is going to require a very different look and personality from Khal Drogo.

      Arnold Schwarznegger was not a convincing Conan, either, just for the record. Both their faces are just not the idealized Conan face that you see on Conan novels and comic books. So for me, they’ve yet to nail the role, even without me seeing this movie.

      It took them a few tries to nail Batman too with Christian Bale.

      • He fits the role perfectly in my opinion. Have you seen the latest episode of Thrones, when he was fighting? The guy is good.

        Mamoa doesn`t look like an Islander or south asian. He is dark skinned yeah, just like Conan in the books. Quick and agile, yet hard as a rock, just like the books. Unkempt dark hair, just like the books. I really don`t see your problem. Mamoa looks like the younger Conan…I think you are stuck imagining the older king Conan.

        I just wish they could have done something about Rose McGowan`s chin…

  2. Awesome posters, the cast seems great so I hope Momora plays Conan well in his way because there is no need for him to be lik Arine and if that does happen, it will be cheesy and stupid.

    • Awesome posters, the cast seems great so I hope Momora plays Conan well in his way because there is no need for him to be like Arine and if that does happen, it will be cheesy and stupid

  3. Conan co-screenwriter Sean Hood has spoken out before about the influence of Robert E. Howard’s source material – and how the reboot aims to embrace the author’s “fleshy and brutal” depiction of Hyboria without simply becoming gratuitous or exploitive.

    This leads me to suspect that the film makers only thumbed thru a bunch of the Comics and never actually read the books they were based on. Had they done that they would find that the stories are PERFECT for adapting to the movies. But it seems that once again Hollywood thinks they are better writers than one of the Icons of the Sword and Sorcery genre. Hell even the dialogue in the books is better then most of what I have heard in the trailers.

    BUT after saying all that I can compliment the film for the costumes and settings and for choosing the firest person to play Conan who looks more like the actual descriptions than any other actor. At this point I will be happy if they simply make a decent movie that is not campy or trivialized like the second movie with Arnold.

  4. Is it just me, or does Ron Pearlman look like the Sasquatch from Jack’s beef jerky commercials?

    • Well he did play a caveman one time :D

    • I love Ron in most of his roles but he is tending to get more stone faced as the years go by.

  5. “an almost unrecognizable Rose McGowan as the sorceress Marique –”

    Unrecognizable? Really? Yeah…Marique bares NO resemblance to our girl fran from CHARMED!

    • Heh, well, I have to admit, I didn’t recognize her at all when she first popped up in the Conan the Barbarian trailer.

      • All they did was paint her forehead and dye her hair. lol

  6. I thought Jason Momoa was really good in Stargate: Atlantis, he’s great in Game of Thrones. He’ll be an outstanding Conan, as long as the script doesn’t suck. Maybe the real Conan needs to come stand over the screen writers every night and make them write his stories.

  7. Is the movie based on a particular Howard novel? I don’t remember any of those characters but it’s been thirty years since I read the novels.

  8. @ Thandale, No this movie was not based on a particular REH novel but,it is said to be more in line with How conan was like in REH’s stores. There is a good buzz over at about the script for the second movie, saying it is a straight up REH story. I think Jason Momoa looks like a Frazzeta art painting coming to life! For those of you that disagree with me, I said it once and ill say it again, right from the notes of Howard him self pg 378 of “The Coming Of Conan The Cimmerian”. Cimmerians- “These people were descendants of the ancient Atlanteans, though they themselves were unware of their descent, having evolved by their own efforts from the ape-men to which their ancient ancestors had sunk. They were black haired, and grey or blue eyed. They were dolichocephalic, and DARK SKINNED, though not so dark as either the Zingarans, Zamorians or Picts.” IMHO, Jason fits the bill.

  9. Corin (conan’s father) on the other hand, looks like Bigfoot to me. Just bad. Hope he looks better in the actual movie. Now, they should have made Corin the grandfather of Conan, after all that is who REH said raised Conan.

  10. If history has taught us one thing it’s that all females in olde worlde times had massive breasts. Disappointed.

    In all seriousness the posters are well designed. Exactly what you want in a poster.