First ‘Conan the Barbarian’ Clip: You Don’t Mess with the Conan

Published 4 years ago by , Updated July 19th, 2011 at 11:12 am,

New Conan the Barbarian character posters First Conan the Barbarian Clip: You Dont Mess with the Conan

We’ve already seen the origin stories of several comic book heroes (including Thor and Green Lantern) played out onscreen this summer. Next month marks the arrival of Conan the Barbarian, which also explores the early days of its (anti-) heroic namesake, the deadly Cimmerian warrior created by Robert E. Howard.

A first clip for the Conan reboot has been released online, once again demonstrating that director Marcus Nispel (the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th remakes) won’t be holding back on the bloody carnage in this flick.

Conan the Barbarian has been brought to life in a variety of mediums before, including Howard’s original literature, comic books, films, TV series, and even a Saturday morning animated cartoon form (see: Conan the Adventurer). Visually, the reboot from Nispel appears to bear the strongest resemblance to both the graphic novel incarnation of the character and Howard’s original stories.

Jason Momoa likewise looks the part of Conan and (based on previously-released footage) can convincingly pull off gruesome acts of violence and bloodshed. But will the young Conan (Leo Howard) be equally believable?

Watch the NSFW Conan the Barbarian clip below and find out:


Give Nispel credit: he won’t make moviegoers wait long to see some nasty violence in his Conan reboot. This early scene from the film definitely has a vibe along the lines of Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto, with regards to both the ancient world setting and how the action is filmed coherently (possibly, that’s the 3D element coming into play). If Conan the Barbarian as a whole can be as fast-paced, exhilarating, and chest-thumping a thrill ride as Gibson’s film was, then it’s hard to imagine that fans will walk away disappointed.

Whether or not Conan the Barbarian will have much thematic substance, though, is another matter. Once you get past the stylish look and atmosphere of this first clip, it’s a pretty cliché scene that involves a future “hero” proving himself to be an exception among his peers, in the eyes of his father (here, a bearded Ron Perlman). People who are hoping that this reboot will show its title character as having more depth or being a complex anti-hero, along the lines of his portrayal in Howard’s source material, might end up feeling a bit let down.

On the other hand: If all you’re looking to get out of Conan the Barbarian is some cheesy, B-movie fun with lots of decapitations and murderous mayhem, then the reboot should deliver – assuming that action-packed sequences like this first clip are not far and few between in the actual film.


Conan the Barbarian attacks 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on August 19th, 2011.

Source: Lionsgate

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  1. that is F awesome…might even to the original…

  2. An antihero is still a—you guessed it—hero. This one scene could hardly fail expectations that the titular character will be the brutish and barbaric antihero from Howard’s source. What should he have done? Run the other way with his cohorts? Outsmarted the other guys? Been beaten to a bloody pulp and left for dead? Meh. Seems logical to me that it played out this way. Conan IS special. Besides that, if the early days of Conan are like the early days of everyone else in his clan, there’s no reason to go over the early days on the big screen, imo. If there are early days on screen, they better well be put to good use setting him apart from all of the guys who don’t make it out alive.

  3. Nice scene!

  4. “its (semi-) heroic namesake”

    Obviously you have not read the original books Sandy, in them Conan accomplished more Heroic events than all the super heroes could have without their powers. It’s easy to take on an army when you have a gods powers and magic weapons, its another when you are simply flesh and blood.

    • For clarification – I just meant that Conan is generally considered more of an anti-hero (which, as another commenter on here pointed out, is just a different kind of hero).

      I’ll switch it up so it makes more sense.

  5. Nice!

  6. Im sold!

  7. Wow, I wasn’t too interested in this movie but this clip sold me. Bring it!

  8. Nice. Very nice. Seems like a Conan film to me. Thanks to Games of Thrones, Jason Momoa has grown on me. So I am looking forward to this film.

  9. That actually was pretty damn good.

  10. I have to admit.

    I am sold.

  11. I liked it a lot. I’d love for the more in-depth portrayal, but when all is said and done Conan is Conan. I’ll go into this movie expecting everything I got from this scene I suppose.

  12. Wow!!! He was born to become that Barbarian Warrior! I like! :)

  13. seems alot like the dark horse version of conan (which is really cool). i hope they dont have as many quick cuts during the whole movie, b/c my eyes find it hard to ‘jump’ from one thing to another so fast (its why i generally suck as FPS games).

    i really think people should either read the original conan books or the dark horse comics to really understand what angle this movie sits on, the arnie version is nothing like what the comics portray conan as, and in some cases is misleading (he never really gets drunk and sleeps with random people and isn’t a hulking brute either, he strikes to kill and ‘moves like a panther’).

  14. Oh dam that’s what I’m talking about. I was skeptical about this movie and the trailers didn’t do anything for me either but now I’m sold. This should have been the trailer it probably would be even more hyped up then it actually is

  15. It looks completely ridiculous!
    And FUN.

    I love it!

  16. I would have liked for Conan to be a little more older in that scene for it to be more believable, but whatever. It’s Conan, I guess.

  17. That was awesome. I was down for this from the start and I’m happy to see others on board as well. I love Arnie’s first Conan but this looks to be more faithful.

  18. Looks good,the best Conan clip I have seen so far,this might actually carry the movie.

  19. The blood spurting when the guy hits the log was over the top. The rest was quite decent.

  20. I must admit that I have been skeptical of this movies cheesiness all along especially watching the trailers on my computer, however the other night I saw a trailer on TV and it looked waaaaaayyyyy better….I am now on the bandwagon…