First ‘Conan the Barbarian’ Trailer Is A True Tease

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 15th, 2013 at 12:42 pm,

conan jason momoa First Conan the Barbarian Trailer Is A True Tease

Friday the 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake director Marcus Nispel will be at the helm of another gory franchise reboot this summer, with the highly-anticipated Conan the Barbarian. The film stars Jason Momoa as the titular, muscle-bound warrior, following in the footsteps of The Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

An official trailer for the Conan reboot has been unveiled, but be warned, it’s a true teaser that offers only brief glimpses of actual film footage – and a few choice words by Momoa’s vicious Barbarian.

Here’s the lowdown on Conan the Barbarian, in terms of plot:

To avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his Cimmerian village, Conan goes on a quest to find and kill the sadistic warlord responsible. However, this warlord, Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang), is on his own quest to find an elusive young woman, Tamara (Rachel Nichols), the key to an enigmatic ritual of resurrection. When Conan abducts Tamara and uses her as bait, he is pursued by armies, besieged by monsters and led to a site of primeval magic and human sacrifice.

Check out the Conan the Barbarian teaser trailer (via Yahoo! Movies) below:

The production design of Nispel’s Conan reboot looks effectively savage so far, and what little is shown in the teaser trailer does harken to the brutal style and atmosphere of the original comics. An impressive Conan the Barbarian motion poster that paid homage to the work of acclaimed illustrator Frank Frazetta was unveiled recently, which further suggests that this new film is indeed modeled primarily on the graphic novel incarnation of the character.

Nispel doesn’t exactly have a great track record as a director (bloody, yes, but not solid overall), and it’s difficult to go on too much about the new Conan movie without seeing more footage of Momoa and company in action. What little has been shown at this point should be enough to keep fans interested – though readers should feel free to contest (or echo) that sentiment in the comments section below.

Conan the Barbarian attacks theaters this summer on August 19th.

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  1. The Conan The Barbarian trailer is awful, corny, and stupid. The way that it looked.

    • I don’t usually bother to read or write on these>>I am 61 and enjoy comics and movies. This looked interesting>!

      • mike,

        Thanks for chiming in!


  2. It looks like a pretty good barbarian movie. I’m not so sure about a Conan movie. Momoa just doesn’t have the facial look I picture in my head when I think of Conan. But other than that I think it might be okay.

      • He never said anything about Arnold looking like Conan.

        I’m a fan of the Conan comics (mostly as depicted by John Buscema) and I also agree that Momoa doesn’t look “right.” He’s just too well… Hawaiian.

        Also, watch the caps. You sound immature.

          • Dude. Nobody likes a troll. Either get a new keyboard, or use the Screen Keyboard.

            But I partially agree: my mom and dad are huge fans of the Conan movies that feature Arnold, and that means that when I was little, it was Conan movies whenever we sat down, with a few “I Love Lucy” episodes sprinkled in. I can only see Momoa as Ronon Dex, because that’s how I saw him for two years or so on SGA.

            Trailer does look cheesy, but so does Green Lantern, and I’ve got high hopes about that.

          • You know, it’s really sad that we can’t be civilized, and disagree at the same time. There’s this little thing called an OPINION that prevents a person from being “wrong”.

            As for the trailer, it look weak, but it’s only a TEASER. I’m waiting for the full trailer to make a judgement on the film.

        • Arnold looked too Austrian to played Conan

      • u are correct

        • There were so many artist depictions of Conan, it’s crazy.

          I am an REH Conan fan, and I can say with certainty of the following:

          Neither Ahnold nor Momoa are representative of Conan. Period. They are both muscular, but neither naturally resemble him as described by REH.

          As to the trailer, I can’t say much about it as they did not reveal much. But that could telling enough.

          I am still setting my expectations VERY low. I want it to succeed. But I have not seen very much compelling evidence that it is going to be anything better than a SciFi channel movie. I really hope I am wrong.

          And Rogue, I don’t think anyone believes you about the caps. You seem too angry and defensive in your writing and it is further exacerbated by the font. We are all good, civil movie fans here who love to talk and share opinion. Please don’t troll here.

    • I agree also. Conan’s face should be more like the Frazetta and Buscema art, shorter, rougher, maybe a scar, not handsome. I remember seeing a video months ago where the makeup effects people were experimenting with facial prosthetics to achieve that exact look. They eventually choose not to do it I guess. This teaser makes me think HBO series more than epic motion picture. Just have to wait and see.

      • Remember Momoa is playing a young Conan probably in his early 20’s, mabey in future movie he will become more scarred an rough looking as he gets older. And he also has to appeal to women like he did in the stories, i think momoa has the right balance of looks to appeal to women whilst still looking dangerous.

        • The books did talk about Conan having scars on both his body and face, but I dont see Hollywood ever letting the face of the actor carry battle scars.

          I can’t figure out why so many directors cant stick to the books, heck the part where Conan first goes into battle at 15 or 16 and loots an Aquilonian city seems to me to be a better draft than what I see here. To me that is more compelling than another vengance driven storyline and the death of his Parents which the books never touched on.

  3. I don’t know about this movie. Momoa sounded terrible as “Conan” But I’ll withhold judgement on this movie until see more of Him in action or speaking.

  4. I liked it. His last lines pretty much summed up what I expected anyway.

  5. might check it out when it hits dvd… and is on sale…for less then ticket price… infact i’ll just wait for it to hit the net 😀

  6. i don’t care what anyone says, this looks fantastic. the plot sounds good, the actor looks perfect (not over-muscled). i like.

  7. Momoa looks more like a vicious villain than a barbarian himself…for those who are not comics/graphic novel nerds may not able to reference him as conan.

    • Conan was described as intimidating and he used his size and looks to intimidate foes at times. It was also how he held his kingdom together later in life when he was a King.

  8. I am a huge fan of all things Robert Howard. Other than the hair which is missing the “Square cut” the guy could be Conan. Bronzed skin, well muscled, but not too big(ala Arnold), and very quick looking. Many people forget how he was described in the BOOKS and only go by what they REMEMBER from the older movies and comics. Conan was a Pirate, a desert nomad, general, a theif, and even a King at one time or another. If you haven`t already, check out the Dark Horse comics…good reads. I am really looking forward to this and will give it a chance before tearing it apart. Here`s hoping for a resurgence in the R rated fantasy genre!

  9. Looks great to me, can’t wait!

  10. To all of you “He doesn’t look right” trolls out there, this is a fictional story in a fictional universe, Conan could have purple skin for all I care. It’s fantasy not reality. Also Arnie was waaaay too big to be an actual barbarian. I based off true appearence a barbarian would be lean, dirty, quick, mean, and stubborn. The trailer looks allright but then again it’s based off a sub-par movie based off terrible books.

    • So in one sentense he could be purple, cause it’s fantasy not reality.
      And then you go on about what a “real barbarian would look like”
      Make up your mind, man

    • That argument that it’s just fantasy and therefore it doesn’t matter how he looks doesn’t hold water. When you read the stories and look at the various artwork you get your own mental picture of how Conan should look.

      Now others may have a mental pic that fits this look but mine doesn’t and that will effect my enjoyment of this movie a little bit. Get enough of those little annoying bits and the movie won’t work at all for me.

  11. I thought the trailer captured the mystical other worldy setting and I think Jason Momoa does look quite a bit like the description from the stories however I will reserve final judgement until a trailer with a little more than 5 seconds of conan is shown.

  12. Garbage.
    I don’t care if Arnie looked anything like Conan.
    For the sake of it being such an iconic role that started his career, this movie should never have been made.

    • agreed. They should have waited for Arnie to finish with his little political venture then offer him the role that was set up for him at the end of Conan the Destroyer. Timing would have been perfect for part.

      I personally always thought Arnold was a great fit for the role. Between his physique and foreign accent it just worked for me.

      • I don’t know. Arnies looking a little too much his age(63) nowdays. Taking on Californias problems and failing miserably has really put the mileage on him. Even playing an older King Conan would be a bit of a stretch.

        • Not to mention he is way out of shape to be playing him anyway.

    • Why should R E Howard’s creation be hijacked by a gormless bodybuilder who looked, sounded and acted nothing like Conan.
      I would rather see a film based on Conan the Cimmerian not Arnie the Austrian.

  13. I hope they don’t turn Conan into some blood thirsty moron…that would be disappointing and an insult to the memory of any writer who delved into the Conan Universe.

    • I don’t think they will, it looks like hes based on R E Howards original version of Conan, rather than Arnie’s gormless version of Conan.

  14. I mean to say he should be a blood thirsty Scholar, master of the sword, rescuer of cheaply clad damsels and such. A thoughtful Barbarian is how he was always portrayed to me.

    • Agreed. He was always a thinking mans barbarian.

  15. First off, this teaser trailer had no where near enough details for me to even pre-judge the film. So whatever.

    As for the teaser itself, I guess after all this time it could have been better. I am love the Conan movies. It is how I got introduced into the character. So Arnold will always have a special connection to the character.

    It was not until I started reading comics that I had learned that he was captured in comics and books way before the films. The character I seen did look different than Arnold. He had a darker skin tone, darker hair, and little leaner.

    So I am not hating the fact that trying to find an actor who resembles the character more accurately. I will be patient and watch how this film developes. I want this film to work. Please work.

  16. Is anyone else not liking the raggedy ass kilt they have him in? Just looks awkward for a swordsman. He’d be catching his sword on those tatters occasionally.

    Besides that that cold Cimmerian wind would be blowing right up there and chilling his mighty Conan naughty bits. Also if he’s climbing something there’s the risk of a barbarian buffalo shot.

    • Cimmerians are based on the ancient Irish and Celts, so a kilt would be apropriate for his origins film. Whether Momoa looks Celtic is another matter.

        • I can agree with that…

          • Ok remember that the Commerians were supposed to have lived more than 10,000 years before the Celts, no race of people retain all of their physical features over that time frame.

  17. “I live, alone. I slay. I am content” That has got to be one of the most cheesiest lines I have ever heard.
    Ya this is looking to be total trash, unless you actually enjoy this type of trash that is.
    You would have to be a meat head to enjoy it.

    • Actually I think that is a much shorter reworking of a line from a Conan story. “I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay and I am content.” I think that was from Queen of the Black Coast.

      At least someone on the movie read a novel.

      • You are right…

        It is a direct quote from “Queen of the Black Coast”.

    • It’s “I live, I love, I slay and i am content”, its almost a direct quote from the original stories, and pretty much sums up Conan’s outlook.
      And as for being a meat head to enjoy this, if you had seen a full preview screening of the completed movie then your opinion would actually mean something, instead of being an uninformed rant.

      • You are right…

        It is a direct quote from “Queen of the Black Coast”.

  18. Can we all agree that this teaser was garbage? It looked like a Sci-Fi made for TV movie. Judging by the poor quality of this teaser trailer wouldn’t you imagine the movie will be poor as well?
    I don’t care to see this, Conan looks gay.

    • How can you judge an entire film of a 60 second teaser? Especially when it showed practically NO FOOTAGE from the movie.

    • No, there are plenty of films that had great trailers that turned out terrible and vice-versa. The teaser was weak but that means nothing yet.

    • monkeyjesu…

      Ouch. I hope, almost desperately, that your decisiveness never impacts the world at large. We’ll be screwed, for sure. Sheesh.

      As for me, I kept expecting the Narrator to break into, “SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY…BIG MONSTER TRUCK RALLY…WORLD’S GREATEST EVENT…COME AND SEE BIG FOOT CRUSH ALL FOES!!!” Other than that, the few seconds I saw in this TEASER trailer (that teaser part should be remembered by all ranters), I’m looking forward to seeing…a full trailer. I DO like Momoa’s look for Conan.

    • We aren’t catfighting over anything. We are having a discussion. In case you hadn’t noticed it’s a “discussion” forum.

      The hair is a minor thing but minor things can add up to the point where they constantly detract from your enjoyment of the movie. It also shows a lack of attention to detail on the movie makers part.

      So stop trying to act all superior and above it all and wade in and have some fun.

  19. It could be good, I like Momoa in SG:A, and that’s a cool teaser.
    I doubt I would go to the cinema to see this, but it might be worth a punt on DVD.

  20. Time to rant. This teaser trailer sucks. The cheesy narration and the vague visuals dont conjure up my childhood images of Conan based on REH novels\short stories, and Marvel comics. Also, the Conan lettering and sword logo looks too much like this is a salute to the Arnold movies, which in my opinion were not good adaptations of Conan. And I agree that Momoa doesnt quite look like Conan. Before someone decides to slam my opinion(rather than offer their own opinion of the trailer), yes I am very well read on Conan. R.E.H. was very, very, clear in his description of his barbarian, and he described him clearly in every story I ever read. They have a lot of convincing to do to get me to see this one in theatres.

    • I am with you on this Happy. The Trailer was dreadful, it neither showed any footage from the movie but seems to be hiding it as well. Not a good sign. Plus the story seems to be the same stuff Milius “made up” without any regard for the books. To me it sounds more like the Scorpion King than Conan.

      I am a major REH afficianado and have have read his work over an over in the pst 30 years. Have to disagree with you on Momoa on his look, to me he is more like what Conan was described by Howard than any others.

  21. All right, I will say the still photo at the top of the aricle is getting the job done. It kicks the hell out of the teaser trailer.

  22. Momoa can play a pretty mean cat, but I’d have expected him to bulk up by at least 15 pounds and changed his build a bit (larger lats and delts)
    I guess I can say “At least he looks better than Sorbo did as Herc!” LOL.
    I’m on record as saying I’m glad they went against the grain with Momoa

  23. I don’t know how the movie will turn out, but this trailer was dumb…

  24. I cant wait for this to come out. Really pleased with the trailer, as it didn’t give away the entire movie/plot, but rather TEASED it in an effective way. And for those of you who are hating on ‘re-makes’- not a remake, it’s a re-adaptation. From what I’ve read, this film will be more accurate to Robert E. Howard’s original stories. Cant wait to see it!

  25. Ok, I’ve gone on record for over a year now since I first heard of a Conan movie/reboot and Momoa portraying our favorite Cimmerian. This should put a rest to any arguments; I’ve read the REH AND Marvel Comics graphic novels since I was nine (at least 30 odd years ago) and in no way shape or form does Momoa resemble him. Momoa needs to add about 25 lbs of muscle to fill Conan’s boots. He’s just not intimidating enough! If the studio wanted an ethnic actor they should’ve went with ‘The Rock’ – at least he fits the physical build and stature of Conan to a T.
    I hope the story is well done, from the above description in italics it sounds like shoddy formula but one never really knows…

    Now to the trailer, “teaser” is apropo but academic as it does exactly that – teases us without showing much and like the above poster said shows more along the lines of SSOC than the actual novels by REH – Interesting but not enough to land a solid WOW for me. In all I will see it due to product loyalty and like one of millions of REH fans am hoping for the best…!

  26. No thanks.
    Having read the original Howard material when I was in high school (forever ago)I really feel there’s no way Howard’s version can be translated to the screen. Read the stories and there’s a visceral quality that no one seems able to capture. And frankly all of the CG/FX laden fantasy/science fiction movies of late are getting really tiresome.