‘Hercules: The Legend Begins’ Trailer & NYCC Panel

Published 2 years ago by , Updated October 13th, 2013 at 7:29 am,

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Considering that there are two big Hercules movies on the horizon, we wouldn’t blame you if you confused  director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2) and star Kellan Lutz (Twilight) prequel film Hercules: The Legend Begins with that adaptation of The Thracian War comic book series starring Dwayne Johnson and directed by Brett Ratner.

In fact, it was probably the ongoing confusion between the two films that brought Lutz and Co. to the 2013 New York Comic Con ready to plant their flag firmly in the sand, stating that Legend Begins is THE Hercules movie you need to see. Were they successful? Read on to find out.


In attendance were stars Kellan Lutz, Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Gaia Weiss (Mary Queen of Scots) and action icon Scott Adkins (Expendables 2), along with co-producer Jonathan Yunger and director Renny Harlin.

  • The moderator’s first question was to Renny Harlin regarding Kellan Lutz’ workout regiment. His answer was a lot of double entendres before settling into an actual explanation that he wanted a non-stereotypical Hercules – cut, but not swollen, more realistic.
  • The moderator’s next question was why Harlin wanted to make the film at all. He first stoked the Comic-Con fan fire then said that Hercules is everyone’s fantasy and dream of movie adventure experience.
  • Liam McIntyre added that they filmed in Bulgaria, where “anything goes. It’s amazing.”
  • Kellan claimed that getting this leading man role and getting to ride horses and fight “Spartacus” (McIntyre) is a dream come true.
  • Weiss told a story about how Harlin came all the way to London and randomly found her after an extensive search. She had trained for the film in order to help a friend. She’s a newcomer (and it showed when she was facing the ‘Con crowd).
  • McIntyre talked about growing playing Greek and Roman-themed mythology games – which made it perfect for both his role in Spartacus and when Harlin approached him for a role in the film.
  • McIntyre claimed that Hercules “is the first superhero.” He added that this film tells that origin story “with pinnace.”
  • Harlin big-upped Scott Adkins and his marital arts prowess. Adkins revealed that he snuck a copy of the script, and was happy to get the chance to actually play a a well-rounded character (a rare allowance for the action star).
  • Harlin echoed the Hercules as original superhero idea, and challenged the established iconography of Hercules, claiming he wanted to stick close to the actual writings about the character, and tell the origin story about how he became a hero.
  • Adkins plays Hercules’ human father and the character is said to have a complex, dysfunctional backstory. They wanted to focus on the love story, not a brooding action flick. The film will be about Hercules’ journey around the world just to come home and be with the woman he loves.
  • Weiss appreciated being the lady on a set full of oiled-up beefcakes. Harlin joked, “Huge oil budget.”
  • Adkins had to shave his legs; in fact, all the guys had to go hairless. Harlin took the blame; the ladies in the crowd were appreciative.
  • Harlin talked about hating post-converted 3D and how he ABSOLUTELY went into his use of it by creating the film AROUND the medium in the immersive sense – “It’s not about arrows popping out at your eye.” 
  • Yunger joked that they new Lutz was their man, because when he walked into the office, all the girls were staring. McIntyre added “and some of the men.”
  • Harlin and Weiss launched Lutz into discussion about the love scenes in the film. Lutz tried to deflect, claiming a tight camaraderie with the cast – but stumbled when he said he and Weiss had to make love on a goat. He meant goat rug. Weiss told a story about her and Lutz shooting the scene and eating ice cream in between takes. He said “It’s so good… I don’t want to rush it.” We THINK he was referring to the ice cream. A story about Hercules’ snake pendant melted down into jokes about Lutz trying to ‘put his snake’ in Weiss’ mouth. Classy!
  • Harlin talked about Bulgaria and how it allowed them to save a LOT of money. No one confessed what went on after hours. Lutz is still there shooting Expendables 3. McIntyre joked that he’s now an official citizen. They had dinner, danced, sang karaoke; Weiss and Lutz wouldn’t show their expert dance moves. Boo. Other activities the studio would frown upon took place.
  • The horses on set were pretty wild (don’t let PTA hear your say that). The were Arabian stallions; every horse enthusiast in the crowd gasped in horror.
  • Harlin claims that he used super-speed cameras to create slo-mo sequences to capture “the language” of Hercules’ action. Since a demigod moves faster than humans, he felt the choice is organic and logical, not gimmicky.
  • McIntyre described the difference between TV and movies. TV allows time to have the character, story and drama grow in you; movies require immediate investment of all your energy. Basically a marathon vs. a sprint.


A trailer for the film was screened. It was an extensive setup of the backstory of Hercules, detailing how his love is promised to his brother, causing Hercules to rebel against his family and face exile by his father (Adkins). While in the world, he is sold as a slave, ends up in the Coliseum, shocks the world as a gladiator and soon finds out that he’s a demigod.

The trailer was light on the mystical elements of the legend, with only a brief sequence of Hercules’ sword being endowed with the lightning of Zeus. It was clear that the film was indeed conceived for 3D (even though we only saw it in 2D); however, it’s best described as borrowing elements of TroyGladiator and stylistic cues from 300 – without necessarily meeting the level of any of those respective films. Nonetheless, it was epic in scope (thanks green screen) and contained moments of action that definitely stand out as cool.

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Hercules: The Legend Begins will be in theaters sometime in “First Quarter” 2014.

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  1. Is this a series on HBO or a theatrical release? If it’s a theatrical release, the Rock has no worries. Looks to much like a pay channel series.

  2. I echo the sentiment above. This could be a fun TV movie, but as a theatrical release it feels half baked, copying from every other Swords and Sandals movie you can think off.

  3. looks like another immortals movie starring maybe the next flash.

    • that and gladiator ripped off

  4. looks like the dwayne johnson hercules movie is gonna murder this one

  5. So his arena get-up is directly ripped from Spartacus, the theme is directly ripped from Gladiator, and the battle scenes are directly ripped from 300. I’ve seen this movie before, and it was better the first time.

  6. I think Bergey sums this movie up pretty good. I would add: I did not know that Hercules was Sweedish or German. For years I have been under the assumption that he was Greek and his father was Zeus, god of thunder and lightning and storms and all that stuff. Just goes to show you how much I know.

  7. It’s okay for me. this one will deliver the emotion and backstory (with a okie-dokie Hercules and action) and Rock’s will stand as a kick ass movie with some okie-dokie emotion and backstory. Combine these two half great movies, and voila! WE’VE GOT An EPIC HERCULES MOVIE!

    that’s all I need.

    (Pardon my English. It’s quite elementary:)

  8. Clash of the Titans 3.

  9. This will be terrible.

  10. Is this the Spartacus Movie? Or Gladiator II? Cannot put my finger on it…

  11. WTF? This trailer looks awful. First off, whoever edited it should be fired. Second, most of the effects look bad (I understand they may not be finished). For example, the scene in the boat or the absolutely bloodless battle in the arena. Third, the story looks way off from the myth. The Greeks never really practiced large-scale gladiatorial fights, the armor is all roman design. Do some friggin research before you make a movie.

  12. looks like a cheesy attempt at a mashup between 300, gladiator and troy.

  13. I was at the panel for this at NYC Comic Con. The director did an amazing job selling this movie. All the fight scenes aren’t gonna be shaky close ups which is great! Can’t wait for this movie. Can’t wait to see Liam on the big screen!! So pumped!!

    I have a huge feeling that this movie will be better than The Rock’s Hercules.

  14. this looks just plain cheap and bad

  15. It’s not authentic in the myth and story but he armour is correct it’s the burgandy redish coat that tell us something differnt here.
    hercules myth is not Greek after all it’s Tracian-Pelasgian,veni myths, tht belong to differn nation and nationality
    Onlly the descended today can witness the true colour and memryieis in theri vains.
    Zeus was not Greek God (Deus pater) but From Hyperobea only the Slavic Aryan Vedas has the right to claim it’s true deity. The only God that pesonifies Zeus is the Asgardian God of Thunder Perun.
    The effect are dull, and cinematogrpphy look cheap too much CG blended with some settings, it alike 300, Vs Spartacus.
    ASs for the Gladiatorial arena, you need to go in to eastern Europe and look up for anciuent Ruins, that not build by the Romans, Amphitetre , Arenas and massive Cylopin wall were biuld by the Indigenious races of Europe. The Romas didn’t have the time to biuld massive fotresses and casles only they build Roads. The British Empire biulded Ships and Armada, to conquero the World.
    On;y the true descvednde can witness waht their forefather have builded and they are the peole that those sories and myth run in their bloods and traditions.

  16. That has got to be the worst trailer I have ever, ever seen.

    I mean, how many establishing shots do we need in a trailer?!?! What was up with the pacing? It was like watching a trailer for a 1980’s school video documentary.

  17. this would be an okay season of spartacus. but hercules is a demigod not a skinny little twerp

  18. This movie might as well have been Clash of the Titans 4 or Immortals 3, this looks so generic and bland, nothing that hints towards anything epic or fun. Plus they kind of shot themselves in the foot with the “Twilight-y” opener “He dared to follow his heart…” lol. I can’t wait to see the Rock’s more testosterone fueled version.

  19. lol Since the rocks face is gonna be the new hurcules there’re trying so hard for people to remember him as being a white guy hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha and there will probably be 110 more generic movies made