The second Immortals trailer also paints the film in the same light as titles like 300 and Clash of the Titans – quite literally – as Mickey Rourke’s King Hyperion actually unleashes “the Titans” in this preview. However, Singh looks to deliver a more visually-dazzling and unique spin on the swords-and-sandals genre with his film.
Immortals stars Henry Cavill (the new Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel) as Theseus, a warrior destined to stop Rourke’s bloodthirsty warlord and prevent him from overthrowing the Gods of Olympus – by using the legendary Bow of Epirus, a mystical weapon that would allow King Hyperion to become the indomitable ruler of the world.
Much like before, the latest Immortals trailer has a whole lot of material (Theseus prepping his troops for battle with a rousing speech, almost balletic slo-mo combat sequences, the metallic golden tint of the cinematography) that directly recalls 300. So how will moviegoers be able to distinguish Singh’s film from Snyder’s Greek epic?
Watch the new Immortals trailer (via RyanSeacrest.com) below and find out:
Whereas Snyder aimed to faithfully recreate the look and design of Frank Miller’s original 300 graphic novel, Singh appears to have infused Immortals with more of his own creative visual style – resulting in this trailer featuring almost painterly imagery of armored soldiers clashing or flying through the air in battle. Most of the clearly-designed-for-3D shots actually seem to avoid being too gimmicky as well, opting to draw viewers into the scenery – as opposed to, say, just having arrows or spears fly out directly at the camera. Lastly, the production design of Immortals also has its own flavor, resulting in some creative costume design for the various characters in the film.
Although Cavill is portraying the same character archetype in Immortals as Sam Worthington did in the Clash of the Titans remake, the former seems more convincing as an everyman who rises to the occasion and is destined to battle fantastical creatures. It doesn’t look as though Theseus will get to belt cheesy yet undeniably memorable inspirational speeches or dialogue a la the lines of King Leonadis’ from 300, but that works well with the more traditionally dramatic atmosphere that Immortals seems to be aiming for. Cavill just has to hope that he isn’t upstaged by Rourke, whose gruff but subtle villain could be a scene-stealer.
Depending on how well Immortals goes over with general audiences, it could impact people’s interest in seeing Cavill’s take on Superman – as well as Singh’s upcoming retelling of Snow White, which is scheduled to hit theaters in spring 2012. Best to wait and see, though.
Immortals will arrive in U.S. theaters on November 11th, 2011.