‘Spartacus: Vengeance’ Trailer: No Guts, No Glory

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

spartacus vengeance trailer Spartacus: Vengeance Trailer: No Guts, No Glory

It’s been a tumultuous journey for fans of Starz’ original series Spartacus: Blood & Sand, what with the second season being (for a while) indefinitely delayed after star Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The next chapter in the tale of the famous gladiator (now portrayed by Liam McIntyre) is on its way, titled Spartacus: Vengeance. Judging by the recently-released trailer for the new season, it’ll deliver all the gory gladiator battles and stylistic action that helped make Blood & Sand – not to mention, the popular prequel mini-series Spartacus: Gods of the Arena – a hit among viewers.

Spartacus was created by Dollhouse and Smallville writer/producer Steven S. DeKnight and features Sam Raimi and Robert G. Tapert (Xena: Warrior Princess) as executive producers. Despite the high pedigree of talent working behind the scenes, the first few episodes of Blood & Sand often felt like a cheap, made-for-cable variation on Zack Snyder’s 300. Even though it offered plenty of stylish and gratuitous violence, sex, and nudity from the get-go, the show’s digitally-rendered effects were often distractingly fake, and its mythological overtones tended to fall on the hokey side.

Thereafter, the show was quick to hit its stride, both thematically and from a technical perspective, becoming a massive hit for Starz. Needless to say, a second season was always assured, even after Whitfield’s deteriorating health became a major impediment.

Now, with McIntyre having stepped in to fill Whitfield’s shoes as the titular warrior, the series promises to become all the more action-packed, dramatic, and grandiose in scale, as Spartacus leads a gladiator rebellion against the Roman Republic – and seeks revenge against the man responsible for condemning his wife to a life of slavery and premature death.

Check out the NSFW Spartacus: Vengeance trailer below:

Vengeance will see the return of several familiar faces, including Crixus (Manu Bennett), Doctore (Peter Mensah), Ashur (Nick Tarabay), and Ilithyia (Viva Bianca). Craig Parker will also reprise his role as Gaius Claudius Glaber, who leads his Roman troops into battle against Spartacus and his allies. Finally, while she doesn’t make a prominent appearance in the Vengeance trailer, Lucy Lawless will also be returning as the aging Lucretia – who was thought to be dead, following the Spartacus-led slave rebellion against the House of Batiatus, at the conclusion of Blood & Sand.

Based on this early footage, McIntyre looks to offer his own slight but noticeably different spin on the Spartacus character, rather than just attempting to channel Whitfield. He comes off as appropriately forceful, but his performance alone won’t make or break the second season of the show, for most viewers.

Overall, though, Vengeance looks like it should be a bloody good time. Agree/disagree?

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Spartacus: Vengeance begins airing on Starz in January 2012.

Source: Starz

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  1. Awesome. Loved what came before. And it looks like its gonna continue.

  2. I gota admit its weird seeing anybody but Whitfield as Spartacus, but the show is looking good, can’t wait.

  3. It seems like Gannicus from “Gods of the Arena” will return as well (catch him shortly from 1:20). Any news regarding that and if he will become a member of the Spartacus army?

    • ya I saw him to.

    • If they go according to history, yes. Gannicus was one of the “generals” in the Spartacus slave revolt.

  4. It just looks so epic and have very little doubt that will fail to deliver.

    They’ve gone with a more gruff, physical persona with Mcintyre’s incarnation, more similar to Gladiator’s Maximus. He’ll certainly look the part for all the intense battle scenes, though he doesn’t have the quiet grace or mysticism that Whitfield, who was more the thinking man’s hero like Viggo Mortensen was with Aragorn. I still say they should bring Andy back when he fully recovers, fans certainly wouldn’t object to it.

    It’s going to be fantastic watch Crixus, Gannicus, Oenomaus all in action. I have this bad feeling they’re going to kill Oenomaus off this year, but pray that I’m wrong. With all the clash of egos out there, his wisdom will be key in keeping everyone together.

    It looks like Glaber will be the main villain and it will be interesting to see all the machinations that go on ion the Senate. Still miss John Hannah as Batiatus though, just have to accept he’s gone for good.

    January 2012 is just too long to wait for.

  5. Ah man……January???? Looks good to go now….Wishful thinking……I wonder how long they can afford such a big budget show though? Once they get into battle mode with so many in the field that’s going to be quite costly….especially for comercial free viewing…..My fear is that we’ll be 5 or 6 episodes in and they’ll call that a season….It was good to see from the trailer that they’ll still be able to keep some good old fashioned Roman orgies in the mix……I mean there has to be an occasional respit from the blood, guts, and gore……Andy they’re going to bring back Lawless as a ghost….Cool….

  6. its not going to be the same without Andy as Spartacus but the show stil looks awesome.
    as mentioned before it would be cool to see Andy come back as Spartacus for a 3rd season maybe coz hes meant to be doing ok now but not fullky recovered to do such a demanding show so fingers crossed he fully recovers and can come back

    • but andy is dead

  7. Looking forward to the show but it just won’t be the same without Andy playing the role of spartacus

  8. man I love this show but for some reason it just feels wrong watching it without whitfield, sorta like I just cheated on my GF or something. The new guy sounds like he’s trying to crank one out when he talks, kinda like Macho Man

  9. Looks good. I agree that Oenameaus is too level headed to keep around for too long. He’s smart enough to know that slave rebellions never end well. But he’s too honorable to abandon his brothers. So, he has to be killed off (hopefully in an homage to the great Woody Strode from the original film).

    Looking forward to seeing Lucy the Lawless steal every scene she’s in. Anybody care to bet that if Naevia returns (please!) she’ll be killed so that Crixus will go completely overboard?

  10. The “aging” Lucreita?? WTF! lawless is hot!!! she steal evrey scene!

    • Heh, relax dude – “aging” does not equal “ugly,” in my book.

      I just meant that Lucretia’s being an older beauty was sort of an issue that seemed to keep popping up in Blood & Sand.

  11. Even if Andy were declared “cancer free” for a second time, I doubt the show could find a company to insure the production, which would eliminate Andy from returning for at least a few years and by then the rest of the cast would have had to move on. It’s a sad but realistic fact of the business side of things, so basically SPARTACUS goes forward with this new guy or it gets cancelled and it made waaaaay too much money for Starz for that to happen. The good news is it seems this new Spartacus looks good.

  12. Freaking insanity that only Spartacus can deliver. Wow, the style is so consistent in this series. Can’t wait. Anybody know if the show has won any awards?

  13. I want Andy back! He’s irreplaceable

  14. OMG! This will be a blast! I cringe, i cried, i sympathize, only Spartacus can give me that feeling. Its feakingly amazing!