Yet another mythological monster-oriented featurette for the upcoming Wrath of the Titans has made its way online, following the Chimera-focused clip unveiled earlier this week. This time, the focus is on the demon warriors known as Makhai (also spelled Machai) – or, as co-screenwriter David Leslie Johnson calls them, “nightmare soldiers.” We also have two new clips to show from the Clash of the Titans sequel.
Most of the main players in Clash (such as Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, etc.) are back for a second round of Greek fantasy mayhem in Wrath – though, there’s been significant change-ups in off-camera personnel, including a different director in Jonathan Liebesman (Battle Los Angeles), as well as writers like Johnson (Orphan, Red Riding Hood) and relative newcomer Dan Mazeau.
In this first clip from Wrath of the Titans, Zeus (Neeson) attempts to make peace with his corrupt brother Hades (Ralph Fiennes) so that they might together repair the decaying realm of Tartarus, deep within the Underworld (spoiler: the meeting doesn’t go well):
Next, we have a scene where a battered, dying Poseidon (Danny Huston) gives Perseus (Worthington) his trusty trident, so that Perseus may pass it on to the god of sea’s demi-god son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell) – and gain an ally in his quest to stop the Titans from unleashing Hell on Earth:
Lastly, for all those out there who’ve been wondering just what are these (literally) fiery, double-torsoed monsters that stab everything in sight – as seen in previous Wrath of the Titans trailers – you should watch the featurette below (per usual, Greek mythology purists might want to take a pass):
Overall (early) impression? Based on this preliminary footage, Wrath of the Titans comes off as a solid, effect-heavy popcorn flick that benefits from having a more down n’ dirty aesthetic than its predecessor. While the film does feature post-converted 3D visuals, Liebesman reportedly altered its aspect ratios and the “choreography of the shots” with the third dimension in mind. So far, that seems to have resulted in a movie that should look decent in 3D – or, at the least, much better than Clash of the Titans did.
Wrath of the Titans opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on March 30th, 2012.