Warner Bros.’ Wrath of the Titans will get a head start on the blockbuster competition when it hits theaters this March, while Paramount’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Disney/Pixar’s Brave are prepped to duke it with Hollywood’s biggest guns (re: tentpole releases) during the Summer 2012 movie season.
Today we have new television spots for all three of these impending features. Read on for more information about each respective title – and to get your fill of action-packed footage featuring mythological monsters running amok, a fiery-haired princess confronting mysterious magical forces, and elite U.S. soldiers facing off against deadly enemies that pose a serious threat to national security.
Wrath of the Titans
The sequel to 2010’s Clash of the Titans remake, Wrath of the Titans picks up with a ten years older Perseus (Sam Worthington) who must once again save humanity when Hades (Ralph Fiennes) manages to free the Titans and unleashes hell on Earth. Joining the demigod son of Zeus (Liam Neeson) on his next adventure are such new allies as the Warrior Queen Andromeda (now played by Rosamund Pike) and another half-human, half-god offspring by the name of Argenor (Toby Kebbell).
Check out the latest bits of footage from Wrath of the Titans:
Wrath of the Titans does look effectively grittier and more stylishly unpolished than Clash of the Titans, but that doesn’t guarantee the storyline and characters will be any more engaging this second time around. Dan Mazeau and David Leslie Johnson (the main writers on the Titans sequel) have impressed Warner Bros. heads enough with their script work to secure a job writing Clash of the Titans 3, so… take that for what it’s worth.
Wrath of the Titans arrives in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on March 30th, 2012.
Scottish thespians such as Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire) and Billy Connolly (The Hobbit) are lending their vocals to Pixar’s Celtic princess fairy tale Brave, which follows the adventures of one Princess Merida (Macdonald) as she attempts to restore order to her kingdom after inadvertently defying an ages-old custom that unleashes a terrible curse upon her people. Merida must rely on her impressive archery skills and spirited personality when she thereafter is forced to confront a mystical (and possibly dangerous) force.
Check out the first TV spot for Brave:
The animation in Brave looks as stellar as anything Pixar has produced to date, though some moviegoers are not yet convinced this film is anything but a visually-beautiful, yet thematically-conventional “girl power” tale. Brave was scripted by Disney/Pixar writing vets such as Brenda Chapman (Beauty and the Beast, Cars) and Irene Mecchi (The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame), which strongly suggests the film’s narrative should be up to scratch.
Brave hits 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on June 22nd, 2012.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
The second installment in the G.I. Joe live-action franchise sees the eponymous fighting squad in shambles after Cobra Commander’s spy Zartan (Arnold Vosloo) conspires to have them all assassinated and take control of the U.S. government for his evil leader. Surviving Joes, such as Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) and Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki), join forces with the original Joe Colton (Bruce Willis) in order to stop Cobra’s diabolical plan for world domination.
Have a look at the third TV spot unveiled for G.I. Joe: Retaliation below:
Whereas the previous Retaliation TV spots were solely focused on the film’s big set pieces and establishing Roadblock as the new de facto leader of the Joe team, we actually get some plot material in this new promo. The script for Retaliation was devised by Zombieland duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, so that bodes well for the sequel’s ability to deliver a more captivating story than the first G.I. Joe flick offered (to go along with the improvements in casting and action style).
G.I. Joe: Retaliation arrives in U.S. theaters on June 29th, 2012.