Wrath of the Titans helmer Jonathan Liebesman (Battle Los Angeles) claims to have approached the sequel to the Clash of the Titans remake with the intention of delivering a more captivating Greek mythological epic – one with the down n’ dirty aesthetic of Gladiator – while also crafting a more compelling story than that told by its predecessor (something franchise star Sam Worthington has likewise promised in the past).

Previous trailers and TV spots for the Titans sequel have focused foremost on the film’s big selling points (set pieces, 3D effects, and action) while also making the movie look genuinely grittier in texture and overall more thrilling than that of the Titans remake. The new international trailer for Wrath of the Titans successfully continues that marketing approach.

The second Clash of the Titans installment picks up ten years after the first film, as Hades (Ralph Fiennes) conspires with Ares (Edgar Ramírez) to free the vicious Kronos and the rest of the imprisoned Titans in order to overthrow Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on Earth. Zeus’ mortal son Perseus (Worthington) must once again step forth as a savior for humankind, rescue his Godly father from the depths of the Underworld, and defeat the Titans once and for all.

Joining the older and more experienced Perseus on his new adventure is a ragtag team which includes the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son Argenor (Toby Kebbell) and the fallen God, Hephaestus (Bill Nighy).

Check out the international trailer for Wrath of the Titans:

Give Wrath of the Titans credit: it looks to deliver more impressive battle sequences and imaginative Greek monsters than its predecessor, while also upping Perseus’ credibility as a true badass warrior (wielding a bolt of lightning does that). We’ll just have to wait and find out if the script co-penned by such writers as Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern) and  David Johnson (Red Riding Hood) has enough substance too.

Yes, we know that “substance” is a secondary concern when it comes to a Clash of the Titans movie, but completely mindless popcorn entertainment tends to be pretty boring. Being able to actually care somewhat about the characters always helps to make the bombardment of violence and action onscreen more engaging.

And on a side note: who else is glad that Fiennes no longer sounds like he’s been punched in the throat while playing Hades in Wrath of the Titans? Moving on…

Wrath of the Titans opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on March 30th, 2012.

Source: Yahoo! Movies