‘Wrath of the Titans’ Trailer: Gritty Fantasy Violence & Actual Titans

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When Battle: Lost Angeles director Jonathan Liebesman was brought on to helm Warner Bros.’ Wrath of the Titans, a sequel to the 2010 Clash of the Titans remake, he expressed a desire to fashion the mythological sequel as more of a truly grounded, down n’ dirty swords & sandals epic (in the vein of filmmaker Ridley Scott’s Gladiator).

Today, we have some official posters/banners and a teaser trailer for Wrath of the Titans – and while they both feature CGI creatures and bombastic action aplenty, there’s definitely a much more textural and unpolished look to this action-packed first look at the film (which even includes actual Titans).

Here is the official lowdown on the Wrath of the Titans, which takes place a decade after the events of Clash:

Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus (Liam Neeson), Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston). The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld.

Perseus (Sam Worthington) cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth. Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.

Now check out the official Wrath of the Titans trailer below (NOTE: you’ll have to watch it on iTunes for the time being) and some official promotional banners/posters for the sequel below:

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Head over to Apple.com for the HD version

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Liebesman seems to have embraced a (literally) dirtier aesthetic with Wrath of the Titans; everything from Zeus’ onetime shimmering armor to the muted color scheme of the ancient Greek setting in this theatrical promo looks and feels much more grizzled in design, despite the abundance of (surprisingly imaginative) digital monsters parading about. Even the brief bits of acting featured here seem somewhat more understated and “authentic” than the often-hammy performances that pervaded throughout the critically-derided Clash of the Titans remake.

While Battle: Los Angeles failed to wow many a professional critic and casual moviegoer alike, that film was overall pretty well-directed (its failings were arguably due more to a weak script). This time around, Liebesman will be working from a screenplay that features contributions from people like Green Lantern story writer Greg Berlanti, Orphan and Red Riding Hood scribe David Leslie Johnson, and Oscar-nominee Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises); hopefully, that motley crew has provided their director with better material to work with.

Lastly – based on the steady-handed cinematography and slower-paced editing (ignoring the trailer’s cuts, that is) in this preliminary Wrath footage, the film should actually look decent in three dimensions… or, at the least, far better than the infamously subpar post-converted 3D version of Clash did.

We will see if that is indeed the case when Wrath of the Titans hits 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on March 30th, 2012.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. Does anyone else think the Manson song was completely wrong for this? I haven’t read any of the comments so I apologize if this was brought up already. I know it’s just a trailer but the music threw me off so much that I had to watch it twice. It does look like an improvement from the 1st film but I guess that’s not saying much because I couldn’t even finish the 1st.

    • Yes, I had the exact same thought. This is a faux period piece so using contemporary music (even if it was just for the trailer) felt wrong. If they do this in the actual movie I will NOT be seeing it. It worked for “A Knights Tale” in an odd sort of way but not here.

      • The worst thing about “A Knights Tale” was the music. It did not fit. I am hoping the music for this trailer stays with the trailer. It will not work in the movie IMHO.

    • “Its all wrong! OMG its completely wrong! They cannot use contemporary music in a movie trailer! Its just not possible! The world is going to end, and our children will grow up without a God like father! We must protest to the fake Gods!” ~ Kevin7 & Mongoose

      Its a movie.

      • Marcus, I at no point did I say it was the end of the world. In a comment section where one comments in what they thought about a movie trailer I commented.

        It’s a comment.

        • I don’t get how this is supposed to be a period piece. Does anyone else notice that the focus of their trailers are THE ACTION?? They are ACTION MOVIES, not dramatic historic tales, get over it. Everything doesn’t need to be super dramatic John Woo style slow-mo over dramatic classical music to be wannabe “sophisticated” and artsy. They are advertising this as an action-packed thrill ride, that’s their aim, and the music fits, just like the rock music in the first movie’s trailer…

          When they start marketting this movie as a dramatic period piece in contention of the academy awards, then we’ll whip out the classical music…

  2. To it’s credit it might actually be ok because it’s not trying to reinvent an older show BUT there are things I’m still not thrilled with. One being it looks like they are using the Minotaur and replacing Thesues with Persues. Really dislike ripping the mythos apart to suit their needs.

  3. Add this to my list of anticipated movies of 2012 :). Looks like Immortals…. but better. Something about that movie looked, idk cartoony or something. This looks raw! And Sam Worthington has hair this time!

    • Agreed :)

  4. “Wrath of the Titans” will be a fun popcorn movie.

  5. Looks like a good flick cant wait.

  6. Looks cool, but Sweet Dreams is way overused.

  7. Looks not bad hopefully better then the first

  8. WHERE the HELL is Io and Andromeda isn’t even played by the SAME GIRL!! No thank you I think I’ll skip this one.

  9. I agree with a lot of what pelasgian wrote. However, despite that I liked both Immortals and the Clash remake a lot – and about equally. Immortals is pretentious camp while Clash is action-adventure cheese. Immortals looks better but Clash is more fun. It’s amusing that Tarsem would look down his nose at Clash when of the two Immortals actually has hokier dialogue and is more about design fetishism than Greek mythology, the reverse of Clash. Still, both are miles better than Percy Jackson (perhaps not a fair comparison; Tom Hardy’s Minotaur is better than Percy) and much more entertaining than most movies Hollywood puts out.

  10. the first installment disappoints me coz they did not stick to greek mythology, louis letterier destroy the classic 1981…not fault of those actors…Io is not part of persues life it was andromeda,i like gemma atherton but her charcter makes andromeda useless coz persues like Io, he leave her at the end of the movie which is shock to viewers….wrath of the titans at least andromeda will playing bigger role and hopefully will end up with persues, sorry Io will not return she is a distract to persues & andromeda.. hope the sequel will change the mistakes of the first one. I am a fan of sam worthington and i also like rosamund pike she was a perfect andromeda.

  11. Scene the trailer a few times. I thought the trailer was epic. As for the music, I thought it fit. Very gritty and powerful. Funny. Never thought I would give Marilyn Manson any props but there it is.

  12. Hey I just watched it streaming over at swoopfilm.com it was awesome!

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