The impending Wrath of the Titans may prove to be a worthy challenger for The Hunger Games, as far as the battle to top the box office goes next weekend. Its predecessor (the Clash of the Titans remake) was far from a critical smash, but it still managed to gross nearly half a billion dollars around the globe in 2010 - and, judging by early responses online, there's very much a crowd interested in watching a second round of mortals battling Greek monsters and gods alike.
A final extended TV spot/trailer for Wrath of the Titans has been released online. Similar to its predecessors, this promo is all about selling the film as an impressive feast of destructive eye candy, gritty action, and set pieces that should look pretty good in 3D. Whether or not you buy that marketing line, that's up to you.
Here is the new TV trailer for Wrath of the Titans (followed by a brief plot synopsis):
Perseus (Sam Worthington) cannot ignore his true calling when Hades (Ralph Fiennes), along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus (Liam Neeson). The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on Earth.
Battle Los Angeles helmer Jonathan Liebesman (who sat in the director's chair for Wrath of the Titans) looks to have done a better job of realizing the effects-heavy fantasy proceedings in a more genuinely grounded - and less cheesy - style than director Louis Leterrier managed in Clash. With regards to the quality of acting and dialogue in Wrath: it all seems serviceable enough, as far as popcorn movie fare goes.
In case you're still trying to make up your mind about seeing Wrath of the Titans - or are just in the mood to watch more CGI mythological creatures wreaking havoc - you should have a look at the recently-released monster-themed featurettes, which also includes brief interviews with various members of the film's production team. Also, be sure to check out our Wrath of the Titans Mega Prize Pack contest for a chance at winning some goodies.
Wrath of the Titans opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on March 30th, 2012.