As we approach the theatrical release of '300: Rise of an Empire' and the first reviews slowly trickle out -- with our own Mike Sampson briefly summarizing it as "equal parts legitimately good, legitimately bad and so-bad-it's-good" -- Warner Bros. unleashed a massive new look at Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton duking it out on the high seas.
Though there've been countless trailers and images for '300: Rise of an Empire' -- heck, we went to Comic-Con and even the set itself to learn more about this film -- you may still be wondering what it is all about. Is it a sequel? A prequel? A spinoff? Let's put these questions to rest as the cast and crew behind 'Rise' walks us through the story in a new behind-the-scenes featurette.
'300: Rise of an Empire' was among the many offerings from Legendary Pictures' Comic-Con 2013 panel presentations on Saturday, Jul. 20 in Hall H. Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel 'Xerxes,' the prequel to '300' was originally slated to hit theaters this August but was later moved to March 7, 2014, naturally increasing its level of mystery.
'300: Rise of an Empire' was originally one of our most-anticipated movies of the year ... that is, until Warner Bros. decided to push the release date back from Aug. 2 to Mar. 7, 2014. But while we await the coming bloodshed, the studio has dropped a new poster in anticipation of its upcoming panel at Comic-Con 2013.
Themistokles is pitted against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
You might think Zack Snyder is keeping busy, what with post-production on 'Man of Steel' and the latest trailer hitting today, but he broke a near six-month Twitter silence to tweet the debut of the first poster for '300: Rise of an Empire.' And the image definitely makes it look like the last movie, and that it is proud of its producer.
It's nearly impossible to make a sequel to '300' when you've *Spoiler alert for a five year old movie* only got a handful of surviving main characters. But when the first film made $210 Million domestically, and nearly a half a billion worldwide, it's near impossible for a studio to walk away from the property