The new banner for '300: Rise of an Empire' provides an important service for everyone involved in the production: it reminds the public that a sequel to Zack Snyder's '300' actually exists and is coming to theaters sometime in 2013. For a film that's supposed to come out at the tail end of this summer, things have been awfully quiet. What the heck's going on with this movie?

Truth be told, it's nothing special. It's that same bloody-splattery font from the 2007 original, but with the subtitle scrawled below it. And it's in the rain, because nothing says "Frank Miller Spartan War Epic" like bloody words floating in a rain storm.

Although '300: Rise of an Empire' was originally announced as a prequel that would center on Rodrigo Santoro's Xerxes (the villain in the first film), the project has evolved into the story of Themistocle, a Greek general who combated Xerxes' forces separately but simultaneously as the three hundred Spartan soldiers depicted in the first movie. We'd reference some actual history here, but we're sure that the movie has little to no regard for actual history (although that's not necessarily a bad thing in this hyper-stylized series). In any case, it's movie that took them six years to make, which could either be great news (they took their time!) or terrible news (no one knows what they're doing!).

'300: Rise of an Empire' is still scheduled to open on August 2nd, but the lack of a specific release date on the banner makes us wonder if that will soon change.

300 Rise of an Empire Banner
Warner Bros.