First Trailer for 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE

It was hard to decide when Warner Bros. moved the sequel to Zack Snyder's breakout film 300, 300: Rise of an Empire, from this August to next March whether that was due to something having to do with the production or the quality. As we have received the first and more extensive first trailer today it seems there is something to believe in here and shifting the release from a late Summer, easily disregarded date to match the release of the original in that now coveted first weekend of March might mean good things for audiences who enjoyed the first film. As a 20 year-old male I dug the highly stylized action and as a film student found the film visually striking. Though it also is one of the finest examples of style over substance there is plenty to enjoy and looking back on it six years later it holds up rather well. The trailer is no doubt debuting so far ahead of its release date to the fact Snyder was a producer this time around and his latest,a little film you may have heard of called Man of Steel, is opening this weekend. Lena Headey (Queen Gorgo from the first film) narrates most of the trailer here as the story is said to take place around the same time as the battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. Based on Frank Millers latest graphic novel "Xerxes" and directed by Noam Murro (Smart People) we follow Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton of Animal Kingdom) as he leads an army against Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) as they take to the high seas that leads to a confrontation with Artemisia (Eva Green) the commander of the Persian navy. The visual style seems to be intact and the battle scenes look to be as blood-splatteringly graphic as those we witnessed under Snyder's helm. I wasn't expecting much from this sequel that probably should have come along much sooner if it was going to capitalize on the momentum of the first, but given the trailer looks much better than I expected and I'm interested to see how this turns out. What do you think? Will it have been worth the wait? Hit the jump to check out the trailer and let me know what you think. 300: Rise of an Empire opens on March 7, 2014.

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