If I were Irish, I’d say, “More like Gods of EEJIT, am I right lads?” I was cynical enough to think that after the whole mini-brouhaha about most of the “Egyptian” god being white guys, the new trailer would be all Chadwick Boseman, all the time.
Instead, they’ve gone to something far more familiar – Gerard Butler in a red cape yelling all his lines like he’s Leonidas again, in his very un-Egyptian Scottish accent (well hell, it’s not like it ever sounded Greek either). Since Leonidas [EIGHT YEAR-OLD SPOILER!] died in that film and couldn’t come back for the semi-sequel, I guess it was inevitable that another classical civilization mythology might try to scoop him up.
None of which distracts from the fact that the green-screening and CGI still looks like it’s not actually interacting with the performers in any real way at all. With only two months left to polish that, I can’t imagine it’s going to be drastically better come release day. Still, when every other trailer for a 2016 movie threatens to blot out the sun, you have to fight in the shade, or something.
I hope for a visual feast. I fear my eyes shall dine in hell. Though if this somehow is a hit, expect Hasbro to suddenly add Silverhawks to their “cinematic universe” plans.
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist