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8-bit Justice League photo
8-bit Justice League

Zack Snyder's Justice League gets an 8-bit trailer (more like 16-bit)


Also with a nod to JLU
Sep 19
// Hubert Vigilla
Zack Snyder has been pretty good about hyping his Justice League movie on Twitter lately. In the last week he's released an image of Batman's tactical batsuit and a first look at J. K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. The bigg...
J.K. Simmons as Gordon photo
J.K. Simmons as Gordon

First look at J. K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon in Justice League from #BatmanDay


Zack Snyder loves the Twitter
Sep 18
// Hubert Vigilla
A while back we reported that J. K. Simmons was cast as Commissioner Gordon in Zack Snyder's Justice League. Principle photography has reached the homestretch in the reportedly hopeful and optimistic superhero film, and Snyde...
New Batman suit photo
New Batman suit

Zack Snyder reveals new Ben Affleck Batman suit as Justice League nears completion


DO YOU COPY WATCHMEN? YOU WILL!
Sep 14
// Hubert Vigilla
Zack Snyder is in the homestretch of principle photography on Justice League, which comes out next year. Ben Affleck recently wrapped filming and will likely move on to his solo Batman movie, which will pit the Dark Knight against hunky Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke. As a tease of what's to come, Zack Snyder took to Twitter and released an image of a new Batman suit. Here's Zack Snyder's tweet:
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The Flash, you kidder
Big things happening today for the DC Cinematic Universe. In addition to the Wonder Woman trailer at San Diego Comic-Con, here's your first taste of Zack Snyder's Justice League movie. It seems goofier and more lighthearted t...


Boss v Batman v Superman photo
Boss v Batman v Superman

The Boss edges out Batman v Superman at the box office


Tony Danza v Bruce Springsteen
Apr 11
// Hubert Vigilla
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice would inevitably drop to second place at the box office--such is the law of diminishing returns--yet who would have predicted that Melissa McCarthy's The Boss would knock the boys out? The B...
Batman v Superman drop photo
Batman v Superman drop

Batman v Superman drops 68.4% at box office in second weekend


Stiff competition from God's Not Dead 2
Apr 04
// Hubert Vigilla
After setting major records during its opening weekend with $420 million worldwide, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had a rough second week. The film suffered a second-week drop of 68.4%. Most movies experience a drop in w...
Fire Zack Snyder petition photo
Fire Zack Snyder petition

Angry nerds start petition to fire Zack Snyder from future DC movies


Oh, you silly dorks
Mar 31
// Hubert Vigilla
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is divisive, garnering harsh reviews (e.g., our negative take on the film) as well as splitting fan reaction. Still, Zack Snyder's film made a lot of money in its opening weekend. It's ...

Batman v Superman: Wonder Woman could have been more heroic if the guys weren't such meatheads (MAJOR SPOILERS)

Mar 28 // Hubert Vigilla
In the climactic final battle of Batman v Superman, the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight set aside their differences because their mothers have the same first name. (Yes, it's silly, I know.) These BFFs now have to do battle with Doomsday, who was created by Lex Luthor because of some flimsy third-act motivation. Wonder Woman shows up to help out, having spent most of the movie as a side character who appears at high society gatherings. Why does she do this? The screenwriters really don't care and instead distract you with wanton violence and revealing evening wear. Wonder Woman is a highly capable warrior. She dukes it out with Doomsday like a Greek hero of old. All grace and aplomb, she barely breaks a sweat. When Doomsday hits her halfway across an uninhabited island, Wonder Woman gets up, grins, and then goes back to fighting. She's unfazed, and she even relishes the challenge before her. Finally, after two hours of watching brooding dudes brood, we see a superhero who likes being heroic and acts like a superhero. Doomsday is only weak against kryptonite, and Batman has used most of his kryptonite gas bombs in his fight with Superman. The last bit of kryptonite is a kryptonite spear that Batman made. Lois Lane nearly drowns trying to retrieve the spear from the bottom of a pool, though how she knows Doomsday is weak against kryptonite is anyone's guess since she's not in the thick of battle. (She also threw the spear in the pool earlier. Whoops. Yeah, it's silly.) Superman saves Lois Lane and gets the spear. While Wonder Woman has Doomsday restrained with her lasso, Superman charges at Doomsday, stabs him with the spear, but gets stabbed back in the process. Superman dies. If you're like me, your're probably asking this: Why didn't Superman ask Wonder Woman to use the kryptonite spear? (You're also probably asking why they'd kill off Superman in just his second movie. Yeah, it's silly.) Given, Superman in these Snyder DC movies is a big, dumb meathead, but surely he saw how Wonder Woman was able to go toe-to-toe with Doomsday and not get hurt much. Surely he noticed she has melee weapon training using a sword and a shield; she even chopped off one of Doomsday's arms. Most importantly, she looks like she's not weak against kryptonite. Superman, by contrast, holds that kryptonite spear with a look on his face that says, "I think I have food poisoning." It just makes sense for Superman to take 10 seconds and say, "Hey, this spear tip is that monster's only weakness. I'll hold this lasso while you go kill him. Thanks. I'm Clark, by the way." But no, instead he decides to sacrifice his life for the planet because Jesus complex. What a perfect movie for Easter weekend. Or, alternatively, Superman could have also thrown the spear. But again, Superman is a dummy in these movies, which makes sense since it seems like Snyder and his screenwriters kind of hate Superman. They love Batman the homicidal maniac, though. The way Wonder Woman is semi-sidelined in this fight seems totally shortsighted on the part of her brothers in arms (and the screenwriters), but it's par for the course if you're a female character in Batman v Superman. For the most part they're props that help move the plot along. Lois Lane is a constant damsel in distress. She's pretty much helpless any time she gets into trouble, and always relies on Superman for help rather than being able to do anything herself. Part of the reason that Batman and Superman fight each other is because Lex Luthor has kidnapped Clark's mom. Superman saves Lois Lane every time he hears her in trouble, but for some reason he doesn't hear his own mom getting kidnapped by goons in SUVs. Keep in mind that this is the same Superman who went into a murderous rage in Man of Steel when Zod threatened his mom and he heard her scream from halfway across the country. (Yeah, it's silly.) Here's another damsel in distress. In Batman v Superman, women typically have to be saved rather than do any saving themselves. So Wonder Woman shows up and her first act in full costume is to save Batman from being burnt to a crisp. She then proceeds to outclass the boys in the combat department. She's so good at what she does that Max Landis will probably put out a video calling her a Mary Sue this week. If Superman gave Wonder Woman that spear, it seems like she would deal the deathblow to Doomsday in 15 seconds and do it like she's Legolas in Lord of the Rings. But no. She's maybe the most heroic person in the movie, but she can't be the person who saves the day. To be fair, Wonder Woman doesn't have her name in the title, but still, you know what I'm getting at. Batman v Superman is a movie about men so obsessed with the glory of their blunt violence that they can't even think straight for a second. Superman wants to hold his spear until the bitter end rather than let a girl hold it. Come to think of it, a man dumbly holding his spear is probably the best image I can think of to represent this movie.
Wonder Woman v Meatheads photo
Wonder Woman v Meatheads
If you read our review of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know I didn't like the movie. There were many problems with structure and pacing, and while the performances were generally good for what they were, I didn't l...

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice makes $424 million worldwide [UPDATED]

Mar 28 // Hubert Vigilla
[embed]220446:42876:0[/embed] The supposed worry on the part of Warner Bros execs may extend to the creative end of things. Without getting into spoilers, Batman v Superman sets up a lot of story threads for the 2017 and 2019 Justice League films. The movie teases a major threat that puts the heroes of the DC universe in great peril, and also a major problem that potentially puts the DC heroes at a disadvantage. Justice League starts shooting on April 11th with Snyder on to direct parts 1 and 2. It'll be interesting to see in what direction they take this story. If Dawn of Justice tries to do two or three movies worth of stuff in 2.5 hours, the Justice League films may similarly be trying to put four or five movies worth of material into just two films.  Batman v Superman also makes me wonder about Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman, two of the nine slated DC movies coming out through 2020. I wonder how the stories in those films will touch on the various elements that Dawn of Justice introduces. Ben Affleck may also be working on a solo Batman movie with writer Geoff Johns, and it makes me wonder what that will be like given the characterization of Batman in this film. It might be a couple years away given how crowded the DC movie schedule looks at the moment. Did you see Batman v Superman over the weekend? What did you think? Let us know in the comments. [via Coming Soon]
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Biggest superhero opening of all time
[UPDATE: According to The Hollywood Reporter, the total worldwide gross is actually $420.1 million. The final domestic gross for opening weekend was $166.1 million, slightly lower than the original gross estimate.] Batman v S...

Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Mar 25 // Hubert Vigilla
[embed]220419:42868:0[/embed] Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeDirector: Zack SnyderRating: PG-13Release Date: March 25, 2016 Zack Snyder and screenwriters David Goyer and Chris Terrio were given an impossible task with this film: make a sequel to a Superman movie that introduces Lex Luthor and also introduces Batman and that also introduces Wonder Woman and--you know what?--also sets up an entire Justice League movie and cinematic universe. So much to do in 2.5 hours, no wonder the film's such a garish and unhappy mess. The film's plot involves a kryptonite sample and experimental weapon technology. It's pretty boring, to be honest, and long stretches in the middle of the film drag. The plot is just a pretext for two superheroes to punch each other really hard. While this is supposedly a Superman sequel (made by people who seem to dislike Superman), Dawn of Justice is more of a Batman movie (made by people who seem to dislike Superman). The film's opening credits even feature the umpteenth iteration of the Batman origin story, with Ben Affleck providing some overwrought narration that resembles the inner monologue of a moody 13-year-old boy. We then relive the destruction porn finale from Man of Steel from Bruce Wayne's point of view, driving through the city as the fight between Superman and Zod leads to the deaths of tens of thousands. Affleck's Batman is brooding and grim, a paranoid psychotic who brands baddies with a bat symbol when he's through with them. Criminals branded with the bat are usually beaten and murdered by their fellow inmates in prison. Gone is Batman's loose "do not kill" rule, replaced with a grim, gritty, and perhaps even gleeful bloodlust. The Batman in Dawn of Justice is more like The Punisher (with a little Rorshach thrown in). Batman stabs a guy through the chest with a knife to pin him to a wall, he machine guns goons and blows them up. Batman is a straight-up killer in this movie, a widow-maker and orphan-machine. He's not particularly heroic, or at least this is not the Batman I'd want to watch movies about or read about (of course, your mileage may vary). Superman doesn't fare much better in the heroism department, and Henry Cavill isn't given much to do but scowl while dealing with his feet of clay. Superman's trying to atone for the sins of Man of Steel (i.e., all that collateral damage), but every time he acts decisively he seems to do more harm. Superman might not always be around for everyone, and for some reason Clark Kent can't even write a simple puff peice feature about football, but any time Lois Lane (Amy Adams) is in danger, he's there in a flash. All that attention paid to his girlfriend, and yet obvious threats and dangers go by undetected. For all his high-minded moralizing, it's no wonder people think that Superman in these films is a totally arrogant jerk. Even though she's just a supporting character, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman is probably the only hero on screen that's actually heroic. She doesn't do much but stand around until the final battle of the film, but she's proactive in the fight, and tough, and even gives a wry smile during a break in the action as if to say, "This is why I keep fighting." It's a nice Amazonian touch in a movie that's otherwise so adolescent and boyish. Her brief interplay with Bruce Wayne seems like a Catwoman/Batman dynamic. Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor is a villainy villain, and he plays the great criminal mind as a neurotic twerp obsessed with power and willing to do anything to seize control. Yet he's a grating presence, and some of his scenes play more like Eiseinberg's doing a take on The Joker. The sociopath is there on the surface rather than under the surface, but this is a movie about noise and extremes, so the annoyingly superficial nature of his role, like it or not, fits with the superficial mood of Dawn of Justice. Most of the action takes place at night and resembles an ugly gray murk. Snyder keeps his camera too close to the action too much of the time, obscuring each movement into an indistinct blur. It probably plays better on a small screen, but on a big screen, it's a garbled mess. There's an exception in a kooky dream sequence mid-film that takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. During an extended take, we watch Batman, this hulking yet efficient mass of swollen delts and traps, kill people left and right using handguns and machine guns and whatever's handy. Na-na-na-na-na-na-na, Deathman! But the reason people are going to Batman v Superman is for the big showdown between our heroes. The set up is built around a contrived ticking-clock scenario, and without saying too much, Superman has an easy out of actually fighting Batman if he just took a few seconds to explain the situation. Yet Superman, like Batman, is kind of a big dumb meathead, so they fight for a couple minutes, leading to a resolution so goofy I had to suppress a giggling fit when it happened. And that's the thing about Dawn of Justice: even though it winds up taking major risks with the stories it sets up, it's ultimately silly. This is the Batman fighting Superman fan-fiction that every angsty fanboy wrote after they finished reading Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. It never aims much higher than that, and even still, it falls on its face. This might be the most expensive movie ever made, and it's crummy fan-fiction. Warner Bros is right to be worried.
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DO YOU BROOD? YOU WILL!
A few weeks ago there were rumors that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice made Warner Bros execs nervous. These rumors suggested the film would be divisive, and that the movie wasn't getting the audience responses they wanted...

Batman v Superman score photo
Batman v Superman score

Boogie down to the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice score by Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL


Do the Batusi!
Mar 18
// Hubert Vigilla
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes out next week (March 25th), and whether Warner Bros suits are worried or not so worried, the film will make a big splash at the box office. We just learned that you can listen to the entire Batman v Superman soundtrack via Spotify. The score is by venerable BWAAAAMer Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL of Mad Max: Fury Road fame. Give the score a listen below.
Batman v Superman photo
Batman v Superman

For $8,000, you can buy life-sized Ben Affleck Batman AND Henry Cavill Superman statues


Still no life-sized Michael Shannon
Mar 15
// Hubert Vigilla
Last month we mentioned that you can buy a life-sized armored Batman statue for $8,000. Well, if you have another couple grand laying around near your cabinet full of Fabergé eggs, you can now buy new life-sized statut...
Simmons as Gordon photo
Batman's the menace Gotham deserves!
One of the biggest highlights of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies was J.K. Simmons' portrayal of J. Jonah Jameson. He perfectly embodied the role, and it'll be hard for other actors to top him. News just came that Simmons will p...

Batman v Superman pics photo
Batman v Superman pics

New pics from Batman v Superman reveal the dawn of bromance


"Do you make out in the rain? YOU WILL!"
Mar 07
// Hubert Vigilla
While Warner Bros execs may be nervous about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I'm actually getting more and more excited to see the film. Given, I've been a naysayer about the grim and gritty approach that DC Comics is tak...
Justice League movie photo
With a behind-the-scenes photo
Last week we mentioned the rumors that Warner Bros is worried about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Early reactions to the film have been divisive, and given the hefty price tag of the movie, studio suits are wondering ho...

Batman v Superman rumors photo
Batman v Superman rumors

Rumor: Warner Bros is worried about Batman v Superman


Dawn of Performance Anxiety
Feb 18
// Hubert Vigilla
Warner Bros is banking a lot on Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It's meant to be a launching point for the DC Cinematic Universe, one meant to rival the mighty Marvel/Disney machine. There have been rumors t...
Batman v Superman photo
Batman v Superman

The final trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice focuses on The Dark Knight


Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na AFF-LECK!
Feb 11
// Hubert Vigilla
Here's your final official trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which mostly focuses on The Caped Crusader's mission to ensure the safety of humanity. He punches stuff real good, and even does a running reverse-bul...
Turkish Batman v Superman photo
Turkish Batman v Superman

Watch the Batman v Superman v Turkish Airlines Super Bowl TV spots


Do you bleed... or offer bonus miles?
Feb 08
// Hubert Vigilla
Even though I've been generally down on the grim and gritty tone of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, these two Super Bowl TV spots were lots of kooky fun. It's a little bit of levity in a dour world of adolescent power fan...
Life-sized Batman photo
Life-sized Batman

For $8,000, you can buy a life-sized Ben Affleck Batman collectible


Batman: The Real Doll
Feb 07
// Hubert Vigilla
As the hype builds for the March 25th release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, news came in of a new movie tie-in collectible. If you have ever wanted a 1.95 meter (6'4") statue of Ben Affleck as an armored Batman, it c...
Batman v Superman photo
Batman v Superman

Batman v Superman TV spots and poster show how much our heroes hate each other


(But are secretly crushing hard)
Jan 25
// Hubert Vigilla
It's just two months until Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters, which means we're getting a steady string of TV spots until then. In the most recent two TV spots, we can see our heroes seethe in each other's presence. Batman and Superman are so into each other. Check out these new Batman v Superman TV spots below.
Batman v $uperman photo
Batman v $uperman

Batman v Superman may be most expensive movie ever made


On my planet the S means "all in"
Oct 22
// Hubert Vigilla
DC Comics and Warner Bros. are sinking a lot of money in their own cinematic universe to compete with Marvel Studios. How much exactly? Well, according to speculation from Latino Review, the current budget for Batman v Superm...
Zack Snyder's Pretty Mean photo
Zack Snyder's Pretty Mean

Zack Snyder talks up DC's movie universe, down Marvel's


Particularly unimpressed by Ant Man
Sep 11
// Alec Kubas-Meyer
Zack Snyder has an obscene amount of influence on the future of superhero cinema. Between Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman, and the eventual Justice League movie, he is pretty much single-handedly shaping what the DC filmic g...
Batman v. Superman pics photo
Batman v. Superman pics

New Batmobile and Wonder Woman costume pics from Batman v. Superman


Pics from The Licensing Expo in Vegas
Jun 09
// Hubert Vigilla
There's a bit more Superman v. Batman news today in case you haven't gotten your fix yet. In addition to the official plot synopsis for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Collider snapped some pics of the Batmobile and the ...
BvS photo
BvS

These Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice posters are badass


Apr 20
// Nick Valdez
So what did you think of that first trailer? The majority seems to swing toward apathy, but I really dug it. It looks a bit weird, more sterile than anything, but I'm hoping that'll ease up during the year. If the film can ca...
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Aqauman

First look at Jason Momoa as Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


Well...
Feb 20
// Nick Valdez
After getting our first look at Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Zack Snyder has revealed Jason Momoa's Aquaman in the upcoming, Man of Steel follow up, Batman v Superman: Dawn o...
Wonder Woman photo
Wonder Woman

First look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice


You folks don't realize how long it takes to type out that title every time
Jul 28
// Nick Valdez
After teasing for months with two pictures of Batman and a Superman with zero changes from Man of Steel, it's now Wonder Woman's time to shine. After Gal Gadot was cast as the Amazonian princess/goddess/badass in Batman v. Su...
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Snyder League

Zack Snyder to direct Justice League movie


Well...duh.
Apr 28
// Nick Valdez
While we've known about Snyder's involvement with Warner Bros' Justice League team up movie for awhile (since Man of Steel's initial release), it's finally been confirmed. You could say WB is putting all of their money on one...

Review: 300: Rise of an Empire

Mar 27 // Nick Valdez
[embed]217517:41370:0[/embed] 300: Rise of an EmpireDirector: Noam MurroRated: RRelease Date: March 7, 2014 300: Rise of an Empire runs concurrently with the events of the original 300.  As King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans fight to defend a strategic point miles away, Empire follows Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) and his Athenian naval battles against Xerxes’s right hand commander, Artemisia (Eva Green).  That’s pretty much the entire story. Like the original 300, Empire isn’t a complicated tale. Written by Zack Snyder (producer and director of the first film), it’s a point A to be Point B story with very little in the way of intelligent conflict. Fortunately, Empire does not really need something like a serviceable plot to hold it together. Empire’s intelligence comes from the intuitive way it exploits its violent imagery. Unfortunately, your entire enjoyment of Empire rests on how much you enjoy that violence. That's where the film gets a little sketchy. The attacks are filmed in the same fashion which made 300 famous, quick paced movements followed by harsh slow motion leading to a volcanic bloody finish. As entertaining as it is to see, the film does repeat itself quite a bit in this manner. It's not completely overblown, the film at least waits a few minutes before repeating the same sequence, but it's indeed noticeable after the first couple of times.  I usually prefer to avoid making comparisons to the original as it's not fair to the sequel, but it is impossible to distinguish these two from one another. While Rise of an Empire is a step above its predecessor (and is directed by Noam Murro rather than Zack Snyder), a lot of the film is essentially a film we saw already. When you strip the film to its bones, they're exactly the same. Both films feature a small group of men defending a single point, both climaxes involve the enemy leader trying to tempt the main character, both have awkward sex scenes at times where they don't make sense, and both endings involve a big rousing speech before the final battle. You can argue that most films will look similar to one another when stripped down to the bare essentials, but these two a bit too close for comfort. It's hard to get invested in this new film when so much of it feels like a retread.  I will give credit where it's due, however. One of the biggest problems I had with the original 300 was its skewed, male dominant perspective. Empire finally lets the women take center stage. In fact, Eva Green as Artemisia is one of the best women in film I've seen this year. She knows exactly how to play it. Green heartily makes up for Stapleton's lack of charisma as a lead and completely chews the hell out of the scenery. Her performance is somehow hammy, yet genuine. She commands attention in the best way possible when she's on screen in not only her performances, but her look (she gets the entire costuming budget), and in her combat scenes. Credit to Snyder's writing (honestly never though I'd get to type that in a review) which spins the one problematic sex scene into the best one liner this year.  300: Rise of an Empire is a refreshingly good time. Although it's a retread of a film we saw eight years ago and won't bring any new fans to the now existent franchise, Empire is exactly what it desires to be. Bloody, visually distinct (instead of the oranges of the first film, Empire is draped in a blue hue), simplistic, and steeped in uncomfortable amounts of male fantasy (the men notably lack the six packs and speedos of the Spartans though). But that's okay because not every film needs to reach for the stars every time.  It's odd to praise a film for aiming low and precisely hitting that mark, but meeting one's goals definitely deserves recognition. 300: Rise of an Empire isn't going to conquer and start a new empire any time soon, but the battle's worth a watch. 
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This! Is! Okay!
When a not-sequel/prequel to 300, a film that hit theaters over eight theaters ago, was first announced, I was the first to complain about how boring the whole thing looked. And as time went on, and trailers were slowly ...

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Zack Snyder is a dirty tease
UPDATE: According to Twitter, Fox's next X-Men movie is titled X-Men: Apocalypse and is releasing May 27, 2016. No other details have been released at the moment. Original story below. Are somewhat obscure Tweets a valid news...

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300: Rise of a Meh-pire

Second trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire sure does exist


Dec 05
// Nick Valdez
For the three of you still interested to see what the not-prequel/sequel to 300, 300: Rise of an Empire, will bring to the table, this second trailer for the film sure will probably interest you...maybe. After a delay from l...

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