in 1998, comic book fans lost it over Frank Miller’s epic and unapologetically twisted version of the historic Battle of Thermopylae. Just when fans thought it couldn’t get any more epic, the now iconic 2007 movie 300 pretty much changed the way Hollywood made action movies based on historical events. The huge success of this film led to a 2014 sequel called 300: Rise of an Empire. With Frank Miller releasing his own comic-book sequel to 300 this year, fans are asking whether there will be a third 300 film to make a Spartan trilogy.
Ever since 300: Rise of an Empire there have been rumors of a third film. In 2014 actor Sullivan Stapleton talked to Deadline about the numerous possibilities of more films. The 300: Rise of an Empire star had this to say: “As for the sequel, it’s a huge story… And those battles between the Greeks and Persians went on for years and years. I hope to God we do another sequel.
” Unfortunately 300: Rise of an Empire was met with disappointment. However, even a terrible sequel wasn’t enough to kill the hunger for glorified Spartan violence, as evidenced by the different merchandise, video games, TV adaptations, and the recent release of a new Frank Miller comic – all based on the war between the Greeks and Persians. 20 years after the release of the original source material, and 12 years after the Zack Snyder film, the creators of the movies don’t need to say much in order to raise online fervor about a third film.
Adding fuel to the fire is a 2016 Collider interview with Zack Snyder, who talked about the possibility of a third movie in the works. He revealed that he’s looking into a way to create a more interesting incarnation of 300, “…possibly, we move out of Ancient Greece and use it as a framing device for other conflicts… we talked about the Revolutionary War version… the Alamo… a battle in China… any of those kinds of things are on the table.
“ While an American Revolutionary War movie featuring 300’s signature camera technique would no doubt be interesting, we can’t help but think that it would be wiser to stick to the franchise’s most powerful selling point: the mythical bravery of the Spartan soldier. 300 was the ultimate action film and has become one of the most defining pieces cinema in the past two decades. It’s why Gerard Butler is still out there making movies as one of Hollywood’s top action heroes, appearing in films like London Has Fallen which we reviewed here.
It’s why both comic book and film fans are excited about Frank Miller’s new graphic novel, Xerxes – the long overdue sequel to the original 300 comic. And these are just the mainstream byproducts of the glorified Spartan history.
Dig a little deeper and you can even find some recent video games that still revolve around the franchise: Warner Bros’ 300: Seize your Glory is a third-person action game based on 300: Rise of an Empire – playable on any Android smartphone. Foxy Bingo’s 300 Shields is an online slot game that uses Spartan symbols and lots of other imagery from the movies that fans will be familiar with. It is fair to say that the Spartan warriors have become as iconic and recognizable in pop culture as cowboys and superheroes.
In every medium of mainstream entertainment you’ll find the brave Spartan soldier (or some version of him) hacking away at enemy limbs with a heirloom shield in hand. Given the continued popularity and interest in the comics, films, and historic battle, it would be foolish for Hollywood not to make one more film and complete the 300 trilogy.