Wrath of the Titans (2012)


Introduction

Wrath of the Titans is a 2012 action fantasy film and a sequel to the 2010 film Clash of the Titans.

Wrath of the Titans takes place a decade after the events of the preceding film as the gods lose control over the imprisoned Titans (thanks to humanity’s lack of prayers which also is draining their immortality) and Perseus is called, this time to rescue his father Zeus, overthrow the Titans, and save mankind.

Refer to Clash of the Titans film series.

Outline

Perseus, the demigod son of Zeus, now lives as a fisherman with his young son Heleus, after the death of his wife Io. Zeus visits Perseus and asks for his help, saying that humans are not praying to the gods; as a result, the gods are losing their power and becoming mortal, meaning they can no longer sustain the walls of Tartarus which are holding back the imprisoned Titan Kronos from freedom. Perseus, valuing his family’s safety, refuses to get involved.

Zeus meets his brothers Hades and Poseidon and his son Ares in Tartarus. He asks Hades’s help in rebuilding Tartarus’s walls, but Hades rejects the offer and attacks Zeus. Ares too, having decided to betray Zeus, attacks his father. Poseidon is fatally injured in the ensuing fight. Hades and Ares imprison Zeus, stealing his thunderbolt. They plan to make a deal with Kronos; in exchange for remaining immortal, they will drain Zeus’s divine power to revive Kronos. The walls of Tartarus break, unleashing monsters onto the world.

After killing a two-headed Chimera that attacked his village, Perseus travels to meet his father. He instead finds a dying Poseidon who informs him of the circumstances and tells him to find his demigod son Agenor, who will lead him to Hephaestus, who knows the way into Tartarus. Poseidon then gives Perseus his trident and succumbs to his injuries. Perseus, Andromeda and Agenor set out to find Hephaestus on a hidden island.

Agenor explains that Hephaestus created three weapons which Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon wield: Zeus’s thunderbolt, Hades’s pitchfork, and Poseidon’s trident, which can jointly form the Spear of Trium, the only weapon that can defeat Kronos. After an encounter with three 30 ft. Cyclopes, the travelers eventually meet the now-mortal Hephaestus and reach the entrance of a labyrinth leading to Tartarus. Hephaestus sacrifices himself during an attack by Ares to enable Perseus, Andromeda, and Agenor to enter the labyrinth. Once inside the labyrinth they encounter a minotaur that attacks them, but Perseus manages to kill it.

The group eventually enters Tartarus. Meanwhile, Zeus has been almost entirely drained of power as Kronos awakens. Zeus apologizes to Hades for banishing him to the underworld and asks his forgiveness, as he has forgiven Hades for his actions. Hades decides to help Zeus and stop Kronos in contrast to Ares, who still wants to proceed to the former’s revival. Perseus arrives and frees Zeus. Ares wounds Zeus with Hades’ pitchfork, allowing Perseus to obtain it before he and the others escape Tartarus with Zeus.

Aiming to retrieve Zeus’ thunderbolt from Ares in order to defeat Kronos, Perseus challenges him to a duel. Meanwhile, Andromeda’s army is overwhelmed by the Makhai. Hades revives Zeus and together they defeat the creatures. Kronos appears and begins to attack Andromeda’s army. Zeus and Hades hold off Kronos while Perseus duels Ares, eventually killing him with the thunderbolt. Combining the gods’ weapons into the Spear of Trium, Perseus destroys Kronos by traveling to his heart and throwing the spear into it.

Zeus reconciles with Perseus and then dies of his wounds. Hades leaves, telling Perseus that he is now powerless. Perseus kisses Andromeda, and Heleus tells his father that he wants to return to his life as a fisherman, but Perseus tells him they can’t. Perseus encourages Heleus to be proud of himself, as he is the son of Perseus and the grandson of Zeus. The film ends with Perseus giving his sword to Heleus.

Cast

  • Sam Worthington as Perseus, the demigod son of Zeus, who defeated the Kraken and saved humanity; Zeus enlists Perseus’ help in order to defeat the Titan Kronos. None of Perseus’ adventures in the film are based on mythological sources.
  • Liam Neeson as Zeus, the king of the gods as well as the god of the sky, lightning and thunder. Also Perseus’ father.
  • Ralph Fiennes as Hades, the god of the underworld and the dead. Hades is a brother of Zeus who resents his brother for having been appointed lord of the underworld.
  • Rosamund Pike as Andromeda, who was saved by Perseus when she was a princess; now crowned Queen of Argos, she joins Perseus in his quest to defeat Kronos. Pike replaced Alexa Davalos in the role, due to a scheduling conflict. In classical mythology, Andromeda was a princess of Aethiopia, who marries Perseus after he saves her from the sea monster Cetus.
  • Toby Kebbell as Agenor, the demigod son of Poseidon; he joins Perseus in his quest to defeat Kronos. The character is only very loosely based on the mythological Agenor, son of Poseidon and Libya, who was King of Tyre in Phoenicia.
  • Bill Nighy as Hephaestus, god of metalworkers and blacksmiths who forged of the gods’ weapons. He was called the “Fallen One” for taking Hades’ side in a family dispute.
  • Édgar Ramírez as Ares, the god of war and violence, who betrays his father Zeus to join Hades.
  • Danny Huston as Poseidon, the god of the sea, Agenor’s father. Huston had also played Poseidon in one scene in the previous film.

Lily James appears as Korrina, a female warrior from Argos, while Matt Milne plays another Argive soldier. Alejandro Naranjo plays the Argive general Mantius.

John Bell plays Helius, the young son of Perseus and Io. In classical Greek mythology, Helius was one of the sons of Perseus and Andromeda; not Io who lived hundreds of years before Perseus and was actually one of his ancestors.

Sinead Cusack plays the local healer and teacher Clea.

The Minotaur is performed by Spencer Wilding, with Martin Bayfield motion-captured the oldest of the three cyclopes, who are based on the mythological cyclopes Arges, Steropes, and Brontes, who assisted Hephaestes.

Production

Talks of a sequel to Clash of the Titans began as early as March 2010. Tamer Hassan, who played Ares in the first film, stated at the film’s world premiere that, “They want this one to do well so they can go ahead with the sequel, Return of the Gods”. In April 2010 it was reported that director Louis Leterrier would not return to direct, but would be an executive producer on the second instalment. The report also stated that Sam Worthington was on board and that Greg Berlanti would write the story.

In June 2010, Warner Bros. hired screenwriters David Leslie Johnson and Dan Mazeau to write the screenplay, with Basil Iwanyk returning as the producer. Rather than being converted to 3D, it was announced that the sequel would be filmed in 3D. In August 2010, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Jonathan Liebesman had signed a deal to direct the sequel.

In September 2010, director Jonathan Liebesman confirmed that Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Ralph Fiennes, and Liam Neeson would be returning. However, Arterton did not reprise her role for unknown reasons, leaving her character, Io, dead in the film, which means the sequel must have been directed with the original intended ending for the first film which did not see her revived, as was the case with the final cut. In December 2010, Neeson revealed that the film would be titled Wrath of the Titans and that filming was expected to begin next March.

In January 2011, it was reported that Édgar Ramírez and Toby Kebbell were in negotiations to play Ares and Agenor respectively. It was also reported that Bill Nighy was being courted to play Hephaestus. Additionally, Hayley Atwell was on the shortlist of actresses screen testing for the role of Andromeda, played in the previous film by Alexa Davalos who left due to a scheduling conflict. Other actresses being considered for Andromeda included Georgina Haig, Janet Montgomery, Dominique McElligott, and Clémence Poésy.

In February 2011, it was reported that Rosamund Pike was near a deal for the part. Also in February, Liebesman announced that Wrath of the Titans would be converted to 3D rather than shot in 3D as previously reported despite the negative criticism the first Clash of the Titans received for its use of post-conversion 3D. Liebesman explained, “I think what you have to remember is the first film was neither shot nor edited with 3D in mind. It was shot as a 2D movie and edited as a 2D film, and they decided to convert it with six or seven weeks to go until release, which is insane; the technology was not there. That’s why we’re conceiving it from the start, from the ground up, in 3D, editing in 3D for 3D.” Liebesman also stated the reason behind the conversion was because he wants to shoot on film, which will give the film’s imagery better texture than he would get shooting digitally.

Principal photography began on 23 March 2011. Filming took place in studios outside London and later shot on location in Surrey, South Wales and in the Canary Islands on the island of Tenerife and Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia.

Release

Wrath of the Titans premiered on March 26, 2012 at the AMC Lincoln Square Theatre in New York City. Warner Bros. Pictures released the film in theatres in the United States on 30 March 2012.

Home Media

Wrath of the Titans was released on Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on 26 June 2012.

Box Office

Wrath of the Titans earned $83.6 million in North America and $221.6 million internationally for a worldwide total of $301 million, less than the $493 million grossed by its predecessor. The film was co-financed by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures for $150 million, about $25 million more than it cost to produce the original. It debuted day-and-date in 61 markets worldwide sans Japan and delivered a global opening of $110.3 million.

In the United States and Canada, the film was released in a total of 3,545 theatres with 2,900 3D locations (4,400 3D screens), and 290 IMAX locations. Initially, it was projected open around with $35-40 million. It opened Friday, 30 March 2012 with $1 million from midnight screenings in 1,490 theatres. The film went on to earn $34.2 million in North America over the weekend, finishing in second place behind The Hunger Games which was playing its second weekend. The opening was over half of the original’s $61.2 million debut. It played well in IMAX representing $4.7 million of the total weekend’s gross. The follow-up attracted a large male contingent on its opening weekend with 66%. Roughly 65% of the moviegoers – about 55% of whom were over the age of 25 – saw the film in 3D.

Cancelled Sequel

Following the film’s release, a second sequel, called Revenge of the Titans, was in the pipeline. However, due to Wrath’s disappointing critical reception and box office returns, the project was later shelved. In May 2013, Worthington stated he did not think a third film would be made. In December 2013, producer Basil Iwanyk confirmed the sequel was not happening due to a lack of fresh ideas for the script.

Trivia

  • Gemma Arterton (Io from Clash of the Titans (2010)) was originally supposed to return, but scheduling conflicts with Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) prevented the actress from taking the role.
    • The character was written out, as having died, rather than being re-cast, as Andromeda was.
  • The movie takes place 10 years after the previous one.
  • Hephaestus is seen conversing with Bubo, the mechanical owl from Clash of the Titans (1981).
  • Bill Nighy, who plays Hephaestus, when recognising Perseus, says “Release the Kraken”.
    • Nighy plays “Davy Jones” in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) and says the same thing.
  • In preparation for her role as Andromeda, Rosamund Pike was instructed by director Jonathan Liebesman to study Mel Gibson’s William Wallace in Braveheart (1995), not fellow Bond girl Sophie Marceau’s Princess Isabelle as she’d naturally, though wrongly, anticipated.
  • Just like the two previous versions of Clash of the Titans, this film also features a former James Bond Girl.
    • Clash of the Titans (1981) had Ursula Andress from Dr. No (1962), Clash of the Titans (2010) had Gemma Arterton from Quantum of Solace (2008), and this sequel has Rosamund Pike from Die Another Day (2002).

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Jonathan Liebesman.
  • Producer(s):
    • Kevin de la Noy … executive producer.
    • Basil Iwanyk … producer.
    • Jon Jashni … executive producer.
    • Polly Johnsen … producer.
    • Louis Leterrier … executive producer.
    • Callum McDougall … executive producer.
    • Thomas Tull … executive producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • Dan Mazeau … (screenplay).
    • David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick … (screenplay) (as David Leslie Johnson).
    • Greg Berlanti … (story).
    • David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick … (story) (as David Leslie Johnson).
    • Dan Mazeau … (story).
  • Music:
    • Javier Navarrete.
  • Cinematography:
    • Ben Davis.
  • Editor(s):
    • Martin Walsh.
  • Production:
    • Warner Bros. (presents).
    • Legendary Entertainment (in association with).
    • Cott Productions.
    • Furia de Titanes II, A.I.E.
    • Thunder Road Pictures (as Thunder Road Film).
    • Sur-Film (Service Production Company: Canary Islands).
  • Distributor(s):
    • Warner Bros. (2012) (USA) (theatrical).
    • Warner Bros. (2012) (UK) (theatrical).
    • 20th Century Fox (2012) (Sweden) (theatrical).
    • Village Films (2012) (Greece) (theatrical).
    • Warner Bros. (2012) (Argentina) (theatrical).
    • Warner Bros. (2012) (Belgium) (theatrical).
    • Warner Bros. (2012) (Brazil) (theatrical).
    • Warner Bros. (2012) (Canada) (theatrical).
    • Warner Bros. (2012) (France) (theatrical).
    • Warner Bros. (2012) (Germany) (theatrical).
    • Warner Bros. (2012) (Japan) (theatrical).
    • Warner Bros. (2012) (Netherlands) (theatrical).
    • Warner Bros. (2012) (Singapore) (theatrical).
    • Westec Media Limited (2012) (Cambodia) (theatrical).
    • 7Mate (2019-) (Australia) (TV).
    • Film1 (2014) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited).
    • HBO Max (2020) (USA) (video) (VOD).
    • Home Box Office (HBO) (2013) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited).
    • MediaPro Distribution (2012) (Romania) (all media).
    • Veronica (2014) (Netherlands) (TV).
    • Warner Home Video (2012) (Germany) (Blu-ray).
    • Warner Home Video (2012) (Germany) (DVD).
    • Warner Home Video (2012) (Netherlands) (Blu-ray).
    • Warner Home Video (2012) (Netherlands) (DVD).
    • Warner Home Video (2012) (USA) (DVD).
    • Warner Home Video (2012) (USA) (Blu-ray) (DVD).
  • Release Date: 28 March 2012 (Buenos Aires, Premiere).
  • Running Time: 99 minutes.
  • Rating: 12A.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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