300 prequel in the works!

by wfgodbold

Frank Miller is working on a follow up to his graphic novel 300.  The movie adaptation was great, and hopefully Zack Snyder will get first crack at the adaptation of Miller’s new work.

Xerxes hasn’t even been published in comic book form yet, and it’s already generating criticism that 300 didn’t get until after it released to theaters.

That this would be a sensitive topic isn’t surprising.  Frank Miller was inspired by The 300 Spartans, a Cold War era film that drew blatant parallels between the Spartans/Persians and Americans/Soviets; I think there was even some text at the beginning or end of the movie making it plain.

I don’t know that the film adaptation of 300 was written in such a way as to make explicit parallels between the war on terror and the Persian wars (the graphic novel came out in ’98, after all), but Zack Snyder couldn’t have been ignorant of how it would appear.

On the other hand, he might not have cared.  300 grossed $450 million on a $70 million budget, and was arguably pro-western civilization and anti-middle eastern.  Contrast this with Redacted, another 2007 film, but viciously anti-American.  It grossed $779 thousand on a $5 million budget.

Historian Victor Davis Hanson liked the first movie, and noted that while parallels between then and now are easy to draw and perhaps trite, the historians of the day saw things in much the same way:

If critics think that 300 reduces and simplifies the meaning of Thermopylae into freedom versus tyranny, they should reread carefully ancient accounts and then blame Herodotus, Plutarch, and Diodorus – who long ago boasted that Greek freedom was on trial against Persian autocracy, free men in superior fashion dying for their liberty, their enslaved enemies being whipped to enslave others.

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