Tuesday, July 07, 2009

'300' prequel/sequel to star Gerard Butler???

After the huge box office returns of Warner Bros. 300, there has been quite a bit of speculation about either a prequel or sequel to the Frank Miller comic book series based on the Battle of Thermopylae. If either one of these projects come to fruition, one thing is pretty certain and that is ........Gerard Butler will NOT be reprising his role as King Leonidas.

The reasons for this are quite simple!

A prequel to Thermopylae would be the Battle of Marathon which was an Athenian/Plataean victory over the Persians, 10 years earlier in 490 BCE. The Spartans arrived after the conclusion of the battle due to the strict adherence of their religious beliefs which prevented them from marching during the festival of Carneia.

The sequel would be the Battle of Plataea which was the ending scene after King Leonidas (Gerry Butler) is killed in 300, in one of the great last stands of all time.

Of course something ludicrous could be contrived (raised from the dead, for example), however, I believe that Butler has too much respect for the heroic Spartan king to be used in a money-making vehicle which makes a mockery of his death.

John Trikeriotis

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