With a crowd well over 1000 in attendance, plus press on-site, the Immortals panel was truly the highlight of Saturday’s Comic-Con, which took place in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center. Fans camped out over night to be the first in line and secure the best seats possible. When the time came, Immortals fans piled in deep, and those that did not have a bird’s eye view of the panel could watch everything on the jumbo-tron screen. Excitement ran high with anticipation to see new 3D footage of Immortals — and of course, none other than Henry Cavill.
First to take the stage was Director Tarsem Singh (The Cell) and 300 Producers Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari. Singh discussed his film and use of 3D saying “It works right now. It’ll probably date, but hey such is life.” Canton and Nunnari also insisted Immortals is not a knock off of 300 and the film can stand alone and speak for itself. Singh also said the film “is a little bit darker than what the trailers indicate.” Added Nunnari, the Greek gods are portrayed as “young and pissed!” Tarsem followed up by asking “if you were immortal, what would rather look like?”
Finally, what the fans had been eagerly waiting for occurred: the cast took the stage. Present was Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, Stephen Dorff, and Henry Cavill. The crowd’s screaming was amazing for this cast, but grew to a feverish level when Henry Cavill appeared on stage. The roar from the crowd shook the entire hall, and caused one lady to faint right out of her chair. Mickey Rourke was not present.
Though some of the actions scenes in Immortals conjures reminders of 300 with its slow motion movement and blurred-tailed imagery, the scenes are extremely vivid and full on epic: enormous tidal wave, Mickey Rourke setting someone on fire while dressed in as what resembles a dark and horrid monster mask, bodies being slammed around and blood spilling and splattering everywhere, and narration by John Hurt reveals the King Hyperion plans to release the Titans – and the crowd reacting with cheers and gasps to every moment.
Eye pleasing physiques of Lutz, Dorff (a slave to the immortal Zeus), Evans (who plays a much younger version of Zeus), and Cavill (Theseus) dominated special footage only shown in 2D, but with every angle made for 3D. By the end, the magnificent golden colored armor is blood covered and major characters will die.
Questions did arise for Henry Cavill about Man of Steel, but he remained tight lipped only saying the Man of Steel script is one of the best he has ever read. As for Cavill’s appearance, he arrived on stage in what can only be described as the part of Clark Kent: white shirt, grey dress pants, but no glasses. His physique was even greater than that shown in Immortals. For Cavill, his body fat dropped to 6% for filming Immortals, he ate little and performed a lot of cardio and trained in martial arts. For Man of Steel the focus was on building a muscular physique from the already very fit body base. Superman fans should not have concerns for Cavill filling out the Superman suit- he is definitely ready to take to the sky in spandex.
Immortals releases in the US on 11-11-11 with Man of Steel releasing 6-14-13.
Thank you to Caroline Kuvaja and Jenny Donadio for their assistance during the panel.
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