Back toward the end of February, our own Elisabeth Rappe mused over whether or not audiences were growing tired with the Greeks. Sure, 300 dominated the box office and pop culture, but Clash of the Titans and Percy Jackson both failed to grab onto those two same strongholds. That didn't appear to put the brakes on Tarsem Singh's name-changing Greek epic, however, as Immortals continues to move ahead despite indications audiences are growing weary of swords and sandals. Even Prince of Persia failed to storm the US box office and it didn't even have any Greeks in it.
And now that we have further details on Xerxes, Frank Miller's graphic novel prequel to 300, I'm even more dubious that audiences will be clamoring for another swords and sandals epic that's as much about ancient Greeks as it is about Persians. I know 300 was box office adrenaline, but I fear that fad has died out and not even Frank Miller can resurrect it. He's certainly going to try his damndest, though. The LA Times has a big piece profiling the artist's plans for Xerxes, as well as the first image from the graphic novel, and it's almost as though they're in direct defiance of what fans seemingly want.
One would expect a 300 prequel to feature the characters that the first film made so iconic, but Xerxes is not about King Leonidas (though he does have a cameo) rather its focus is the titular Persian DemiGod's pursuit of total Godhood and the Greek warlord, Themistocles, who stands in his way. It'll feature huge naval battles and a story that spans years instead of days, all of which will culminate on the day 300 begins. From the LA Times: