Saturday in Hall H at Comic-Con, Immortals director Tarsem Singh said the film is actually darker and “more hard core” than the trailers suggest. This Relativity panel shared some 3-D footage as well as a 2-D fight scene (you can see the trailer here). The crowd ate up the 3-D — which producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton call “Tarsem-Vision.” Nunnari and Canton also produced Zack Snyder’s 300, and this also shares CGI environments and ample muscles. Male viewers kept saying, “this is awesome,” during the clips.
Clearly, this movie is targeted to men. Poor Frieda Pinto (Phaedra), the only woman on the panel, had to sit through the story of how the first scene filmed was her sex scene, Singh said: “It was just like, ‘Get in bed,’ and she delivered. It was gorgeous.” Pinto says she did enjoy working with Singh, who she believes has “the imagination of a three year old,” and says the best part of the film was “watching the [bare] men.” Co-star Stephen Dorff notes flirting with Pinto as one of the highlights of shooting the film. She’s sandwiched between a lot of testosterone.
Also present was Luke Evans (Zeus), Kellan Lutz (Poseiden) and–of course–Henry Cavill (Theseus), our Superman-to-be, who is ridiculously good- looking and clearly the fresh meat in the room.The log line for Immortals (November 11) is “Even the gods need a hero.” That hero is Cavill. Based on the footage, that’s about it as far as story goes (but we’ve included the synopsis below). Singh said: “I think if you stick too close to history you can’t really beat literature,” so history clearly wasn’t the focus here. “I’m sure I’m going to get a lot of crap for [making the gods looks so young etc].” But, he said: “If you’re a god and can live forever do you want to look like Henry or look like Mark?” Cavill added that he wanted to “keep away from a mythology base” for his character, because he was just doing “what Tarsem wanted me to do.” On finding a voice and staying loyal to a character, Cavill says to “try not to be too English about it, [and] try not to be too American, either.”
Singh believes his style lends itself to 3-D, and that it wasn’t something that was thought of in post-production, unlike Clash of the Titans for which Singh says 3-D was forced on director Louis Leterrier. “I get spat on by critics…because people like a good script,” said Singh. But that’s not how he works. He “starts with a good visual story and sees if a story can fall into it.” (This is quite evident.) Canton reminds the crowd: “3-D numbers on a global scale are extraordinary,” and that if it can enhance the experience and “be badass like this” than 3-D is a great thing. But, he adds: “It’s still about good stories being told.”
Singh, an atheist since he was nine years old, was interested in the idea of gods. His mother believes his success is only because she prayed for him, but Singh wondered: “‘If there are gods, why don’t they interfere when there is so much misery in the world?'”
Moderator Geoff Boucher asked for the best Mickey Rourke story, but no one wanted to tell them in public. Nunnari offered: “Mickey would come on set every morning and we would have to make sure that he would be on time. Mark was in charge to do that, and Mark would come to me and say ‘Why don’t you do that,’ and I would go, and then I’d come back and say ‘Why don’t we do it together.'”
As for Cavill’s big upcoming role, he said, after being warned that Man of Steel writer-producer Christopher Nolan might have a sniper in the room: “There’s really nothing I can say except it’s one of the best scripts I’ve ever read…[I’m] humbled by the whole experience. I can’t wait to get started.”
SYNOPSIS: …epic tale of treachery, vengeance and destiny in Immortals, a stylish and visually spectacular 3D action adventure. As a power-hungry king razes ancient Greece in search of a legendary weapon, a heroic young villager rises up against him in a thrilling quest as timeless as it is powerful. The brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his murderous Heraklion army rampage across Greece in search of the long lost Bow of Epirus. With the invincible Bow, the king will be able to overthrow the Gods of Olympus and become the undisputed master of his world. With ruthless efficiency, Hyperion and his legions destroy everything in their wake, and it seems nothing will stop the evil king’s mission. As village after village is obliterated, a stonemason named Theseus vows to avenge his mother, who was killed in one of Hyperion’s brutal raids. When Theseus meets the Sybelline Oracle, Phaedra, her disturbing visions of the young man’s future convince her that he is the key to stopping the destruction. With her help, Theseus assembles a small band of followers and embraces his destiny in a final, desperate battle for the future of humanity.