Frank Miller Movie vs. Spartans History - Battle of Thermopylae
Miller was introduced to the Thermopylae story through a Sword & Sandal movie version called The Spartans, which influenced him deeply as a child. Scene from the movie where The Spartans first meet the Elite force of Xerxes , The Immortals. Part II. Just know that a lot of this is taken from the movie , but there will be some .. The Immortals were wearing masks and breastplates of silver with twin The Persians sent all kind of beasts to try and defeat the Spartans.
The captain was alarmed by this man's figure so he pointed his spear at him and said, "Not one step closer, monster! He is a good soldier, but a bit short on manners. I know what I look like. My parent's love for me led them to flee Sparta lest I be discarded.
I beg you, bold king, to permit me to redeem my father's name by serving you in combat. My father trained me to feel no fear, to make spear and shield and sword as much a part of me as my own beating heart. I will earn my father's armor, noble king. By serving you in battle. Leonidas was impressed by the mans skill even though he was severely deformed. He began to inspect Ephialtes for a couple of seconds before he walked up to him. Leonidas seemed genuinely saddened by this.
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Each Spartan protects the man to his left, from thigh to neck with his shield. A single weak spot and the phalanx shatters. From thigh to neck Ephialtes. I am sorry, my friend. But not all of us were made to be soldiers. Only when the phalanx breaks may you fight. Leonidas sighed and walked down the mountain towards the Captain. Tell them to build a wall similar to the one we made in the Hot Gates.
The goat path is much smaller so it should be easier to defend. Rocks began bouncing all over the place. The Spartans had remembered the Persian messenger who bragged about the Persian Army being so big that it shook the earth, so vast that it drank the rivers dry. Off in the distance, Leonidas and his men could see the dust being kicked up by the thousands of Persian men stomping their way to the Hot Gates.
The Persian Army was now in view and Leonidas began speaking. Earn these shields, boys! As the Persians stopped their charge Leonidas turned and said, "Remember this day, men for it will be yours for all time. The Persian forces charged at the Greek phalanx, intent on destroying it and killing every single Spartan. As the enemy forces approached the Captain yelled, "Hold! But take from them everything! The Spartans were baiting the Persians into coming closer before they slammed their shields back into them, knocking them off balance.
The second row of Spartans pulled out their spears and stabbed the disoriented Persians before pulling back and closing ranks. If the first row was close to breaking apart the second row would take over the phalanx giving the first row time to recover. Soon the Persian forces were in full retreat, having lost over a thousand men already, with no Spartan casualties.
The Persians had numbers but the Spartans had skill. Each Spartan could kill at least two dozen Persians before they are struck down. Leonidas leads the charge and begins the slaughterfest. He used his bronze shield as a weapon as well slamming people with it just as much as he uses his spear and sword. He throws his spear, catching a Persian in the chest and killing him. He unsheathes his sword and kills Persians left and right before slamming into the closest one with his shield, effectively throwing him into the ground.
Leonidas stabs him in the chest before he could get up and killing him. Leonidas and his men looked up to see the remaining forces of the first wave backing away from them. Captain Dilios smirked at Leonidas before saying, "They look thirsty. The Persians could do nothing but back off as the superior soldiers were pushing them off the edge with their huge shields. Over a hundred Persian men were sent into the sea because they were thirsty. Sorry, just had to say that "Hold", Leonidas yelled, catching his breath.
Captain Dilios looked over his men to see not a single one dead while the Persians lost over two thousand. The Spartans looked up at the sky to see everything covered in black. When the Spartans looked closer they could see that they were arrows. A lot of them. Everyone brought up their shields over their body. For a minute straight the arrows kept on coming. A couple of Spartans began laughing, specifically the ones who built the wall at the Hot Gates. Stelios said, "Well, you had to say it.
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When the arrows came to a stop Leonidas said, "Recover. His fellow Spartans did the same. The Spartans quickly ran back to the Hot Gates to see the cavalry of the Persian army coming. Leonidas quickly ran to the front and yelled "Delta formation!
Sometimes they would even throw a spear at the rider. The cavalry was obliterated effortlessly. The phalanx broke apart and the Spartans began throwing their spears at the nearest Persian, drew their swords and charged into battle. Stelios and Astinos, Dilios' son were a unstoppable duo. The team of two began wading through man after man. Hacking, slashing, and blocking with every turn.
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The duo took down over a hundred men by themselves. This was the last attack of the day. Over three thousand Persians dead, No Spartan casualties. And it's just day one. Line Break "Sire, A contingent of Persian men approaches, too small to be a strike force.
Do not fear, if they assassinate me there, All of Sparta shall go to war. Pray that they are not as dumb as you think they are. Leonidas approached the army and he watched as it split in the middle. A golden pyramid with a throne on the top appeared. Xerxes himself was sitting on the throne. Over a hundred slaves were under the pyramid, carrying the weight.
Leonidas was disgusted by this man's arrogance and cruelty. The slaves came to a stop and even more slaves began to form steps by using their own backs as Xerxes walked down the pyramid. This further infuriated Leonidas, slavery was allowed but he was never a fan of it. This just took slavery to a whole new level, using people as stairs? Leonidas sneered as we watched Xerxes approach him. Surprisingly, Xerxes, by no means was a small man. He was nearing 7 feet fall, but he did not seem to be much of a warrior, as he was quite skinny.
A herald appeared and yelled, "Behold! The mighty God-King Xerxes! Behold his divine power! Leonidas was not amused. He merely snorted and rolled his eyes. He watched at the 'God-King' approached him. Let us reason together. It would be nothing short of madness were you, brave king and your valiant troops to perish. All because of a simple misunderstanding. There's much our cultures could share.
Leonidas smirked and said, "Haven't you noticed? We've been sharing our culture with you all morning. Even now you are defiant, in the face of annihilation and the presence of a god. It isn't wise to stand against me Leonidas.
Imagine what a horrible fate awaits my enemies when I will gladly kill any of my own men for victory. Consider the beautiful land you so vigorously defend. Picture it reduced to ash at my whim. Consider the fate of your women.
From what I have seen so far, I might as well have marched them up here instead, judging by what I've seen so far. You have many slaves, Xerxes. It won't be long before they start to fear my spears, more than your whips. Xerxes fumed at the insult to his great army. But I am a generous god. I can make you rich beyond all measures. Why defend Greece when you could just join me?
You will be the warlord of all Greece!. Picture the Athenians kneeling at your feet! Just kneel at mine and it will all be yours. Xerxes smiled victoriously thinking he had bought the Spartan King.Neca 300 immortal masks paint taken back
What Leonidas said next turned his smile upside down. Such an offer, only a madman would refuse. But the idea of kneeling you see, slaughtering all of those men of yours had put a nasty cramp in my knee, so kneeling will be hard for me. Sparta and Leonidas will be erased from history. Just uttering those names will be punishable by death!
The world will never know you existed! That the Spartans defeated millions of Persians. We will show the world, that even a God-King bleeds red. The Spartans had only lost a few while the Persians have lost thousands. Xerxes began to get desperate so he sent beasts from across the world. And his personal guard. An entire legion of 'Immortals' marched towards the wall of bodies that the Spartans stacked up.
The 10, Immortals stopped in front of the wall, The General of the army walking towards the wall warily. Before he could do anything a loud voice stopped him.
The Immortals were wearing masks and breastplates of silver with twin short swords sheathed at their backs. The Spartan Phalanx began to push the Immortals back. For hours the Spartans decimated the Persian guards.
Soon only 2, were left. At this the phalanx broke apart and the Spartans charged the Persians. The Persian guards were better trained than the other Persians that the Spartans had faced, but they were still not enough to push the Spartans back. The Immortals all backed off and released a monstrous being that was bulging with muscles and at least 10 feet tall.
He was pretty much your average cyclops. The monstrous being roared and charged at Leonidas who charged him back. Leonidas used his sword to block the giant's slashes but the giant swiped his meaty hand at him, sending him flying. Leonidas was actually aware of the mythological world and had plenty of experiences with Cyclopes and Laistrygonian Giants. Leonidas threw his shield like a frisbee and slid underneath the beast. The shield hit the monster in the face, momentarily stunning him. Leonidas sliced at his legs dropping the beast to a knee.
Leonidas came out behind him and with one clean swipe, cut the giant's head off. The Immortals were stunned that Leonidas defeated the monstrous being with such ease.
Leonidas grabbed his shield with a feral grin and began to charge the remaining Persians alongside his men. The Throne Room of the Olympian Gods: Ares watched proudly as his men easily defeated the Persian forces. That's what those Persian scum get for messing with Sparta! The other gods, especially Artemis and Athena rolled their eyes at him, although they agreed with him and were rather impressed and happy with the Spartan Army.
Artemis felt that Leonidas had a familiar aura to him but decided to shrug it off as she had seen him before when she was hunting in Sparta. Zeus and Poseidon were pleased with the Spartans as they sacrificed a huge amount of food to them, then they defend their home country with ease.
Although Zeus was paranoid that Leonidas would rebel to the Persians after seeing what that 'God-King' offered him. He fights with skill unparalleled by any other on the battlefield. His strategies are executed flawlessly.
If I didn't know better, I would say he is a Athenian. Everyone rolled their eyes at the usual comments. Leonidas is not a threat! He is perfectly loyal to Sparta and Greece. He and his men sacrificed over 35 meals to us each and you are still calling him a threat? Not many people would deny that kind of offer. Zeus pouted like a child and disappeared in a bolt of lightning.
Some of the smarter gods noticed that the giant beast with the so called Immortals was a cyclops and they saw Leonidas kill it with his sword. They realized that he had a Celestial Bronze sword but just decided to think that he got it out of luck.
Days of Persian onslaughts began to tire the Greek Army. Leonidas sent back all the Arcadians, Thespians, Thebans, and Helots back to their respective city-states, leaving only the Spartans to defend the Hot Gates.
The Persians sent all kind of beasts to try and defeat the Spartans. They sent Elephants and Rhinos clad in armor but it still was not enough. The Elephants were pushed off the cliffs, into the seas. The Rhinos were killing by spears in the eyes and mouths. The Spartans were in their usual phalanx but were wary at the Persian army stopping about yards away.
The silence was deafening. The silence was cut by some sort of hissing, not unlike a snake. All of a sudden an explosion a few yards away caught the attention of the Spartans. Leonidas immediately knew what was happening. The Spartans stacked on top of each other using their shields to create a dome surrounding the Spartan army. The explosions were deafening. For 10 minutes, shrapnel and bombs slammed into the impenetrable dome.
Soon all went silent, suddenly they heard marching from behind. A phalanx formed on each side, over Spartans on each side. Leonidas knew that this was going to be the end. Remember one thing in battle. No matter what happens this day, heroes will be born. But legends never die! The Persians on both sides faltered. They knew that the Spartans knew that this was the end.
The Spartans were going to take down as many as they can take with them. Even though there were over 50, Persians on each side, they were still terrified. They heard the stories of Leonidas and his Spartans. Despite this they charged. There really was no way to describe this battle with one word. Pretty much everything went to hell.
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For hours the Persian onslaught was fought head on. Thousands of Persians were getting cut down by the Spartan phalanx but nobody has unlimited stamina. For an entire day straight, the Spartans fought for survival. Leonidas told Ephialtes that it took one slip up for the phalanx to fall. And that's exactly what it took. An exhausted and wounded Spartan fell as a spear went into his shoulder.
Every Spartan was tired and couldn't take the wounded Spartan's place in time. From their the phalanx broke and Spartans threw their spears and drew their swords. Slowly, the Spartans in the back were overwhelmed by the superior numbers. In the comic book Astinos is only mentioned when he dies.
Andrew Tiernan as Ephialtesa deformed Spartan outcast and traitor. Michael Fassbender as Steliosa young, spirited and highly skilled Spartan soldier. Peter Mensah as a Persian messenger who gets kicked into the well by Leonidas. Tyler Neitzel as young Leonidas. Patrick Sabongui as the Persian General who tries to get Leonidas to comply at the end of the battle. Leon Laderach as Executionera hulking, clawed man who executes men who have displeased Xerxes.
Tyrone Benskin as the whip-wielding Persian Emissary. Production[ edit ] Above: Nunnari discovered Frank Miller's graphic novelwhich impressed him enough to acquire the film rights. Gordon wrote the script.
Snyder used this narrative technique to show the audience that the surreal "Frank Miller world" of was told from a subjective perspective.
By using Dilios' gift of storytelling, he was able to introduce fantasy elements into the film, explaining that "Dilios is a guy who knows how not to wreck a good story with truth. A scene during filming Below: The finished scene Two months of pre-production were required to create hundreds of shields, spears, and swords, some of which were recycled from Troy and Alexander.
Creatures were designed by Jordu Schell and an animatronic wolf and thirteen animatronic horses were created. The actors trained alongside the stuntmen, and even Snyder joined in. Upwards of costumes were created for the film, as well as extensive prosthetics for various characters and the corpses of Persian soldiers.
Shaun Smith and Mark Rappaport worked hand in hand with Snyder in pre-production to design the look of the individual characters, and to produce the prosthetic makeup effects, props, weapons and dummy bodies required for the production. Butler said that while he did not feel constrained by Snyder's direction, fidelity to the comic imposed certain limitations on his performance.
Wenham said there were times when Snyder wanted to precisely capture iconic moments from the comic book, and other times when he gave actors freedom "to explore within the world and the confines that had been set. Visual effects supervisor Chris Watts and production designer Jim Bissell created a process dubbed "The Crush,"  which allowed the Meteor artists to manipulate the colors by increasing the contrast of light and dark.
Certain sequences were desaturated and tinted to establish different moods. Ghislain St-Pierre, who led the team of artists, described the effect: Bates said that the score had "a lot of weight and intensity in the low end of the percussion" that Snyder found agreeable to the film. The heaviest borrowings are said to be from Elliot Goldenthal 's score for Titus. On August 3,Warner Bros.
Pictures acknowledged in an official statement: Pictures has great respect for Elliot, our longtime collaborator, and is pleased to have amicably resolved this matter. The official website was launched by Warner Bros.
The "conceptual art" and Zack Snyder's production blog were the initial attractions of the site. In Januarythe studio launched a MySpace page for the film. A second trailer, which was attached to Apocalyptowas released in theaters on December 8, and online the day before.
Interactive Entertainment announced its intention to make a PlayStation Portable game, March to Glorybased on the film. Collision Studios worked with Warner Bros. On July 21,Warner Bros. This new Blu-ray Disc is encased in a page Digibook and includes all the extras from the original release as well as some new ones. These features include a Picture-in-Picture feature entitled The Complete A Comprehensive Immersion, which enables the viewer to view the film in three different perspectives.
This release also includes a digital copy. TNT agreed to a three-year deal instead of the more typical five-year deal. The Meltdown for the biggest opening weekend in the month of March and for a Spring release. Jurassic Park but higher than Transformers. Once you make a great movie, word can spread very quickly. While it received a standing ovation at the public premiere,  it was panned at a press screening hours earlier, where many attendees left during the showing and those who remained booed at the end.
The site's critical consensus reads, "A simple-minded but visually exciting experience, full of blood, violence, and ready-made movie quotes. Scott of The New York Times describes as "about as violent as Apocalypto and twice as stupid," while criticizing its color scheme and suggesting that its plot includes racist undertones; Scott also poked fun at the buffed bodies of the actors portraying the Spartans, declaring that the Persian characters are "pioneers in the art of face-piercing", but that the Spartans had access to "superior health clubs and electrolysis facilities".
Comic Book Resources ' Mark Cronan found the film compelling, leaving him "with a feeling of power, from having been witness to something grand. The historical consensus, both among ancient chroniclers and current scholars, was that Thermopylae was a clear Greek defeat; the Persian invasion would be pushed back in later ground and naval battles. The Spartans' use of the narrow terrain, in those particular circumstances, is a military tactic known as " defeat in detail ".
Paul CartledgeProfessor of Greek History at Cambridge Universityadvised the filmmakers on the pronunciation of Greek names, and said they "made good use" of his published work on Sparta. He praises the film for its portrayal of "the Spartans' heroic code", and of "the key role played by women in backing up, indeed reinforcing, the male martial code of heroic honour", while expressing reservations about its "'West' goodies vs 'East' baddies polarization".
He suggests that the film's moral universe would have seemed "as bizarre to ancient Greeks as it does to modern historians". He remarks that SimonidesAeschylusand Herodotus viewed Thermopylae as a battle against "Eastern centralism and collective serfdom", which opposed "the idea of the free citizen of an autonomous polis ".