Most people lost interest in the Warner Bros. panel once DC had finished their three presentations. That didn’t do much for the lesser known films they’ve slated for release, such as King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. The Guy Ritchie directed adaptation of the famous legend had it’s first trailer released at Comic Con. You can check it out below, if you’re finally done with the Justice League teaser.
If you didn’t know this was a brand new take on this story, you do now. Guy Ritchie has his signature style all over this one, which features lots of quick edits and a king who is far from noble. There may be a little too much of Ritchie’s own style in this, giving the teaser a very uneven feel. It does promise a rougher version of Arthur from Charlie Hunnam, which makes the film more interesting.
Ritchie said that his motivation for this film was to tell a story with a less clean-cut protagonist:
“I think where the pitfall has often been is trying to make King Arthur bland and nice, and nice and bland. The two qualities make rather compatible bed companions. Unfortunately, they’re not interesting to watch. Luke Skywalker was always the most uninteresting character in Star Wars because he’s the good guy. Good guys are boring.”
We clearly see that in the trailer. This feels like a King Arthur film set in the same universe as Snatch or Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. That will delight many who felt like Ritchie was losing his edge as a filmmaker. His unique style wasn’t as present in The Man from U.N.C.L.E, but he hasn’t lost it, judging from this.
Arthur is set for release on March 24, 2017. It’s part of a packed month, which means it has serious competition. Opening on the same day as Power Rangers, it’s in between Ghost in the Shell and Kong: Skull Island. Ritchie comes in to this on the back of a poor return with U.N.C.L.E, and this is likely to face a few big rivals when it’s released.
Image via Warner Bros.