Slick New Poster for Star Wars: The Clone Wars
In addition to yesterday's poster for X-Files: I Want to Believe, another slick new poster has debuted - this time for Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Thankfully I'm actually able to talk about this movie since it is getting a theatrical release this August. While I am mildly excited to see Star Wars return again to the big screen, I'm not even remotely as close to excited as I am for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. However, let's get back on topic. This poster looks both well-designed and epic enough to capture my attention and slap fans in the face as a reminder that this animated movie is coming to theaters in a few months. Enough pointless banter, let's check it out!
I'm personally excited to kick back and enjoy a new Star Wars animated flick in theaters with a big bucket o' popcorn, but I'm not sure everyone else feels the same way. The full trailer is due out tomorrow, so check back in for that, but I'm curious to know whether everyone else is looking forward to Star Wars: The Clone Wars too? Will this be the year George Lucas redeems himself with both Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and The Clone Wars? Or are we destined for another pile of pointless Star Wars mush?
On the front lines of an intergalactic struggle between good and evil, fans young and old will join such favorite characters as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala, along with brand-new heroes like Anakin's padawan learner, Ahsoka. Sinister villains -- led by Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous -- are poised to rule the galaxy. Stakes are high, and the fate of the Star Wars universe rests in the hands of the daring Jedi Knights. Their exploits lead to the action-packed battles and astonishing new revelations that fill Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is being directed by Dave Filoni, of "Avatar: The Last Airbender", with a story by George Lucas himself. The two hour animated movie will kick off a new TV series after debuting in theaters. Star Wars: The Clone Wars will play in movie theaters this summer starting on August 15th. If you're a true Star Wars geek I know I'll see you there!
USA Today has also published the first photo of the villain named Asajj Ventress. She is a double lightsaber-weilding pale, bald babe who first appeared in previous 2D cartoons but will hit the screen this fall alongside of Anakin and Obi-Wan. You can check out that new photo below.
Reader Feedback - 21 Comments
I've seen the trailer (a Polish bootleg) and if you liked the CN TV series, chances are that you'll like this too. Still would have preferred a photorealistic animation style, though.
IHateChildren on May 7, 2008
Lucas isn't interested in redeeming himself. Otherwise Episode II and Episode III would have been better. He has enough money to insulate himself from the loudest fanboy whining. Star Wars is Star Wars. I'm excited to see the animated Clone Wars for the simple fact that even though the prequels were pretty much live-action cartoons, this interpretation of the universe will be more coheasively stylized and they can get away with much more in terms of look and feel.
Tom Brazelton on May 7, 2008
I really dig the style, but that's the only reason I'll see it. It'll be interesting to see how well it holds up (though considering Lucas' budget, it has no excuse not to.)
Ian Kazimer on May 7, 2008
Personally I think Star Wars fans are probably the whiniest group of fans out there, and hypocrites to boot... "Oh noes X movie sucked balls, George Lucas is in it only for the money wah wah wah" but you know that they are in the theatre atleast twice watching that movie and "secretly" loving it. This movie will entertain and be cool cause it's Star Wars and we all know we all want to see more Star Wars, whether it be in the theatre or on the television screen. I know I will be there day 1 watching it cause this movie will be awesome
Eric on May 7, 2008
As a whiny fanboy, I love what Lucas has created. He's an AMAZING conceptualist. But a shitty writer and director. There's a reason Empire Strikes Back stands out as the series high point and it's because he turned over a lot of responsibility to Kershner. Similarly, the original Clone Wars cartoon series was so well received due to the creative direction of Tartakovsky. Why does Star Wars continue to sell 30 years after it's debut? A lot of it is due to the expanded universe. Giving writers free reign to develop their own stories and characters breathes life into the larger mythology. That said, I take more enjoyment from some of the EU materials than I do with what is official Star Wars cannon. I'm excited for the new movie, but it does give me pause that Lucas is credited as a writer. I mean, the guy has no taste. I'm watching the forthcoming Indiana Jones DVD box set and some of the documentaries are really eye opening. Lucas didn't want to cast Harrison Ford because he thought audiences would associate him too closely to Han Sol. He didn't want to cast Sean Connery for the third movie because he thought audiences would think of him as 007. He has no faith in his actors and no faith in his audience. With Star Wars, he basically put a new spin on a few old ideas (Repuiblic Serials and Kurosawa, anyone?) and rode it all the way to the bank.
Tom Brazelton on May 7, 2008
Tom Brazelton I agree with you 100%. I remember growing up thinking George Lucas was the man! but now is just like you said he created something amazing but his writing is cheesy at best and he's not a good director at all. And about this animated movie... I'll watch it, but I'm not too excited about it. I still wake up at night having nightmares about the prequels
bltzie on May 7, 2008
Having watched Avatar w/ my nephew, I think that guys got some serious clout, and could possibly turn this thing around if its based on a loose script by Lucas. Lucas sucks balls. I should know, b/c when I went to the theatres to see the first prequel, I looked down and sure enough, there he was, jerking me around in the theatre, without my goddamned permission. In my family we insist that the nephews refer to "Star Wars" as the "First Movie", and episode one as the afterbirth. *(just kidding- that'd be gross!)
Djo. on May 7, 2008
George Lucas is certainly a giant in the landscape of movie-making. He has always been a man who has pushed the technological boundaries of movie-making. ILM and the move to digital film-making (including the elaborate storyboarding) are certain to leave a long-term impact on film-making. In addition, the Star Wars Saga has left an indelible mark on cinema history, and pop-culture world-wide. However, notable contributions notwithstanding, he is a poor writer of dialogue, and not an actor's director. Many of us who grew up with Star Wars, expected Star Wars to grow up with us. Tom Brazelton mentioned above (and it is widely acknowledged) that ESB is the series high point. I believe it is the only film that truly brings the characters to life (Notable exceptions: Alec Guiness, and Ewan McGregor through pure excellence of craft were able to give substance to Obi-Wan in spite of GL's directing). When I go back and look at Episode 4, there are a lot of glaring problems...but I don't hold it against the film. I just enjoy it for what it is. Every other episode except Empire is the same way. I think that the reason most people were upset with the prequel trilogy is that it didn't get better! It was the same movie we watched as a kid, but now we're not kids, and expect a little more. Our sensibilities grew up; George's didn't. However, my son is a kid, and he loves all of the Star Wars films. What the hell are grown men whining about anyways? It's make-believe! Just enjoy it for what it is: a fun science fiction film, with lightsabers, the force, spaceships, wookies, and one awesome little green dude. Me and my son are going on opening night. Will it have flaws? Yes. Will it be fun? Yes. Will I have a lightsaber fight afterwards with my boy? You better believe it.
Pete on May 7, 2008
George Lucas doesn't know when to stop. By creating more junk, he devalues the whole franchise. The original movies are the only ones worth watching, their iconic, whereas the prequels, are bland, dry, and uncreative. Why bother, I definitely wont be seeing this in theaters.
troy on May 7, 2008
I want to clarify my statements because I don't want to leave the impression that I'm crapping all over Star Wars. I *love* Star Wars. I hope to introduce it to my son someday, too and I hope he loves it just as much (even if he loves the prequels more!) But that doesn't subtract from the fact that Lucas is neither a strong writer or director and is a better conceptualist and technical innovator (and marketer, to a degree). There's nothing wrong with that! He should wear those hats proudly! Just give the writer and director hats to people who know what they're doing.
Tom Brazelton on May 7, 2008
It has Asajj Ventress. That's all I needed to know. I will be there in August.
Alfredo on May 7, 2008
Didn't watch any of the cartoon series. So this should be good
SHANE D on May 7, 2008
Hey guys, I just have to say I appreciate your comments. If you check a lot of other sites everyone is saying, "omg no more George Lucas sucks!!11!!!". A lot of you here are offering a more balanced, and, in my opinion, more accurate view of this movie and George Lucas himself. That being said, George is only the Executive Producer and guide on this series. He approved the storylines and what not, but he did not personally write or even direct any of the episodes just so you know. I am a big Star Wars fan like a lot of you, but I also happen to love the Original and Prequel Trilogy. I like the difference in style both offer. The Original Trilogy offers a more character focused story while the Prequel Trilogy offers a story that is arguably more complex with less focus on the characters and more on what happens to them if that makes sense. The Original Trilogy also gives you a more fights with blasters rather than lightsabers, a smuggler and a farmboy rather than Jedi, but that's why I like both so much. George didn't take Han Solo and give him a new name in the Prequels (like Dash Rendar), he knew that the Jedi would be the main characters and it was their time to shine. Anyway, I am really looking forward to The Clone Wars!
EaterofFood on May 7, 2008
Personally this seems like they are just trying to make a quick buck. They don't even have the origional voice actores. The enitire movie has like PS2 graphics. Fortunately for them I'm still probably going to see it. 🙂 I just think if they spent more time and resources on this it could have been really great. Just my 2 cents
silver on May 7, 2008
OK.. I'm SW fan, but I can't say I know all of the details of the expanded universe... So where does this fall in relation to the movies? They Anakin Skywalker... so it has to be b4 a new hope, i think? He's not vader yet?
r1000 on May 8, 2008
I thought Lucas redeemed himself with Episode III. Back on topic, I'll probably watch the TV series of this.
Chris on May 8, 2008
I agree with most of what I've read here, especially Tom Brazelton comments. He's right on with his thoughts on Lucas. I've been a fan of Star Wars since I was a kid. I love the originals and enjoyed the prequels for what they were. I'm also excited about this movie. I think the movie will be good and it could add a great deal to the Star Wars cannon. It would have been great to actually SEE the clone wars in the films and not just gloss over them the way Lucas did in the prequels. Between Episodes II and III, we skipped the whole war. Many stories could be told, and there is potential for strong character development that didn't happen in the movies (especially between Anakin and Obi-Wan). If they exploit that opportunity, it could add some weight to the events that happen in Episode III. With Dave Filoni as director and Lucas as a Producer/Conceptualist (what he does best), this movie/TV show could be a step in the right direction for the franchise and the overall Star Wars mythology. At the very least, it should be some fun eye candy.
Jeff on May 8, 2008
I don't think Lucas' writing is all that bad. I think he was merely going for a certain style with SW, which he may or may not have acheived. Was Charles Shultz a bad writer because he chose to write a 3-panel comic strip instead of the epic graphic novels he may have been capable of? Let the man do what he chooses to do. Don't like it? Keep that green stuff in your wallets, morons. All these people "hated' the prequels so much that they all turned into gigantic blockbusters and increased the fan base by untold numbers. Okay. People were clamoring for more SW for decades, then when they were given something that wasn't 100% what they wanted or expected, well we could have provided electricity for several large cities for years and years if we could only harness the power of their whining. The Indiana Jones series achieved a certain style, and it's a success. SW achieved another sort of style. Who's to say it wasn't a success? Some broke fanboi with 12 lightsabers in his closet who hasn't created anything in his life? In short, yes I will be seeing this the weekend it opens. If it's a letdown, no big deal. I'll still have the other SW movies and the Clone Wars series at home on DVD to enjoy. Or I'll play through Knights of the Old Republic again, or the Force Unleashed game that looks awesome. Yeah, shame on Lucas for creating more pointless SW mush.
kevjohn on May 8, 2008
I think people should give Lucas a break, sure the movies aren't perfect, but what set of six films is? I like many saw Star Wars when I was around six and it totally blew my head off. Nothing has ever come close to the impact it had on me as a wide eyed youth. It seems fans are very quick to slate George and praise the Expanded Universe, but it's easy to make up stories in a place that everyone is already familiar with. It's a bit like saying I don't like Lord Of The Rings but I like that story I read about an Orc and a Hobbit. If you don't like Star Wars then stop wasting time whining about it and watch something you like. The new Battlestar is damn good actually.....
Adz on May 8, 2008
LO f'ing L. Whiners whining about whiners. I've been a SW fan since i saw ep. 4 in the theaters and have appreciated the place it takes me anytime i think about it, watch the movies, read the books, or pawn over my collectibles. Call me biased, but if it has anything to do with expanding the fantasy of SW and gets me away from the dismal reality of the world we live in, i'm there. Is it all great and perfect? No. Is it satisfying to see something i love and enjoy grow through generations and inspire artists, writers, filmmakers, and the like to create, spin tales, and entertain? Hell yes!! Do i love the fact my sons and daughter enjoy it independent of myself and give us common ground to bond? Yes, again. From its inception it was an open ended space opera to tell the story one man had in his mind. Do any of these "critics" have a claim that they created and produced one of the most memorable sci-fi movies of all time? Doubtfully. Part of the appeal of the SW universe is the EU and the ability for people to contribute to part of it, however small. I'm excited about The Clone Wars. Not just because it's SW but i want to see where the person behind the great show Avatar will take it and if/how much he stays true to the animated serials. It's not about Lucas. It's about him seeing his child grow up and live. And to do that he has/had to do what every parent does, stand back and let them go while being right there if they need a little help. The secondary creators are like foster parents or aunts and uncles, nurturing and watching over something they love and have an attachment to. So if you don't care much for what George puts out or lets someone else elaborate on then you should leave it to the people who appreciate and enjoy it. Go watch something you enjoy and like instead of something you apparently don't. I always wondered why some would rather gripe than spend their time doing something they enjoy. In the end, it's not like your or my opinion matters. The SW you aren't satisfied with will keep growing with a longevity that'll probably see you a dried husk complaining to the worms for starting with the soft tissues. That sounds like a victory for a guy that some of you say can't make a good movie. So what he makes some money. I like money, you like money. Go make some. And when and if you do, maybe myself and some of your contemporary whiners will get on here and say how lame an attempt it was or how you don't deserve the credit. Oh, I forgot, if you had that idea, you'd be working on it and not here complaining. Go Lucas and the SW legacy!!!
mike on Jul 30, 2008
The movie is wonderful. Meanwhile something is learned from the movie.
Philip on Jun 16, 2009
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