Nestled in this Los Angeles Times article about the resurgence of Greek mythology in popular entertainment just may be the first official details of Frank Miller’s sequel to his 1998 miniseries-turned-2007 box-office hit 300.
Previous reports had indicated that the new graphic novel, which would be used as the basis for another movie, is set between the Battle of Thermopylae and the Battle of Plataea, shown at the end of 300.
However, according to the LA Times article, the follow-up is now titled Xerxes — Xerxes I of Persia is the antagonist of 300 — and takes place 10 years before Thermopylae.
“It’s the Battle of Marathon through my lens,” Miller told the newspaper last week. “I’ve finished the plot and I’m getting started on the artwork.”
Among the criticisms levied against 300 is Miller’s depiction of Xerxes as an inhumanly tall, bejeweled androgynous figure at the head of a near-demonic horde.
The Battle of Marathon marked the end of Persia’s first invasion of Greece, triggered by the involvement of Athens and Eretria in revolts by several regions in Asia Minor against Persian rule. Xerxes’ father Darius I was the ruler of Persia at the time of the conflict.