CCI, Day 3: Warner Bros. Presents "300"

width="230" height="173" alt="" border="0" align="right">"300" Director Zack Snyder

Fans who appreciated how faithful the "Sin City" movie was to the comics can look for more of the same with the film adaptation of another Miller comic, "300." The film's director, Zack Snyder ("Dawn of the Dead" remake), stars Gerard Butler ("Dear Frankie") and David Wenham ("Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King") and Miller gave Comic-Con International audiences a preview of the film Saturday.

The panel kicked things off by showing a trailer, which looked extremely faithful to the graphic novel, with plenty of blood, guts and nudity.

Response from the audience and cast (who had not seen the trailer before) was so positive, it was shown twice more before the panel concluded.

Following the showing of the trailer, the panelists began a Q&A session:

  • Snyder said all the credit for the faithfulness of the film's look went to Miller -- "I didn't have any ideas of my own, so I used Frank's." Miller, in turn, gave credit to Lynn Varley who did the backgrounds for "300."
  • As for the costumes in the film, the Spartans don't wear much. Butler said when he initially put on his costume, "I pretty much have never felt so stupid in all my life. I asked myself, 'How am I going to get through this?'"

    He said he got used to it after awhile, and by the end of the film, "you just want to look bigger than the other guys."

    Wenham said he quickly "hit the panic button" after being cast and called his agent, but then got used to the idea.

    However, when Wenham first found out he'd be in a codpiece the whole movie while filming in Montreal during the winter, he called Snyder right away. The director laughed, recalling this.

width="230" height="173" alt="" border="0" align="">"300" Producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark CantonFrank Miller signs a copy of "300."

Butler told the audience, "You only have one life. Follow your heart and go with your dreams."

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