: March 7, 2014
"300" was a big surprise hit back when it was released in 2007, so it's no surprise someone wanted to make a sequel. But should they have? We'll find out with the late summer release** of "Rise of an Empire," which is a kinda-sequel, kinda-prequel exploring the origins of freaky "god-king" Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro reprising the role) as well as his lover-ally Artemisia (Eva Green of "Casino Royale") and their Greek rival Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton of "Strike Back").
**May 10 update: Warner Bros. has now delayed the release of "300: Rise of an Empire" to 2014. Not a good sign.
-- Geoff Berkshire, Zap2it