There’s been a lot of apprehension surrounding the upcoming Conan the Barbarian reboot, from the hiring of Marcus Nispel (Pathfinder) as director to the casting of Jason Momoa (Baywatch, Stargate: Atlantis) in the lead role. When early set pics leaked online, many people questioned whether he could adequately fill the boots of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now that Arnold is no longer in office and is preparing for his own big screen comeback, fans are going to look on remakes and reboots of franchises that he starred in with an even more critical eye.
It’s unfortunate, then, that this first teaser trailer for Conan the Barbarian is so terrible. Granted, it shows only brief glimpses of action and isn’t necessarily a great indicator of what we can expect from the film. But as a piece of marketing, it is a huge misfire. I honestly thought it was an online parody of some sort when I first heard the voiceover. The “obscured by fire” look that they are attempting might have sounded good on paper, but it just looks bad, not to mention the overbearing music and the hokey lines of dialogue. Yeah, I think this is exactly what we were all afraid of. Conan the Barbarian hits theatres on August 19th; check out the teaser trailer after the jump and see what you think.