Conan the Barbarian Trailer #2

The first teaser trailer for the upcoming Conan the Barbarian reboot was kind of a disaster, although to be fair, it wasn’t necessarily an indicator of how good or bad the movie might be, but rather an indicator of how incompetent Lionsgate’s marketing department is. It barely provided any actual footage from the movie, and instead showed brief flashes of images as glimpsed through flickering flames. This week the first theatrical trailer has arrived online and you know what… it actually doesn’t look too bad. I’m not necessarily blown away, but hey, I’ll probably see it at the drive-in.

It’s been interesting watching Jason Momoa play a very similar character on HBO’s Game of Thrones over the last few weeks. His character is pretty badass on that show, but I think it has a lot to do with the fact that he literally has no lines of dialogue. In this trailer, the few times he actually opens his mouth I can’t help but cringe. Say what you will about Arnold Schwarzenegger and his Austrian accent, but at least when he talks, he commands the screen. The other thing I’m not crazy about is all the cheap-looking CGI… at times it feels a bit like The Mummy, which in my mind is not a good thing. It might be passable but it doesn’t seem nearly epic enough. Conan the Barbarian hits theatres on August 19th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

  • Steve Kasan

    Still not feeling it, yet, it is a slight improvement. Momoa’s involvement in Game of Thrones so far is replaceble. All he does is grunt, ride his horse, and, his gift-wife.
    You can replace Momoa with anyone that fits the bill so far. This might be surprising, but, I doubt it.

    Say what you will, but, Arnold’s Conan the Barbarian was EPIC. You can just tell the scale put on screen.

  • 1138sw

    Not so bad…not so great either…I need to see more and yeah you are right Sean when Jason Momoa talks it’s not the way imagined Conan talking…I never loved Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Conan though I know a lot of people do…but at least like you said Arnold had huge screen presence and still does!

    Might catch a matinee of this sucker though just out of curiosity.

  • Matt

    Crap. I’m sick with these fantasy films. They haven’t done anything exciting. I feel they’re all the same.

  • Greg

    Conan does the slow-mo Matrix move. Greeeeeeaaaaat.

  • MikeH

    Cannot replace Arnie in this at all. Not impressed.

  • Nerf McNugget

    How did Greg not get this role ?

    After his performances in “The Running Tunnel” and “Colorblind” it would seem that he is the next manly action hero.

    I guess his next performance will be in the remake of “Heat” as DeNiro’s crook opposite Reed as Pacino’s cop ?

    My only question is who plays the Val Kilmer role ? Frank ?


  • Kasper

    Movie looks like shit. Momoa is perfect for the role, though. Apparently he doesn’t even know what a USB stick is and was baffled the first time he was handed one on set when he asked for some pictures from someone from the crew. A true meathead – good casting.

  • Cliché count is high, but at least the new Conan is better than that Arnold Strong idiot.

  • Derek McFarland

    I’ll only see it in theaters if it’s Rated R. Looks like the only way it can be a decent Conan film. If it gets candy coated like Sucker Punch, that’s just gonna fuck it up. It will never be as good or original as Arnold’s though.

  • Paul Andrews

    Difficult to judge when it’s just a compilation of half second scenes.

  • Fatbologna

    I’m a huge Conan fan but this looks like they’re missing the point. Conan is supposed to be fun. Arnie seemed to understand that and played the character accordingly. This seems overly serious, grim and way too earnest. Regardless of how big they make it all seem it doesn’t touch the epicness of the Millius film. I kinda figured this was how it was gonna look but I’m still disappointed nevertheless.

    Bring back Arnie and Millius and make King Conan and you’ll have pure fucking gold on your hands.

  • Kamen Liew

    Rose McGowan looks like Edith Piaf from La Vie En Rose.

  • Nelson

    I think this trailer is definitely about 100x better then the first one. I would actually really consider going to see this now, at this point. It’s going to be very hard for me to take anyone other then Arnold seriously in the role of Conan though. He’s the Conan that I have known my whole life. Even in the Conan magazines I used to get from Marvel when I was a kid, at the drugstore, I would swear they modeled the character after Arnold.

  • Clinton Forbes

    I’ll be skipping this one. There hasn’t ever been a Conan movie actually faithful to REH’ creation, and it doesn’t look like this one will be either.