Frank Miller and the filmmakers behind "300" are looking for a return to the battlefields of antiquity -- and, no doubt, to the arenas of pop-culture controversy.
Three years ago, the sword-and-sandal adventure "300" became a surprise sensation with moviegoers -- it set box-office records for a March release and became the highest-grossing R-rated film of 2007 -- and delivered career breakthroughs for actor Gerard Butler and director Zack Snyder. But the movie, which was based on the comic books written and drawn by Miller, also triggered an unlikely international incident with its portrayal of the Persian leader Xerxes the bloody Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C.
The article goes on to say that the depiction of “Xerxes as as leering and androgynous and the Persian army as a demonic horde” and seemed to irritate Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad concerns me not at all. Does that make me a racist or bad? Perhaps, but again, I care not at all. For my part, I’ll start caring about Ahmadinejad when he starts caring about his people (and/or denouncing the Holocaust).
In the meantime, I'm looking forward to the Dark Horse comic (due out next year), and he can go piss up a rope.