WB Green-lights “Clash of the titans 3″…let us discuss!

Clash of the Titans 2: Wrath of the Titans hasn’t even wrapped post production, but Warner Bros. head honchos have green-lit a sequel. If you don’t remember, this new trilogy had its start in last years lackluster spectacle Clash of the Titans, which itself was a re-make of the 1980’s classic. With an all star cast, led by Sam Worthington’s heroic Perseus, the movie crashed into theatres on April 2nd hoping to start the summer blockbuster scene a little bit early. But it was poorly met by critiques, who deemed the film as a messy, poorly adapted 3D mess. Despite these tepid reviews, Clash went on to gross over $490 million at the global box office.

It quickly warranted a sequel, Wrath of the Titans which just wrapped principle photography under director Jonathan Liebsam. So the news that Warner Bros. wants to begin production on a third and possibly final film is mind-boggling. While the first Clash certainly earned enough at the box office to warrant a sequel, it didn’t necessarily wow fans or critics. And if you can remember, it came out right after the Avatar, which reopened the realm of blockbuster 3D films. At that time, people were willing to pay the extra $10 for those sleek little disposable glasses. The whole notion of big budget 3D films was fairly rejuvenated and we were all excited to see another movie with that extra dimension.

Just look at Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. That film was released around the same time as Clash and it went on to gross over a billion dollars. It came out just a few months after Avatar‘s ridiculously strong holiday debut and Disney properly marketed Alice as another entry in the massively popular wave of 3D flicks. And even though Alice was a fairly mediocre film, it destroyed the box office. Clash came out just a month later and did considerably worse. Now I’ll admit that Burton’s film benefited from A-list star power (I’m looking at you Johnny Depp), but Clash should have done far better…especially since it was one of the first 3D blockbusters after Avatar.

This leads me to suggest that the bad word of mouth surrounding the film would have been enough to kill it at the box office…had it not been for everyone’s rejuvenated interest in 3D. But nowadays, the attachment of three dimensional special effects is a given. If you’re going to see an action flick, you’re well aware that you’ll be able to see it in 3D. But the spectacle of those little black glasses has worn off, and I much rather save myself the extra $10 by watching a regular 2D screening of my most anticipated films.

So where does that leave us with these Clash sequels, especially the yet to be titled third entry in the series? All of these films definitely have potential, especially with the return of their all-star cast, led by such name stars as Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, and Ralph Fiennes. Sand & Sandals epics have been pretty dormant the past five years, and it’d be great if these films could rise to the level of the Lord of The Rings or 300. For all of my doubts, I guess I’m still pretty excited to see all of these films…as long as they’re properly made.

So count me as ‘cautiously optimistic’, how about you? Sound off in the comments below.