If you've read my review for the Clash of the Titans remake, then you know I preatty much hated it. Not that it didnt have its fun moments, but its just that while watching it, you kind of get the feeling that something is not quite right, like things just dont gel well on this one. It feels disjointed. Turns out, there was a very strong reason for this!
Director Louis Leterrier apparently shot a movie that was too freaking controversial for Warner Brothers. When you watch this new Clash of the Titans, you kind of get a whiff of the subversive qualitites the film has to it, but then it goes completely against it as the story progresses!
As it turns out, the movie was a hell of a lot more subversive and rebellious in nature. Perseus did go up against the Gods, Zeus was the actual villain! Imagine that, the main god is the villain! And Perseus was going up against him! HE wants to stop the sacrafice because he thinks its wrong to sacrafice humans to a god! Perseus actually went to Mount Olympus and threw the "magic sword" on Zeus's feet! He denied the help of the gods every step of the way! He remained true to his nature, as opposed to the theatrical release, where he first says he doesnt want any help, then accepts all the help he can get.
Poseidon and Andromeda and all the other gods in Olympus had a bigger role in the film, and that was all cut out too. Most of the problems that the studio had with the film had to do with the stuff going on in Olympus. I guess WB has lost its balls and is afraid to make a movie that's too rebellious in tone. So even if art wants to reflect life...theres always a studio like Warner Bros. willing to cut arts balls off.
Apparently, all those re-shoots that they did months before the films release were to quiet down the rebellious nature the film had. This film was going to be a heck of a lot better then what we got. Will we ever get to see this films "directors cut"? Im thinking we might not. Since this movie is making so much moolah (nostalgia will do that to a film) a sequel is probably being worked on as we speak. They wont want to mess with the fucked up continuity theyve already established.
But whatever, this movie feels a lot like what happened to Richard Donner with Superman II. Remember that fiasco? Maybe we'll get a Clash of the Titans: Leterrier Cut in a few decades, who knows. But hey, at least now we know, it was Warner Bros. who fucked with us, not the filmmakers!
If you want to read a whole article on this go check out this article over at CHUD.com, its highly informative and touches upon every single reason why this movie blew! Its called : By Zeus! The version of Clash of the Titans you didnt see!
"Calibus, go and destroy Warner Bros. for me will ya?"