Superhero fans were lightly miffed last year when director Wolfgang Petersen’s Batman vs. Superman project was back-burnered by Warner Bros. in favor of separate Batman and Superman movies. But the same fans can take solace in Troy, promises the director of In the Line of Fire and Air Force One. He says that his action epic about the 3,000-year-old Trojan War – hitting screens May 14 – contains the same kind of clash of heroes.
The two main characters in our film, Achilles [Brad Pitt] and Hector [Eric Bana], are enemies and have the big, big, major fight in the movie – and you feel for both of them, because you connect to both of them, Petersen explains. Both of them are part of yourself – with Achilles being the darker, more aggressive, edgy character and Hector the more positive, noble man.
It’s fairly heady stuff for a superhero movie – and it should be even headier stuff in Troy, which Petersen and screenwriter David Benioff are developing from no less a source than Homer’s Iliad. Advance-screening reports have mentioned that the bloody, R-rated film refuses to take sides in its depiction of the Grecian siege of Troy – a fact Petersen gleefully confirms. It’s more complex, that’s true, he says. Emotionally, you have to sort things out a little bit – but that makes it fascinating.