300:-Rise-of-an-Empire-Comic-Con-Poster-AvengeWarner Bros. will be returning to Comic-Con once more this weekend after making a brilliant impact at last year’s convention with the likes of Pacific Rim and Godzilla, and 300: Rise of an Empire is one of the handful of movies they’re taking with them this time around.

We saw a bloody first teaser trailer for the sidequel – not quite a prequel or sequel to Zack Snyder’s original 300 – last month. And we’ve now got the first three Comic-Con posters for the film to share, with a further three still on the way.

Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.

“300: Rise of an Empire” pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemesia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton take the lead as Artemesia and Themistokles, respectively. And they’re joined by a great cast, led by Callan Mulvey and Jack O’Connell, with Rodrigo Santoro and Lena Headey reprising their roles from the original film.

Noam Murro (Smart People) is behind the camera this time in Snyder’s place, directing from a script Snyder co-wrote with Kurt Johnstad (300), based on the original Frank Miller graphic novel, Xerxes.

300: Rise of an Empire is now set to be released on March 7th, 2014, a few months later than its original release date, which had been slated for next month. There’s a good chance that conventiongoers will be treated to the full-length trailer this weekend, and here’s to hoping that it will surface soon after online.