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Comic-Con a go-go

July 21, 2010 |  2:25 pm

Comic-Con kicks off tonight in San Diego and our comics blog, Hero Complex, is already on the case. In an exclusive interview, Geoff Boucher talks to Zack Snyder, director of "300," about penning its follow-up, "Xerxes." (Not, sadly, "301," as Frank Miller once joked). Snyder explains the story:

This one starts off with a quick retelling of the why of the Persian wars. It starts off at the Battle of Marathon and then it goes back to Themistocles finding out that Persians are invading again. And off we go over to learn a little bit about why Xerxes is the way he is.

Darius [the Persian king and father of Xerxes] gets wounded at Marathon and he's super cool and like a great guy. Even the Greeks are like, 'Darius is awesome.' After Darius dies, Xerxes is so distraught, but Darius had told him, 'Don't attack the Greeks, only a god can punish the Greeks.'  So that's when he calls his mystics and wizards and says, 'Make me a god so I can avenge my father.' "

What to expect: news of Seth Rogen as the Green Hornet; the latest from the cast of "Tron"; Harry Potter mania; Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim and peeks at "Captain America," which isn't due out until next summer, the superhero's 70th anniversary. Hero Complex will have all that and much, much more.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Image: Captain America from the pages of Marvel Comics.

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