Greek Mythology is one of the best sources to draw from when it comes to fictional works, and we’ve seen many famous brilliantly done movies that adapted several fictional as well historic aspects of greek mythology. Movies like 300, Troy, and Jason and the Argonauts received high critical acclaim and over time became cult classics of the genre. Today we’re going to focus on one well-known series of movies inspired by ancient greek mythology, we’re talking about Clash of the Titans. Let’s see what is the order of Clash of the Titans movies and how many are there.
How Many Clash of the Titans movies are there?
There are three Clash of the Titans movies in the franchise. The original Clash of the Titans was released back in 1981. Even though it was a massively popular movie at the time, it was never followed by a planned sequel. Things changed with the release of the Clash of the Titan remake in 2010. Like the original movie, it was a success and it was followed by a sequel released in 2012 named Wrath of the Titans.
Clash of the Titans movies in order
This fantasy adventure series started with a single movie only to be remade almost 30 years after. The release order of Clash of the Titans movies goes like this:
- Clash of the Titans (1981)
- Clash of the Titans (Remake, 2010)
- Wrath of the Titans (2012)
What is the best way to watch Clash of the Titans movies?
The best way to watch Clash of the Titans movies is in order of release. The movie released in 2010 is like the original, based (loosely) on the myth of Perseus so in a way, both movies tell the same story. The sequel, Wrath of the Titans should be watched last no matter how you look at it.
Clash of the Titans movies in order of release
1. Clash of the Titans (1981)
The original movie was loosely based on the greek myth of Perseus and was a massive success when it came out. It was directed by Desmond Davis and starred Harry Hamlin, Judi Bowker, Burgess Meredith, Maggie Smith, and Laurence Olivier. What makes this movie worth watching is the fact that some scenes primarily featuring mythological creatures were done using stop-motion visual effects. It’s really impressive to see how “CGI” was done in the past.
Despite the 1981 movie being a success the planned sequel Force of the Trojans never happened.
Original Clash of the Titans deals with the myth of Perseus. A prophecy is making rounds on Argos that the current king Acrisius, will be killed by his own grandson. In a “twist of fate,” his daughter Danae conceives a son with Zeus. Danae and newborn Perseus are exiled by scared Acrisius- When Zeus learns of that he releases his Kraken in a fit of anger to destroy Argos.
Perseus grows up to be among the favored sons of Zeus even though he makes some powerful enemies among the pantheon of Greek gods, including the sea goddess Thetis. Thetis will stop at nothing to ruin the new and budding relationship between Perseus and princess Andromeda.
2. Clash of the Titans (2010)
Even though the sequel Force of the Trojans never happened, in 2010 the original Clash of the Titans was remade. The new remake garnered some negative reviews when it comes to acting and story elements in general. It was directed by Louis Leterrier and starred Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen, Alexa Davalos, Ralph Fiennes, and Liam Neeson.
The story of the 2010 version loosely revolves around the myth of Perseus as well. Only this time around Danae is the wife of Acrisius, and Zeus impregnates her with Persues in the act of revenge. For Perseus, his story remains unchanged he is thrown in the water once again, only this time to be raised by fisherman Spyros and his wife Marmara.
The Kraken is also not released by Zeus. It was released by Hades after Andromeda, was not brought to him as a sacrifice. The 2010 version of the movie puts greater emphasis on the conflict between Underworld, Olympus, and Earth and puts Hades in the center of the conflict.
3. Wrath of the Titans (2012)
Wrath of the Titans is the direct sequel to the movie released in 2010. It continues off with the story 10 years after the events of the Clash of the Titans.
Perseus has decided to retire with his young son Heleus, he decided to leave the affairs of the gods to the gods alone. One day Zeus approaches him and tells him that the dwindling prayers of humans have become insufficient to keep the walls of Tartarus up. As a consequence destructive Titan Kronos might escape and wreak chaos.
Perseus is not interested in helping him and Zeus is forced to look for help elsewhere. While approaching Hades and Ares, he learns quickly that the two decided to betray him and imprison him. Hades and Ares make a deal with Kronos, one that will have catastrophic consequences for mortals and gods alike.
Like the previous movie, Wrath of the Titans was criticized for acting as well as for not explaining the story sufficiently. Due to negative reviews and overall bad reception of the two movies, Revenge of the Titans a planned sequel never happened.
Do you need to watch Clash of the Titans movies in order?
You do need to watch Clash of the Titans movies in order, well at least the movies released in 2010 and 2012. The movie released in 1981 can either be watched first or last since it brings nothing new to the story.
Are Clash of the Titans movies connected?
Clash of the Titans movies are connected, they share lore, and characters. All movies are loosely based on the myth of Perseus. We’ve mentioned before that the 2010 movie is a remake of the original movie, while the movie released in 2012 is a direct sequel to the events of the 2010 movie.
Will there be more Clash of the Titans movies?
Considering the fact that movies released in 2010 and 2012 were not exactly a success it’s highly unlikely that there will be more movies in the Clash of the Titans series. The sequel to Wrath of the Titans called Revenge of the Titans was planned at one point in time after the release of the second movie but it never happened due to lack of interest.
Where to Watch Clash of the Titans movies?
You can watch all Clash of the Titans movies on Amazon Prime. The original movie from 1981 is also available on the streaming service, I recommend you give it a try if you’re interested in some old-school greek mythological action.