Comic Book Basis for 300: Rise of An Empire Won’t Release Alongside Film

When Warner Bros. began putting out information on their upcoming film 300: Rise of an Empire, the most curious thing included was the line: “Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes.” This may not seem like that much of a surprise to some given the first film was based on Miller’s graphic novel of the same name, however for many comic readers this came as a surprise given that Miller had yet to release a graphic novel titled “Xerxes.” Now we know why.

In a report from ICV2 (via THR), Miller is said to have only completed two of the five issues for the series, which is still titled “Xerxes.” The reason behind the delay is his Hollywood commitments, including co-directing Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, but Miller has said he will return to the book when he’s completed work on the film. A source from Dark Horse Comics spoke about the two completed issues though, calling them “outstandingly beautiful.” As a result of Miller’s heavy workload and the delay in completing the comic, it won’t launch alongside the film when it is released next year.

Check back here for more info on Miller’s “Xerxes” as we learn it. 300: Rise of an Empire hits theaters March 7, 2014.