Dwayne Johnson takes on the old sword-and-sandals movie genre this weekend with Hercules, directed by Brett Ratner and based on the Radical Comics series by Steve Moore.Johnson stars as a semi-retired strongman living on past glories who must be lured back into action to help the ruler of Thrace defeat a terrifying warlord. Ian MacShane (Deadwood) and Rufus Sewell (A Knight's Tale) co-star as members of Hercules' loyal crew.
Director Ratner brought in the effects wizards at Weta Workshop in New Zealand to design weapons for the B.C. era of Greek heroes and later had the weapons themselves fabricated in the England and Hungary. Check out a selection of those weapons below.
Ian MacShane's Amphiaraus uses a staff with a surprise blade that shoots from the bottom.
Rufus Sewell's Autolycus conceals a selection of throwing knives beneath his cloak.
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal's Atalanta is a master of the bow and arrow.
Dwayne Johnson gets to wear a lion's head hat and a lion-skin cape.
Aksel Hennie's Tydeus dons two axes on his belt, which he uses in a thrashing motion.