We would never have dreamed that Bowser from Super Mario and Baal from Diablo 2 could have something in common. In the trailer for the Super Mario Bros film, which will be released in 2023, the producers seem to have used a cinematic from Diablo 2. At least that’s how Diablo 2 fans see it.
A few days ago we got our first glimpse of the trailer for the upcoming The Super Mario Bros movie, which is slated to hit theaters in April 2023. The main characters of the animated film are, of course, Bowser and Mario. Bowser is voiced by Jack Black and Mario by Chris Pratt. The latter was criticized for not attaching importance to Mario’s accent and speaking almost like himself.
The trailer for the film shows Bowser attacking the penguin kingdom with his Koopa followers. The penguins, led by their king, bravely defend themselves with snowballs, but the kingdom of the blue seabirds is powerless against Bowser’s mighty fire breath and is leveled to the ground. The impressive appearance of the antagonist is reminiscent of a trailer that brought back memories for Diablo fans.
Super Mario Bros Trailer Similar to Diablo 2 Cinematic Intro?
Diablo fans are sure that Nintendo took inspiration from Baal before Act 5 for Bowser’s appearance in the Super Mario Bros movie trailer at the Diablo 2 cinematic. And indeed there are some parallels, even if some of the Diablo cinematic had to be cut together in the comparison video above.
It appears in several films that a powerful conqueror stands at the gates of an inferior army. But the scenery with the view over the landscape up to the cut to Bowser and the pathetic attempt to defend or appease the attacker are striking parallels.
The introduction of the antagonist, his scream to open the gates, the cut to the opening of the gates, the defender’s overbearing question of surrender, and the antagonist’s very arrogant response are other unmistakable parallels between the two trailers. The way in which the defender’s gates are finally destroyed with a flame attack is staged quite similarly in both trailers. What do you think? Did Nintendo or co-producer Illumination Entertainment actually take inspiration from Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction, or is it all just coincidence? We look forward to your opinion in the comments.
Source | WoWHead