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Image Credit: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.comSeveral moviegoers — $492 million-worth of moviegoers worldwide, that is — hopped into theaters to enjoy this year’s Clash of the Titans, happily ingesting an action film whose schlocky special effects were pleasantly nostalgic, even if the flick was victim to such flaws as shoddy character development. (Said EW’s own Owen Gleiberman, “All you can really do is sit back, enjoy the expert hamming of pros like these, and wait for the cheeseball F/X wonder.”) But now, with Warner Bros. planning a sequel, it looks as though we might have to trade in those cheeseball effects for a richer sequel experience. Because not only has the studio wisely planned to shoot Clash 2 in 3D — the first film was widely criticized for being converted after filming wrapped — but the studio has also confirmed to EW that it has handpicked a buzz-worthy new director, Battle: Los Angeles‘ Jonathan Liebesman, to helm the follow-up. (Louis Leterrier, the director of the first film, dropped out of the sequel.)

Let’s get one thing out of the way: The guy’s cute. (And totally looks like he should be cast as a hopelessly romantic average Joe on a single-camera NBC sitcom, no?) But another bonus: He’s attracting a lot of attention for his work helming the Comic-Con hit Battle: Los Angeles, which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, proved that “he could handle large-scale action and intense visual effects.” Yes, most of us haven’t seen more than two seconds of Battle: Los Angeles — and Liebesman’s 2006 horror film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, was more than a disappointment — but based on those two seconds, it’s hard not to wonder whether Clash 2 can manage drop the schlock and actually kind of look — gasp! — awesome.

Anyone else finding themselves a bit excited about Clash 2‘s new director?

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