December 19, 2011 at 09:47 PM EST

You’d be hard pressed to find many people who walked out of 2010’s eye-straining, ear-blasting Clash of the Titans thinking “I really want to see more of this.” But thanks to a nearly $500 million global gross (two-thirds of which was made overseas), that is what you’re about to get: Wrath of the Titans will be unleashed upon theaters March 30.

Fortunately, the new trailer for Wrath (embedded below) makes clear things won’t quite have the same quasi-campy vibe that kept Clash from really taking flight. “I’m spending more time amongst the gods,” director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles) tells EW. “The world is a different place now. The gods are dying. It’s not as magical-looking. There’s obviously still massive fantasy and fantastical elements, but the world itself doesn’t look as slick as it did. It’s a more decayed, gritty world, with the same fantastical creatures and characters in there.” 

You can also expect to see much more of gods Zeus (Liam Neeson), Hades (Ralph Fiennes), and Poseidon (Danny Huston). “I love Danny, Liam, and Ralph,” says Liebesman. “If you have the chance to work with them, you put them in as much as possible.”

The filmmaker hopes to use those actors’ gravitas to help ground the film in a more emotional storyline, which sees Perseus (Sam Worthington) traveling to the underworld after Hades kidnaps Zeus. “This is really a story about a family that’s falling apart. You have fathers, sons — they’re all related, they’re all falling apart, and how do you deal with it?”

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