Spartacus Gods of the Arena is the prequel to Spartacus Blood and Sand. The 2nd season of Spartacus had to be delayed due to actor Andy Whitfield‘s treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Spartacus Gods of the Arena was planned to fill in the time until September, when season two was scheduled to begin filming. Andy Whitfield died in Sydney on 11 September 2011.
Spartacus watching order :
Spartacus Season 1 Blood and Sand
Spartacus Season 1.5 Gods of the Arena
Spartacus Season 2 Vengeance
Spartacus Season 3 War of the Damned
The story centers around Batiatus (John Hannah), Lucretia (Lucy Lawless) and the rise of the House of Batiatus prior to Spartacus’ arrival, seeing returns from many of the gladiators as well, including Doctore, Crixus and Barca amongst others. Gods of arena introduces the gladiator Gannicus (Dustin Clare), and his rise to fame under Batiatus’ hand. The series is set during the later days of the Roman Republic, with the story beginning five years before the rebellion of 73 B.C.
Spartacus Gods of the Arena was created by Steven S. DeKnight, and belongs to the ‘Tapert-Raimi Connection‘. Robert G. Tapert and Sam Raimi were executive producers on Spartacus TV series, the show was shot in New Zealand, the music was composed by Joseph LoDuca, and so on. Here are some of the Xena/Hercules ‘regulars’ who worked on Spartacus Gods of the Arena :
- Lucy Lawless (actress, Xena, Hercules)
- Jeffrey Thomas (actor who played Jason in Hercules)
- Moira Grant (asso. producer)
- Chloe Smith (producer)
- Rick Jacobson (director, producer)
- Allan Poppleton (stunts)
Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen were co-producers/writers on Spartacus.
Spartacus Gods of the Arena promo photos & stills gallery (50 pictures, 31Mb) starring John Hannah, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Dustin Clare, Nick Tarabay, Lucy Lawless, Craig Walsh-Wrightson, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Stephen Lovatt, Jessica Grace Smith, Marisa Ramirez, Gareth Williams, Jaime Murray, Jeffrey Thomas and many more :