The old and new deities on display in Starz’s American Gods opening titles include the famous Las Vegas neon cowboy, a crucified astronaut, assorted metal animals and cars. The strange totem pole gives an enticing look at the series that debuts at 9 PM Sunday, April 30 on the premium channel. Watch it below.
“Is it strange to want action figures from a main title sequence?” co-Sshowrunners and EPs Bryan Fuller and Michael Green said in a statement. “Crucified astronauts, neon cowboys and S&M centaurs — we bow to Elastic and their spectacular vision. A totem of godly visions we didn’t know we needed to worship until they showed us the light with this clarion call to the American Gods.”
American Gods is produced by FremantleMedia North America. The titles were created by Elastic.
The series, says Starz, posits a different kind of war brewing — one between Old Gods and New. The traditional Old Gods, with mythological roots from around the world, fear irrelevance as their believers die off or are seduced by the money, technology and celebrity offered by the New Gods. Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is an ex-con who, left adrift by the recent death of his wife, becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to conman Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane). But in truth, Mr. Wednesday is a powerful old deity, on a cross-country mission to build an army and reclaim his lost glory. Emily Browning also stars, with Pablo Schreiber, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Orlando Jones and Crispin Glover also in the cast.