Among the many reasons to look forward to the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game is getting to see what Battle School is like for the story's lead character Ender Wiggin. The latest blog post at producer Roberto Orci's Ender's Game production blog addresses Battle School, with specific emphasis on Dragon Army and its less than stellar reputation.

If you've read the book (and if you haven't, consider yourself moderately spoiler-warned!), you know that Ender's Game is set in the future and follows a boy who is sent away to Battle School as part of the military's efforts to prepare for another war against an alien race referred to as the "Buggers." Despite being among the younger of the students training at the school, Ender finds himself in command of Dragon Army, a newly formed group of kids who have potential but need good leadership. Is Ender the right boy for the job?

When I think of training at Battle School, my mind goes right to the zero gravity battle room. This topic was actually addressed in last week's blog entry, however from this week's photo and entry, it looks like there may be some hand-to-hand combat involved in their training. It seems implied by the blog entry that we're looking at some of the members of Dragon Army…

I'm wondering if the kids are working on moves that will later be applied in the battle room in some way, or if they're practicing for a fight or training scene. Also, it's hard to tell, but is that Asa Butterfield second from the front on the left (red sneakers)? Here's the text that came with the photo.
You think your school was clique-ish? In Battle School, you are part of an army, each represented by its own iconic symbol. Lately, Dragon Army has come to be known as a repository of misfits and failures. As a member of this unit, you’re supposed to live, breathe (fire?) and fight as one cohesive and selfless unit. Success as one. Defeat as one. Unfortunately for Dragon Army, their reputation is the latter.

Ender will be tasked with restoring this tarnished symbol. Will they follow him?

Ender's command of Dragon Army is just one of numerous opportunities in which we should get to see him demonstrate his leadership abilities. On that subject, I'll be interested to see how, if at all, the movie allows us to get into Ender's head the way Card's writing does in the book. His mindset and how he deals with the challenges he faces is part of what makes the story so interesting.

In the meantime, it's exciting to get a look of some of Dragon Army. Team underdog-dragon for the win! (Can you tell I'm excited?) Only like eighteen months to go!

Directed by Gavin Hood, Ender's Game stars Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford. It's set to release into theaters November 1, 2013. More information can be found in our Blend Film Database

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