The bulk of Orson Scott Card’s science fiction novel Ender’s Game takes place in an orbiting military installation called Battle School. This is basically a military academy where young children train and prepare to do battle with a hostile alien force. It stands to reason that much of the Gavin Hood’s movie adaptation will also revolve around the International Fleet school, where Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) spends his time training and being shunned by his peers.
At the school, students are divided up into squads, or armies, which compete with one another in a variety of strategic tasks and zero-gravity war games. The armies designate the rank and performance level of the cadets involved, and now we have a first look at the logos for some of the armies from the Ender’s Game adaptation.
There are glimpses of the insignia for Rat, Salamander, Asp, and Dragon Armies. Dragon is the most interesting of the bunch. Fans of the books will know that, at one time, Dragon was renowned for losing every battle they entered, and generally being terrible. Eventually the squad was abolished due to poor performance. When Ender begins to excel as a soldier and tactician, despite being younger and smaller than most of the other recruits, Dragon Army is resurrected and the reigns are handed over to the boy. What he does with his troops is the basis for much of the book’s action.
Ender’s Game will be released in IMAX 3D on November 1, 2013, and also stars Harrison Ford, Sir Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.