DreamWorks Animation has released several character banners for their upcoming sequel Kung Fu Panda 2. Instead of highlighting the oldies but goodies, they’ve put the focus on the new characters: Lord Shen, Soothsayer, Wolf Boss, and the Gorillas. The group pumps some fresh blood into the popular series and are accompanied by an interesting slew of actors. Take a look…

Here’s the breakdown of all the characters via the Kung Fu Panda Facebook Page:

  • Lord Shen (Gary Oldman): Lord Shen is hyper intelligent, supremely lethal, and burns with ambition. It’s a combustible combination. He’s intent on wiping out kung fu and taking over China. That puts him on a collision course with Po and The Five.
    The Gorillas: The Gorillas are the muscle in Lord Shen’s army. If his evil schemes require any heavy lifting, they’ll be the ones doing it. Shen’s personal guard is made up entirely of these powerful (and powerfully large) brutes, who are honor bound to their master.
  • Soothsayer (Michelle Yeoh): The aged Soothsayer has been advisor to the Peacocks, rulers of Gongmen City, her entire life. She is wise and gifted with knowledge of the future.
  • Wolf Boss: The Wolf Boss and his pack were once guards in Gongmen City’s royal palace. Now he is Lord Shen’s most loyal servant, military strategist and trusted right paw.

Isn’t it sad that Lord Shen looks like the most interesting villain Gary Oldman has played in a while? The man does evil like no one else. Lord Shen could be the equivalent to Jeremy Iron’s Scar in The Lion King. Just because the characters are animated, it doesn’t mean they can’t be terrifying.

Kung Fu Panda 2 opens in theaters everywhere in 3D on May 26.

What do you think of the new additions to the world of Kung Fu Panda? Are you excited to see the film?