Details: The ISV Cerberus is a Series 3 Firefly – just like Serenity – but with a military refit that made it one of the baddest ships ever to take up arms against the Alliance.
The Firefly Gunboat variant was the backbone of the Independents air and space forces during the Unification War, equally capable of taking on ground targets and capital ships. Inexpensive to operate and heavily armored, the gunboats gave the Independents an early advantage in the guerrilla battles that dominated the war.
Bringing the Cerberus to life was a labor of love for many talented and experienced Serenity designers. Based on a concept sketch done by Tim Earls for the Official Serenity Blueprint Reference Pack (Tim did Serenity's concept design under the direction of Joss Whedon), the ship was rendered from scratch by Lightwave virtuoso Sean Kennedy. Once the model was complete, it became possible to pose the ship in any number of scenes and scenarios.
For her debut, we see our "Big Dog" taking a much-deserved break, reinforcing an Independents encampment in one of the deserts on Persephone. Look closely and you can see some of her crew and Browncoat marines moving under her shadow. This poster is full of little details and surprises, from the tattered 12th Cavalry flag hanging from the side of a gun emplacement to the "Eat This Purple Bellies" scrawled on the sides of Cerberus' big missiles.
Even Serenity Graphic Designer Geoffrey Mandel had a hand in her creation, creating the Cerberus and 12th Cavalry logos.
Serenity is a 2005 space western film written and directed by Joss Whedon. It is a continuation of the cancelled Fox science fiction television series Firefly, taking place after the events of the final episode. Set 510 years in the future, Serenity is the story of the captain and crew of a transport and cargo ship. The captain and first mate are veterans of the Unification War, having fought on the losing side. Their lives of petty crime are interrupted by a psychic passenger who harbors a dangerous secret. Serenity won film of the year awards from Film 2005 and FilmFocus. It also won IGN Film's Best Sci-Fi, Best Story and Best Trailer awards and was runner up for the Overall Best Movie.