A Second Look at ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’

Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have unleashed their second trailer for their comic book adaptation Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, the follow-up to 2005’s Sin City. Along with a few more photographs.

A lot of the same characters are back in this sorta-prequel, sorta-sequel, and some of those familiar characters have new faces thanks to recasting — Devon Aoki is out, Jamie Chung is in as Miho; Michael Clarke Duncan passed away in 2012, so Dennis Haysbert takes over as Manute. But the Sin City universe is still the ultimate noir, shot in black-and-white with splashes of accent colors like blood red and blue.

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First Trailer from ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ Drops

Here it is, as promised, to go along with the previously released images: the first trailer for Frank Miller‘s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

This looks a lot like what we got in Sin City — only moreso. For instance, Jessica Alba‘s Nancy Callahan isn’t wearing any fewer clothes, but the actress seems more comfortable gyrating on the stage. And Mickey Rourke‘s Marv? Well, like he says, “Just another Saturday night.”

Catwoman Covers Detective Comics #27

catwomancvrThe latest reboot of DC Comics’ flagship Detective Comics title reaches the culturally significant milestone issue No. 27 soon, and so modern legend artist Frank Miller was commissioned to create a two-page spread for the interior of the issue featuring Catwoman.

The original Detective Comics #27, published in May 1939, featured the debut of Batman — called “The Bat-Man” — as well as the first appearance of Commissioner Gordon.

The big wigs at DC decided that the Miller image should become a variant cover. Then that variant cover was canceled (allegedly over a dispute between DC and Miller over increased compensation for bumping the drawing to coveted cover status).

Then retailers revolted over the cancellation, because orders were placed on the basis of getting a highly desirable and collectable (read: license to print money) Frank Miller variant cover.
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Finally: a Synopsis for The Wolverine

Seems like we’ve been hearing about The Wolverine — the sequel no one demanded to the wet-noodle 2009 flick X-Men Origins: Wolverine — for almost forever, but specific details about the flick have been lacking. Until now.

The (otherwise lame) official Facebook page for The Wolverine now offers a story synopsis. To wit:

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.

The flick is still shooting under the direction of James Mangold (Cop Land), and (of course) stars Hugh Jackman, who insists the movie is not connected to X-MO:W. He told an interviewer:

“We’ve deliberately not called it Wolverine 2 because we want it to be placed and feel like a standalone picture. With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it’s going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic. The approach to character means we won’t be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it’ll be more character-based. I think in many ways it will fell like a completely different X-Men film.”

Word is the storyline is based on Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s 1982 Wolverine comic book miniseries, which would be jake in my book. Starting with a good comics story at least gives the movie a solid base on which to build. (Something X-MO:W lacked.)

The Wolverine is slated to open July 26, 2013.