Score one for equality! Well, kind of. Fresh out of Comic-Con comes a brand new red band trailer for Robert Rodriguez’ and Frank Miller‘s Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (does this call for a “DOTPOTA” style acronym? “FMSCADTKF”? sounds like a bad governmental agency), one that applies just a smidge of the same lascivious behavior normally heaped on the ladies of the franchise to one of its (new) leading men. That’s right, folks, we’ve still got tons of brazen babes bounding around (most of them on a literal stripper walk, because), but now we’ve also got Josh Brolin‘s bare ass to ogle. And, no, we still have zero idea what this film is about, at least going by the trailers alone, which seem to exist just to remind us that some dames are worth…wait for it…killing for.
Let’s figure this thing out, okay? Back to Basin City, after the break:
The second film in the hey-now-it’s-a-franchise Sin City franchise slips between time periods, taking place both before and after the events of Sin City. Made up of four Frank Miller stories — “A Dame to Kill For” and “Just Another Saturday Night” are existing properties, while Miller penned “The Long Bad Night” and “The Fat Kill” specifically for the film — FMSCADTKF takes back inside the dark, deep, kind gross underground of Basin City. The stories that comprise the film tangle back and forth together, although it seems that most of the film focuses on an origin story of sorts for Dwight McCarthy (Brolin), more bad deeds by the evil Senator Roark (Powers Boothe) and a really super-mad Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba).
Everyone is mad and everyone is in trouble, that’s all you need to know. Also, apparently Josh Brolin’s butt makes more than a few appearances, which is notable enough that it’s featured in this new red band trailer. Shrug.
What FMSCADTKF really has to offer, though, is the over-the-top and consistently impressive visual style of the Sin City films, the closet cinematic approximation of actual comic book-reading that we’ve got right now. Zing! Bam! Ouch! Star shapes! That stuff is very much on display here, and even if the story seems muddled and lacking, Sin City has never looked crisper and more admirably cartoonish.
The film features a massive cast (most of whom are, quite impressively, featured at least somewhere in this trailer), including Mickey Rourke, Alba, Brolin (who replaces Clive Owen from the previous film), Boothe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Dennis Haysbert, Martin Csokas, Rosario Dawson, Jamie Chung (who is stepping in for Devon Aoki from the first film), Jamie King, Alexa Vega, Julia Garner, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach and Jude Ciccolella.
Surely, one of these people has to do something in this film that doesn’t call for a tight outfit and lots of stomping around in high heels, but we really can’t be sure just yet.
Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For — sorry, FMSCADTKF — will hit theaters on August 22nd. Make sure to bring you best trench coat and lingering sneer.