A Dame to Kill For: Sin City Fans, Get Your Guns Out

The trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For came out last week, news that fans of the comic book or first film will undoubtedly be either very excited for or mildly disappointed by. The Sin City comic book franchise has a hefty pool of content for the films to pull from, and there are bound to be favorites and preferences neglected. That said, Frank Miller, writer of the graphic novels, the screenplay, and co-director of the film, helps to imbue waiting audiences with some confidence in the film-makers’ choices.

The movie will be based on a mix of comics, including A Dame to Kill For, and will re-introduce some old faces, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Johnny, Jessica Alba as Nancy, Bruce Willis as John Hartigan, Mickey Rourke as Marv, Jaime King as both Goldie and Wendy, and Rosario Dawson as Gail. Some fresh faces will also be added, with stars such as Lady Gaga, Stacy Keach, and Christopher Meloni added to the film’s cast.

The movie looks to be retaining the same stylistic comic-book color scheme and dialogue, which, while new in the first film, has been re-used for other films at this point. Movies like The Spirit, 300, and Watchmen have used similar stylistic effects, meaning some of the novelty will have worn off. Still, the name of Sin City still resonates as a comic book orgy of artistic violence and sex and will undoubtedly draw an audience — even if it doesn’t manage the domestic gross of $74.1 million that the first film did.

In comparison to its predecessor, 300: Rise of An Empire did see lower ticket sales for opening weekend. But Rise of An Empire was very much a second film in the chronology, a follow up to the big blowout in the first movie — a revenge film through and through. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is not a sequel so much as a mixed prequel — as you may have guessed from the return of a number of dead characters. Because of this, it seems more likely to draw a comparable audience and revenue.

Robert Rodriguez, co-director alongside Frank Miller, said the second film would be more representative of what they wanted to make initially in 2005, in an interview with Film School Rejects. “The first Sin City was such an experiment. We weren’t sure what audiences would accept, because it was just completely different. They liked it, so could push it forward and do more what I wanted of the first time,” said Rodriguez, who has also been involved in films such as GrindhousePlanet Terror, and Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

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