It really is like three and a half minutes of direct access to Miller's brain. Whether or not that's a positive thing is up to you.
Miller certainly puts it all on front street. In fact, he and co-director Robert Rodriguez make sure that their shared cameo is the very first thing in the trailer, just in case anybody's confused about who made this loving tribute to beautiful women being dangerous in black and white.
Not that there was going to be any confusion. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For takes the aesthetic of 2005's Sin City, a super-literal adaptation of Miller's Dark Horse comics, and doubles down on it, packing the film with flashy CGI stylization, gyrating women, naked women in silhouette, gun-toting women in leather fetish gear, women in bed, women on stage, women with swords, women on motorcycles, and so on and so forth.
Miller, Rodriguez, and Josh Brolin were joined on stage in Hall H by a pair of exceedingly lovely women: Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson, who return as Nancy Callahan and Gail, respectively
A Dame to Kill For finds Nancy finally getting fed up with the men of Basin City and setting out for violent revenge against Senator Roark (Powers Booth). Everyone on the panel sang Alba's praises, saying she faithfully executed choreography based off Miller's art and stayed in character so convincingly that the filmmakers weren't sure she liked them on set.
She makes an impression in this extended trailer, which feels like 2005 all over again:
Oh hey, it's Lady Gaga, who appeared in Rodriguez's last movie, Machete Kills.
On the panel, Dawson voiced her sincere hope that she brought the same level of ferocity to Gail a decade after first playing the character.
Brolin, meanwhile, discussed the awkwardness of Miller and Rodriguez's green screen approach to adaptation. And he mentioned that his desire to act against Mickey Rourke remains unfulfilled despite the two sharing scenes in A Dame to Kill For. Part of the way these Sin City pictures get such astonishing casts is by shooting actors on their own then dropping them into scenes digitally, simplifying schedules enormously. Bummer for Brolin, though.
Brolin, who also showed up for Marvel's big panel on Saturday, stars as Dwight, the same character played by Clive Owen in the original. Rodriguez revealed that Brolin was, in fact, his first choice to play the role a decade ago. This earlier story finds Dwight, a photographer, lured into a dangerous and deadly game by Ava Lord, the titular dame to kill for.
Eva Green, who also starred in this year's Millerian adaptation 300: Rise of an Empire, plays Lord, and everyone on the panel sang her praises.
Miller also talked about creating an entirely new Basin City story for Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Johnny, a hardcore gambling with an audacious plan.
The cast this time also includes newcomers Dennis Haysbert, Jamie Chung, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, Christopher Meloni, Julia Garner, and Jeremy Piven.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens nationwide in 2D and 3D on August 22nd. If it performs well commercially, then more will be on the way, as Miller confirmed that Sin City 3 is in the works.