The summer movie season technically doesn’t wrap until Labor Day weekend, but The Expendables 2 will round out this year’s slate of brazen blockbusters by mid-August.

Buzz surrounding the manly action-palooza seems optimistic right now, despite the overall mixed reception for its predecessor. Chalk that up to the Expendables sequel’s casting additions – including, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, and Scott Adkins – and Simon West (Con Air, The Mechanic) taking over as director.

Previous Expendables 2 promotional materials have essentially revolved around certain themes, be they “Old-school Action Heroes Unite” or “There Will Be Explosions.” Today, we have a collection of Expendables 2 photos where the theme appears to be “Warriors With Weapons.” That doesn’t include the new pics of female Expendable Yu Nan (who’s holding some sort of tablet device – ?) – and Sylvester Stallone, who pretty much is a biological weapon, at this point in his career.

Check out those new Expendables 2 screenshots in the gallery below (click any thumbnail for the full version):

Expendables 2 is said to embrace the “This Time It’s Personal!” logline that was all the rage for sequels back during the heyday of testosterone-fueled action films (in the 1980s and ’90s). The idea is that the titular crew of craggy mercenaries set out to take down a megalomaniacal arms dealer (Van Damme) who’s responsible for the death of one of their own. As many people have already observed, the odds do not appear to be in star Jet Li’s favor (Hunger Games reference intended), as far as making it out of the Expendables sequel alive. Li’s conspicuous absence in the latest image gallery only adds fuel to that fire (re: speculation).

The Expendables 2 begins a theatrical release around the U.S. on August 17th, 2012.

Source: Omelete