It’s not all “just” super-powered heroes, robotic aliens, intergalactic warriors, and mutant reptiles, as far as what the Summer 2014 action movie crop has to offer. There’s also some nice vintage machismo to choose from, as is presented this year in the form of The Expendables 3: the third installment in the Sly Stallone (and his buddies) throwback franchise.

Every one of the Expendables films has been sold on the size and combined strength of their ensemble cast (in terms of the player’s literal muscle and remaining box office draw). This upcoming third chapter has upped the body count even higher, in order to incorporate some “fresh blood” in the shapes of old-school tough guys and some well-sculpted youth on the side. Hence, Lionsgate unveiled 16 different character posters for the movie’s individual main players earlier this week.

Similarly, a second trailer for Expendables 3 has been released online – you can watch it above thanks to Yahoo! Movies – though, much like the first teaser, this preview is primarily concerned with reminding you of all the name actors who are onboard for this installment. There is some actual footage from the movie this time, however, and while it’s not enough to properly gauge director Patrick Hughes’ (Red Hill) visual approach, what we do see appears to be shinier, smoother around the edges, and overall polished than some of the cinematography from previous Expendables movies.

Expendables 1 arguably went overboard on the herky-jerky camerawork/editing, while Expendables 2 featured better-staged action and set pieces, though also distractingly grainy imagery at times. The director of photography on Expendables 3 is Peter Menzies Jr., who also shot The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans (2010); those films were usually pretty solid as far as visual clarity goes (well, unless you watched Clash in 3D anyway), and in the “Roll Call” trailer what little action footage we see looks to have been filmed at spacious angles – the kind that may better allow you to appreciate Sly and Co. blowing up/shooting everything in sight.

Stallone co-wrote Expendables 3 with Katrin Benedikt and Creighton Rothenberger, the duo behind last year’s fun 1990s throwback Olympus Has Fallen, which bodes well for their work on this vintage action franchise. Add that to a bigger (and badder) cast and – fingers crossed – better direction, and if this is indeed the “last ride” for this series, then it seems things may well go out with an impressive bang.

The Expendables 3 opens in U.S. theaters on August 15th, 2014.

Source: Yahoo! Movies