For some reason, this week has been filled with new photos from some highly anticipated movies: we’ve already had an amazing new Iron Man 2 image; our first image from Shrek Forever After; and a look at a toy figure of the new Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street remake.

To continue today’s trend, some new images have been released for two comic book adaptations, the dark Western, Jonah Hex, and the Special Forces team movie, The Losers. Both are definitely on my most anticipated list, so it’s nice to see some new pics from them – in fact, as far as we know they are the first official ones from each movie.

Jonah Hex

Jonah Hex is a dark and gritty Western comic book adaptation directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!) and starring Josh Brolin, Megan Fox and John Malkovich. It’s based on a DC comic series by the same name about a horribly scarred antihero who’s described as “a rough-and-tumble gunslinger and part-time bounty hunter whose adventures always ended in blood.”

The first poster was revealed this summer at Comic-Con, and now we have what appears to be the first official non-poster image from the movie, courtesy of Omelete. As /Film‘s Brendon Connolly points out, it’s maybe some sort of makeup/effects test, particularly because of the plain black background. Check it out for yourself and see what you think:

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It’s not exactly the best view of Brolin as the titular antihero (as you can see his hat shrewdly masks half his face), but it’s certainly more than what we got with the teaser poster. I’m really liking the look of the No Country for Old Men star in this Western role – I wasn’t entirely sure about him to begin with but he’s crushed any doubts I may have had. Is that the case for you, too?

The Losers

Now onto a couple of new pics from the upcoming comic book adaptation, The Losers, which has quite a big cast that includes the likes of Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Comedian from Watchmen), Zoe Saldana (our new Uhura from Star Trek), Idris Elba (The Wire, RocknRolla), Chris Evans (Human Torch from Fantastic Four), Columbus Short (Whiteout, Armored) and Jason Patric (Narc).

Based on a DC/Vertigo comic series which ran from 2003-2006, The Losers follows an ex-CIA Black Ops team who seek out revenge on the mysterious Max (Patric), their former handler who betrayed them.

We’ve seen some set photos from the film over the past few months, but we now have a couple of new and better looks at the film via the first official images from it. They feature the team altogether, and one of Saldana specifically wielding two handguns, presumably taking control of two targets to her right and left. Check them both out below, again thanks to Omelete (click for larger versions):

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I’ve never read The Losers comic, but it certainly sounds like an idea which has potential to be one slick and fun action movie (it reminds me of Smokin’ Aces for whatever reason). And it’s sporting quite a cast, with Morgan and Elba (the latter played Stringer Bell on the phenomenal HBO series, The Wire) standing out for me. Those who have read the comic may be more skeptical of them adapting this one, but as one of the “happy ignorant” I’m really looking forward to it.

What do you think of the first official images from Jonah Hex and The Losers? Which are you looking forward to more? Are you familiar with either of the original comic series?

Jonah Hex is set to hit theaters on June 18th, 2010 (after being moved from August later that year).

The Losers is set for an April 9th, 2010 release.

Sources: Omelete (thanks to /Film)