George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road is part reboot, part continuation of the post-apocalyptic sci-fi/action franchise that the filmmaker started in the late 1970s (with Mel Gibson playing Max “The Road Warrior” Rockatansky), and hasn’t released a new installment for in thirty years, come 2015. It wasn’t all clear skies once Fury Road finally began shooting either, but after a longer-than-expected production the film is now well along into post-production – enough so for Warner Bros. to present it at the studio’s San Diego Comic-Con panel this year.

Miller is attending the 2014 ‘Con to promote Fury Road, while rumor has it that he may be accompanied by some of the film’s cast – including, leads Tom Hardy (the new Mad Max) and Charlize Theron. We’ve already seen a handful of promotional images from the movie, but now several of those same pics have been released in high-resolution, non-watermarked form – along with the first poster for Fury Road, bearing the familiar (and just a tad ironic) tagline “What a lovely day.”

Also pictured in the Fury Road image/poster gallery below, along with Hardy and Theron, is one Nicholas Hoult; the X-Men star looks decidedly more deranged here than he normally does in his film appearances (appropriately so, though), while many fans have already voiced their approval of Fury Road‘s threatening futuristic world design and how much Miller is relying on convincingly scuzzy-looking post-civilization vehicular set pieces, for his new thrill ride creation.

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Dystopian science-fiction is practically its own genre (rather than a sub-genre of sci-fi) nowadays, though Fury Road looks to have the distinction of being a properly visceral, non-stop journey through a brutal, twisted, (absence of) civilization – like the most action-packed parts of Snowpiercer, albeit painted on a larger western-esque canvas. Those who attend WB’s panel in Hall H at Comic-Con should get to see a footage sizzle reel from the film – we’ll find out soon if this ultimately helps or hurts Fury Road at building positive buzz, depending on how the material plays out with the ‘Con crowd.

Mad Max: Fury Road opens in U.S. theaters on May 15th, 2015.

Source: Warner Bros.