The battle between Predator and Man gets an upgrade this summer in 20th Century Fox’s Predators, the new sci-fi/action thriller that is being produced by potential Deadpool director Robert Rodriguez and helmed by Nimród Antal (Armored).

We now have an excellent photo gallery for Predators that includes several detailed pics of the alien hunters’ slightly improved (but still recognizable) design – not to mention images of the human characters looking understandably distressed about their current circumstances.

Here’s the official description of the film, for those not in the know:

A bold new chapter in the Predator universe, Predators was shot on location under Rodriguez’s creative auspices at the filmmaker’s Austin-based Troublemaker Studios, and is directed by Nimród Antal.

The film stars Adrien Brody as Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they’ve been brought together on an alien planet… as prey.  With the exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers – mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members – human “predators” that are now being systematically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators.

In addition to Brody, the film stars Topher Grace, Alice Braga, and Laurence Fishburne. Co-starring are Walton Goggins, Danny Trejo, Oleg Taktarov and Mahershalalhashbaz Ali.

The second Predators trailer was big on the foreboding atmosphere and dark, grainy visual design of the film, which itself looks to be more of a white-knuckle thriller than a non-stop shoot ’em up.  These new movie stills offer an even better look at the flick’s top-notch production values and improved Predator design – enticing, to say the least.

You can check out the new Predators photo gallery below:

So what do you think?  Do the Predators look even more intimidating than before?  How about their new human “prey?”  Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Predators attacks theaters in the U.S. on July 9th, 2010.

Source: (via /Film)