This summer’s selection of comic book movies is largely populated by PG-13 superheroes, but swooping in towards the end of the season on stylized black-and-white (plus a few dashes of color) is Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s action crime sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, based on Miller’s comic book series.

The first trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For promised plenty of the usual Rodriguez and Miller themes: sex, violence, more violence, some more sex, a drop or two of booze and then a bit more violence to top it all off. The film features a mix of returning and new cast members, including Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson among the former group and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Eva Green in the latter. Josh Brolin has taken over the role of Dwight McCarthy from Clive Owen, and pop sensation Lady Gaga will also have a cameo role.

Some new stills from Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, along with a behind-the-scenes photo of Miller and Rodriguez with Mickey Rourke, have now emerged over at Entertainment Weekly. Gordon-Levitt plays a new character called Johnny, and the stills of him framed against an overcast sky and driving around the city are almost certainly going to end up being photoshopped into Nightwing fan art. It’s a shame that he has no current plans to return to the DC universe.

The images also include two very different versions of Nancy, who suffered through a lot of hardship and tragedy during the last movie. Alba has said that Sin City: A Dame to Kill For will see her leaving behind both bliss and ignorance, but also “transition[ing] from being a victim to being someone who’s in control of her own story.”

Rodriguez’s most recent directorial effort, Machete Kills, left us underwhelmed and Miller’s only solo directing effort so far, The Spirit, was widely slammed by critics. Nonetheless, Sin City was a genuinely great collaboration between the two creatives and it will be interesting to see if their latest pulp fiction offering lives up to its predecessor.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens in U.S. theaters on August 22nd, 2014.

Source: Entertainment Weekly