Iron Man and Superman’s latest adventures were also their most grim to date, and the comic book movie crowd is only going to become more dark and twisted over the forthcoming months (see: The Wolverine and Kick-Ass 2). For some, this was all part of the warmup for this October’s helping of brutal violence, when Frank Miller’s graphic novel neo-Noir Sin City would return to the big screen under Robert Rodriguez’ direction, in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
However, those anxiously waiting to see the overdue Sin City movie sequel will have to keep being patient, now that the film has been pushed back another year from October 2013 to August 2014. Dimension Films and the Weinstein Company have yet to give an official reason for the delay, at the time of writing this; meanwhile, Rodriguez is still going to release his first non-Spy Kids movie in three years this September, in the shape of the Grindhouse throwback sequel Machete Kills.
The Sin City sequel, like its predecessor, is a collection of short stories that jump back and forth in time, but are woven together by the various inhabitants of Basin City. Miller’s “A Dame to Kill For” comic story serves as the unifying thread, with Josh Brolin playing Dwight McCarthy – the younger version of Clive Owen’s character in the first movie – and Eva Green as the femme fatale Ava Lord. Miller wrote some original story material for Rodriguez’ sequel, alongside Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan (of The Departed fame).
It’s possible that Dimenson and the Weinsteins decided that Sin City 2 would fare better during the dog days of Summer, as opposed to an early Fall launch date (a spot which failed to serve last year’s violent Dredd comic book adaptation well). Warner Bros. has postponed 300: Rise of an Empire – which is another Miller comic adaptation starring Green – from this August until March of next year; that may have, likewise, affected the decision to delay the Sin City sequel… again.
A Dame to Kill For reunites Rodriguez and Miller with several of the cast members from the first Sin City film (including Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis), in addition to talented new players like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ray Liotta, among others. Nonetheless, it’s hard to shake that feeling that Sin City released at the right time – during the modern comic book movie renaissance – and that Rodriguez’ attempt to top that film’s extreme stylization by incorporating 3D just won’t have the same impact (regardless of how well it’s done).
Similarly, it’s fair to say that many people has abandoned their faith in Miller’s storytelling abilities, after his writing-directing film debut on The Spirit and recent comic book work (see: “All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder”); that Sin City 2 includes newly-written material from Miller, won’t help the film’s cause in that regard (even when taking into consideration that Monahan handled revisions on the script).
By comparison, the next 300 installment – based on Miller’s “Xerxes” comic book – was co-adapted for the screen by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad, but Snyder had to pass over the director responsibilities to Noam Murro (Smart People). Last week, the Rise of an Empire trailer premiered and managed to surpass many a film buff’s expectations (which, admittedly, wasn’t all that difficult); yet, the footage on display wasn’t impressive enough to really ease the general concerns that maybe 300 should’ve been a one-off movie.
How about it: are you still excited to see both the Sin City and 300 (pseudo-)sequels on the big screen? Or have you jumped off these bandwagons, given how much time has passed since the first movies – Sin City released in 2005, 300 in 2007 – and the increasingly dubious quality of Miller’s comic book writing over the past decade?
300: Rise of an Empire opens in U.S. theaters on March 7th, 2014.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For arrives in theaters on August 22nd, 2014.
Source: Exhibitor Relations