Warner Bros. has delivered the goods on several hotly anticipated properties at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, from an early teaser for Batman v Superman to new Arrow details to our first look at Gal Gadot as the first ever big screen incarnation of Wonder Woman.
WB's Comic-Con offerings aren't all comic book-related, though. Australian director George Miller's Mad Max franchise is getting a third sequel thirty years after Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, then-star Mel Gibson's third outing as the titular survivalist in an unrelentingly grim post-apocalyptic future.
Mad Max: Fury Road stars Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as Max Rockatansky and Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa in a story that picks up shortly after the events of the first film, with Max still reeling from the deaths of his wife and child. He crosses paths with Theron's Furiosa, who is obsessed with returning to her childhood homeland, but has new enemy Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) on her trail.
Given the long development period and relative secrecy surrounding the project, it's amazing we even know that much about it. Early reviews have been positive, and now we have several new posters along with a recap of the panel presentation for Mad Max: Fury Road, courtesy of Coming Soon.
First, take a look at the character-centric posters, featuring turn Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, an unrecognizable Nicholas Hoult as Nux, and Hugh Keays-Byrne:
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The Warner Bros. Comic-Con panel chugged through an impressive series of presentations in two hours or so, with the Mad Max portion opening with dust-choked footage of the film's logo and the tagline "Fire. Blood. Oil." Star Charlize Theron sent a video greeting from South Africa, saying, "The idea of working with a filmmaker like George and attempting to reimagine this world was just an [amazing opportunity.]"
A video recap of the previous three films in the franchise segued into footage from Fury Road, what was described as an "incredible" tracking shot down a canyon, following a series of "20 - 30" larger-than-life, dystopian vehicles. Director George Miller then took the stage, saying that the story for the new film wouldn't leave his head.
The sustained Fury Road footage featured incredible-sounding cinematography and introduced Max before throwing viewers headlong into a massive car chase in the desert, with Hoult's character pursued by a line of suitably Mad Max-ian vehicles through a desert beset by tornadoes, with some of the cars being tossed into the sky. According to the tagline, "The world belongs to the Mad."
Director Miller finished off the Fury Road portion of the panel by confirming that Theron's character Furiousa is the "boss of a war rig, moving across the wasteland." Max wants to be left alone but winds up dragged into the situation.
From the sound of things, longtime Mad Max fans and anyone else who enjoys a good, dirty post-apocalyptic throwdown with epic chase scenes will have plenty to look forward to in Fury Road.
While original star Mel Gibson will not appear in any way, no one who has seen this early footage seems to mind too much. Can Tom Hardy resurrect this franchise and character while honoring the legacy? We'll find out next year.
Mad Max: Fury Road opens in U.S. theaters on May 15th, 2015.