It was a decade ago when the first Sin City movie - directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's adaptation of Miller's stylized neo-Noir graphic novels - premiered its first footage at the International Comic-Con. Jump to 2014 and the sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, returned to Hall H at the San Diego 'Con, with Miller and Rodriguez in attendance to promote the long-awaited second installment of stories set in the Sin City cinematic universe.
Rodriguez and Miller were the first to take the stage in Hall H during the Sin City 2 panel, with the latter earning much applause from the audience when his work in the Batman comic book world (see: Batman: Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, etc.) was brought up during the panel discussion. Miller talked a bit about his time working in the comics and film industries alike, before the audience was shown the opening minutes from A Dame to Kill For.
The Sin City movie sequel begins with a sequence that was adapted from Miller's Sin City comic book story "Just Another Saturday Night", with Marv (Mickey Rourke) encountering - and then slaughtering - a pack of vicious frat boys, who are attempting to light a living homeless man on fire. Said footage also included Jessica Alba, back as Nancy Callahan - who, in this Sin City installment, gets to be the protagonist in her own segment (an original story cooked up by Miller), in addition to showing up as a supporting player in other portions of the movie.
Alba, along with her costars Rosario Dawson (Gale) and Josh Brolin (Dwight - the role Clive Owen played in the first movie), then joined Rodriguez and Miller onstage, to further discuss the film. Some of the more noteworthy bits of trivia, details, and information that the A Dame to Kill For cast and crew provided include the following:
- Josh Brolin was excited to get the chance to work alongside Rourke, but due to the nature of the filming process on the Sin City sequel (where actors are often filmed against green screen backdrops by themselves), the pair never crossed paths in the real world - even though their characters cross paths in the actual movie.
- Rosario Dawson wasn't supposed to shave her head to play Gale, but showed up on set with her head half-shaven - since she didn't want fans to think she wasn't "bringing it."
- Alba on A Dame to Kill For and her reason for making another Sin City film: "I wanted to kick ass."
- Rodriguez composed some 80% of the film's score sample using his smart phone, before he put the soundtrack properly together.
Miller also mentioned that there will "inevitably" be another Sin City comic book, before the possibly of Sin City 3 - which Rodriguez and Miller have already started to develop (at least, brainstorm ideas for) - was brought up. Miller promised that if the Sin City movie threequel does happen, then "I'll be damned if it takes us nine years for the next one!" Rodriguez has said before that a third Sin City film "could go as soon as we want to," but the box office turnout will ultimately decided whether or not they take the steps necessary for that to happen.
Thereafter, an extended trailer for A Dame to Kill For was shown (set to "Babes" by Icky Blossoms) - one that should make its way online sooner than later, given how close the film's theatrical release date is. Finally, the panel concluded with the promise that Sin City 3 will be coming (soon?) to a future San Diego Comic-Con.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens in U.S. theaters on August 22nd, 2014.