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Frank Miller Revisiting Batman With Second 'Dark Knight' Sequel

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Frank Miller is going back to Batman. DC have announced that the man behind 1986 classic The Dark Knight Returns is writing a second sequel to his seminal work titled The Dark Knight III: The Master Race, to mark the 30th anniversary of the original series.

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Miller will not be working alone on the miniseries and he will be joined by 100 Bulllets and Wonder Woman writer Brian Azzarello. The series is said to consist of eight issues and will be published twice a month, according to a press release by DC.

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Review


It's taken nearly 10 years for filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and graphic novelist Frank Miller to get around to making this sequel, but it was worth the wait because the technical advancements make this second triptych of stories even more visually stunning, and the emotional resonance is even stronger. This is a lean, mean noir thriller that doesn't waste a single moment as it rips through three interlocking plots that centre on revenge for the events of the first movie.

Two people are out to get even with the ruthlessly nasty politician Roark (Powers Booth). Watched over by the hulking Marv (Mickey Rourke), gun-toting stripper Nancy (Jessica Alba) is still heartbroken after Roark killed her beloved Hartigan (Bruce Willis), who appears to her as a ghostly apparition. And Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is determined to bring Roark down by humiliating him at his own high-stakes poker game, even though merely having uncanny good luck might not be enough. But the main story centres on private eye Dwight (Josh Brolin), who is stopped in his tracks when he encounters his old flame Ava (Eva Green), a bombshell who has power over most men she meets. She asks for help with a domestic problem, and Dwight is powerless to walk away even though he knows something is fishy.

As before, these stories unfold exactly as they would in a graphic novel, with blunt dialogue and strikingly visual imagery black and white that's spotted with flashes of colour. Aside from Ava's blue coat, that colour is usually red: hair, nails, lips, but not blood, which splashes in glaring white. It looks fantastic in (ahem) eye-popping 3D. And it's fiercely violent as death hovers around the residents of Basin City, especially the lawless Old Town district. But there's just as much emphasis on surging passion, including some surprisingly graphic sexuality that plays up how helpless men are around a scantily clad woman. Indeed, it's rare to see an action film in which the women are so resolutely in charge.

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'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' Premiere held at the TCL Chinese Theatre - Arrivals

Frank Miller, Mickey Rourke and Danny Trejo - Various celebrities turned out for the premiere of 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. The film stars Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis and more. The premiere was held at the TCL Chinese Theatre - Arrivals - Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 20th August 2014

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Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez

Premiere of 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' - Arrivals

Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez - Premiere of 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' held at the TCL Chinese Theatre - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 19th August 2014

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Apple Store Soho Presents a Q&A with Frank Miller

Frank Miller - A Q&A session at the Apple store Soho with the American Writer, Artist and Director Frank Miller who's work includes Holy Terror, Born Again and A Dame to Kill For at 103 Prince St New York City - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 12th August 2014

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Sin City meet and greet and photocall at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con

Jessica Alba, Frank Miller, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson and Robert Rodriguez - Jessica Alba, Frank Miller, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson und Robert Rodriguez at a Sin City meet and greet and photocall at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con - San Diego, California, United States - Sunday 27th July 2014

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Ava Lord Is The Dame To Kill For in The 'Sin City 2' Trailer [Trailer + Pictures]

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Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill for has a brand new trailer, featuring an extensive look at the predominantly black & white art-house, film-noir, super-violent, based-on the-comics-of-Frank-Miller, stylised thriller. It’s Sin City; let’s all kill this one dude. 

Sin City 2Joseph Gordon Levitt has some revenge to take in Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven and Lady GaGa are all newcomers, while Micky Rourke, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King and Powers Boothe are all returning to the franchise.

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Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For - International Trailer

It's all about revenge in Sin City now as the wounded (both physically and mentally) set out on a trail of death and destruction in a bid to make sure justice is served in their town. Dwight McCarthy is on another rescue mission to save an abused wife as Ava Lord claims she is a prisoner at the hands of her wealthy husband Damien. Unfortunately, it seems her intentions are of the dishonest kind. Thought to be have been executed, Marv wakes up among several corpses with little memory of his alleged crimes, but a strong desire for vengeance. Nancy is heartbroken to the point of insanity following  police officer John Hartigan's suicide, and there's no stopping her when she decides to sentence the father of child-killer Roark Junior, Senator Roark, to death. Notorious gambler Johnny is a newbie in the town with his own scores to settle, but it isn't long before he realises he's messing with criminals much bigger than him.

The second instalment of the 'Sin City' film franchise 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' is due for release nearly ten years following the 2005 original. Author of the original graphic novel Frank Miller ('300', 'Batman: The Dark Knight Returns', 'Daredevil: Born Again') has adapted the screenplay and co-directs the movie with Robert Rodriguez ('Machete', 'Once Upon a Time in Mexico', 'From Dusk Till Dawn'). 'Sin City 2' is set to hit UK screens on August 25th 2014.

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Trailer

The everlasting trail of violence, death and deceit continues with the return of several characters from the original ‘Sin City’ movie. Dwight McCarthy is back, this time running to the rescue of his ex-girlfriend Ava Lord who claims she is being abused by her wealthy husband Damien; he has his own reasons for wanting to help her, but he could be in for a nasty surprise. The framed and punished Marv wakes up after supposed execution by electric chair only to find that he is lying amongst several dead bodies and can’t remember how he ended up there. Following, her near miss at the hands of serial child-killer Roark Junior, Nancy struggles to deal with the painful death of her rescuer, police officer John Hartigan. Plus, a new face shows up in Sin City, a gambler named Johnny who lands himself in mortal danger when he tries to take on the town’s most formidable villain.

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'300: The Rise of a Franchise'

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After the unexpected success of 300 back in 2007, everyone scrambled to create a sequel. Based on a battle in Greek history in which everyone dies at the end, following it up was always going to be tricky. But the film was also based on Frank Miller and Lynn Varley's comic book version of those historical events.

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So the filmmakers turned to Miller for inspiration, and he in turn wrote a new graphic novel called Xerses, centred around the battles of Artemisium. Instead of a sequel, this new film takes place at the same time as the events of 300, but on a completely different front: at sea against Xerses' military commander Artemisia (played by glowering scene-stealer Eva Green).

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Did '300: Rise of an Empire' Writers Forget To Pen A Decent Script?

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Based on Frank Miller's latest graphic novel Xerxes, 300: Rise of an Empire hits theaters in the U.S this weekend and continuing the blockbusting 300 saga. The latest move pits Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton)  against a massive charge of invading Persian forces, which sounds great, but did the writers forget to provide anything besides visually spectacular battle scenes?

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Our very own Rich Cline said: " the end, it's the limp plot and soggy fake-Shakespearean dialog that sinks the movie. Although fans of torso porn will be looking forward to another chapter."

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Superman And Batman Set To Team Up In 2015 'Man Of Steel' Sequel

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Warner Bros. announced, during their Comic-Con panel appearance, that Henry Cavill would be reprising his role as Superman. However Batman will also be dropping in to lend a helping hand. It will be the first time the caped heroes have appeared together on the big screen.

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Henry Cavill at the Australian premiere of Superman: Man of Steel.

Many comic-book fans have welcomed the announced as it is a step towards such DC 'Avengers-like' teams as the Justice League. Marvel's superheroes are considerable more integrated with references to the various Avengers in their individual films. A Justice League movie was rumoured to be in production earlier this year, following the success of Superman: Man of Steel, however Cavill confirmed no such film had been mentioned to him. Should the Justice League movie be shot, it would feature a team of superheroes including Superman, Batman, The Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Aquaman. 

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The Spirit Review

It's been too long since we've had a proper comic book superhero on the screen. There's been enough of them running around and bashing up the bad guys in a CGI-enhanced fashion, that's for sure. But it's hard to look at the recent cinematic incarnations of Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne and call them "superheroes;" even if they keep their identities secret and have nifty outfits. "Billionaire action figures" would be more appropriate, what with all their high-priced gadgetry and super-duper hideouts. Whatever happened to the caped heroes who kept an eye on the city's dark alleys and took out the bad guys with nothing more than a sock to the jaw?

Frank Miller's jazzy The Spirit answers that question with a cocky wink and a grin. The streets of Central City are almost always dark and threatening, but they're watched over by a guardian who used to be a cop named Denny Colt (Gabriel Macht, wonderfully deadpan). One near-death experience later and Colt has dug himself out of his own grave. He then decides to serve the city as a masked avenger known as The Spirit, whose only weapons are a newfound ability to absorb ridiculous amounts of punishment and his fists.

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Picture - Frank Miller London, England, Thursday 4th December 2008

Frank Miller Thursday 4th December 2008 The Spirit - launch party held at the Old Sorting Office London, England

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300 Review

Everything old is new again in 300, director Zack Snyder's account of the barbaric Battle of Thermopylae, a film that is ridiculously stylish and commendably substantive. I expected the former (Snyder's source material is a graphic novel from cult hero Frank Miller) and was delighted by the latter, as 300 winds up being far more original than I thought possible.

Like Robert Rodriguez in Sin City, Snyder employs cutting-edge visual technology and green-screen effects to essentially photocopy Miller's acclaimed work of the same name. Because Miller's graphic novels have been fountains of inspiration for a handful of recent directors, his style has become overly identifiable. Splotches of crimson (usually blood) stain sun-dried backdrops as impossibly chiseled warriors fight long past their dying breath. That's 300 in a nutshell, though Snyder's tight epic additionally bathes in every tired cliché of the warrior genre, yet somehow makes it all seem fresh.

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