‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ animated gifs: Jessica Alba center stage

May 16, 2014 | 11:44 a.m.

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It’s been nearly a decade, but Jessica Alba is back at the bump ‘n’ grind.

Reprising the 2005 role she so memorably inhabited in “Frank Miller’s Sin City” – an exotic dancer with a shadowy past, a pair of butt-less chaps and a rhinestone bustier – the lithesome actress can be seen revealing her assets in one of a newly released series of GIFs for that hard-boiled neo-noir thriller’s sequel, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” which hits theaters Aug. 22.

As with the earlier film, “Dame” is co-directed by Robert Rodriguez (behind the 1996 vampire romp “From Dusk Till Dawn” and the hit “Spy Kids” film franchise) and iconic graphic novelist Frank Miller, who first broke through as a filmmaker with a co-director credit on the original “Sin City,” an adaptation of his 1991 serial of the same name.

Then, as now, Sin City is a world of dive bars, dark allies and startling ultra-violence where man’s basest instincts toward cruelty play out in starkly rendered black and white — with occasional bursts of crimson arterial splatter – a visual style with a heavy debt to the interplay between light and negative space in Miller’s graphic novels.

In “Dame,” Josh Brolin picks up where Clive Owen left off in the first “Sin City,” portraying the gone-to-seed private eye Dwight McCarthy, who finds himself being marked for death by Ava Lord (Eva Green), the only woman he ever loved, in the new movie.

But short-haired, shirtless and plummeting into some kind of godless void, Brolin’s character appears to be headed for something less than a happy ending in his “Dame to Kill For” GIF. (Check out his and several of the others below.)

Miller famously wrote and drew “Sin City” in 1991 with the intention of self-publishing a quick-hit, 48-page serial. Arranged around the exploits of the barely sane, tough-as-bricks hit man named Marv (later played by Mickey Rourke), out to avenge the murder of a prostitute, the first installment, “The Hard Goodbye,” ran nearly 200 pages. It eventually spawned six more volumes that feature recurring characters, baroque violence and interlocking themes.

There were never any plans to make it into a film, but Rodriguez’s persistence finally convinced Miller to take the leap.

Are you excited to see “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”? What do you think of the new GIFs? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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– Chris Lee | @LATherocomplex

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