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  • Ability over Appearance: Cardinal Roark is a dwarf in the book, and Rutger Hauer isn't. Needless to say, he's a One-Scene Wonder and most don't care that he's different.
  • Actor-Inspired Element: Jackie Boy's makeup was Benicio del Toro's idea. It was also his idea to have Jackie Boy pry the hands of his gun with his teeth.
  • All-Star Cast: The poster alone features Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, Benicio del Toro, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, and Mickey Rourke.
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  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Some of the cast signed on after seeing the test footage which would eventually become the opening scene. In the making-of it's noted that a lot of them had wanted to play Film Noir characters for a long time, such as Bruce Willis. Also, many cast members signed on due to other actors being in talks. Considering the large cast of famous faces, this seems reasonable.
  • Author Existence Failure: Michael Clarke Duncan and Brittany Murphy both died before the sequel entered production. The former's role was recast, while the latter's was Adapted Out.
  • Banned in China: Malaysia.
  • Box Office Bomb: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For - Budget, estimated between $60 million to $70 million. Box office, $35,093,856. The nine-year-long gap between the original movie and the sequel and the controversy over Ava Lord's semi nude movie poster most likely contributed to this.
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  • Cast the Expert: Jamie Chung had only a day to prepare for her role as Miho in the second film, but had already undergone weapons and fight training for Sucker Punch and Once Upon a Time.
  • Cast the Runner-Up: Michael Madsen was briefly considered for Marv before being cast as Bob.
  • Channel Hop: The first film was initially distributed by Miramax, as with the other aforementioned franchises, while its sequel is being distributed by The Weinstein Company, but Miramax is co-producing it.
  • Contractual Purity: It appears as if Elijah Wood and Alexis Bledel were attempting to break out of it, respectively playing a cannibal and a hooker. Wood had just come off playing Frodo Baggins, while Bledel had been known for Gilmore Girls and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. The sequel also features a cameo from Alexa Vega as a stripper - Vega had been a child star best known for Spy Kids, also directed by Robert Rodriguez.
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  • Creator In-Joke: Both Nancy and Wendy drive cars with the licence plate 'LEV 311'. Robert Rodriguez gives that to his favourite female characters in all his movies. It's a reference to his wife Lynn Varley, whose birthday is March 11th.
  • Creator's Favorite: Frank Miller has named Miho as his favourite character in the series.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Nancy is said to be nineteen years old. Jessica Alba was twenty four.
    • Becky is implied to be much younger than the rest of the Old Town girls, possibly still a teenager. Alexis Bledel was twenty four, and only two years younger than Rosario Dawson.
  • Development Hell: In the past Frank Miller has promised several new stories, including a Hartigan prequel, a Jackie Boy prequel, a story set in 1940, and a story set in the Sin City's founding during the Gold Rush. So far, the only new stories written are the two featured in Sin City 2.
  • Fake American: Englishman Clive Owen as Dwight.
  • Fan Nickname: Roark Jr. is only ever referred to as Junior in the books, never as the Yellow Bastard.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: A newspaper in "The Hard Goodbye" segment indicates that the film takes place in 1993.
  • Inspiration for the Work: In a 2016 interview with the Kubert School, Miller explained his inspiration for Sin City thus:
    I've been a fanatic for a long time for old crime movies and old crime novels. But it started with the movies. And the old Cagney movies. Bogart and all that. I loved just how the morals of the stories are. They're all about right and wrong. But in Sin City in particular I wanted them all to happen to in a world where virtuous behavior was rare, which greatly resembled the world I lived in. It's kinda like the old Rolling Stones song, where every cop's a criminal, and all the sinners are saints, where the lowlifes would often be heroic, and the most stridently beautiful and sweet women would be prostitutes. I wanted it to be a world out of balance, where virtue is defined by individuals in difficult situations, not by an overwhelming sense of goodness that was somehow governed by this godlike Comics Code.
  • The Other Darrin: Several characters were recast due to either the untimely deaths or retirements of their previous actors.
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  • Prop Recycling: Miho's swords belonged to the Crazy 88s Kill Bill Vol. 1. Quentin Tarantino, director of Dwight and Jackie Boy's car ride, kept them in his garage and loaned them to the production.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: "Cells" by The Servant predates the film and was not specifically made for it. Robert Rodriguez usually composes his own soundtracks, but he felt the song so evoked a Film Noir atmosphere that he used it for the trailer. Ironically, while it's the most well-known song from the film, it's technically not even the main theme.
  • Self-Adaptation: Frank Miller was a co-director on the films, as Robert Rodriguez felt that being such a direct adaptation of the original comics (the visual compositions usually being directly lifted from the panels) meant that most of his directorial work had already been done for him by the creator.
  • Saved from Development Hell:
    • The sequel had been in Development Hell for years, and was finally released in 2014, nine years after the first.
    • In the back of Lost, Lonely and Lethal (published in December 1996) Miller announced a story called "The Hard Good-Bye" that would feature Nancy teaming up with Marv to avenge Hartigan. The title ended up being used as a Retronym for the first arc while the story itself finally saw the light of day in A Dame to Kill For as "Nancy's Last Dance," 18 years later.
  • Throw It In!: One of the biggest examples of this trope. Michael Madsen reportedly approached Robert Rodriguez at the Kill Bill wrap party and asked why he hadn't been cast in Sin City yet. Rodriguez then gave him the role of Bob, the only part that hadn't been cast yet.
  • Typecasting: Mickey Rourke as an ugly, down on his luck bruiser with a heart of gold? He was born to play Marv. In fact, when Frank Miller met Rourke, the only thing he wrote down in his notes was, "Met Mickey Rourke — HE IS MARV."
  • Underage Casting: Hartigan is said to be pushing sixty, then spends eight years in prison. Bruce Willis was fifty at the time.
  • Wag the Director: Nancy, as played by Jessica Alba, is always fully clothed (which is not the case for her comic book counterpart) because Alba has a firm policy of never doing nude scenes.
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