You can tell that San Diego Comic-Con is upon us. The festivities may not begin in earnest until tomorrow, but many of the films and shows (do they still even allow comics?) have already begun unveiling their wares. This includes the long awaited, still-ten-months-away Mad Max: Fury Road, which has revealed a badass new poster that I want on my wall like right now. What a lovely day, indeed.
This one lone picture shows off just about everything you could possibly want of a Mad Max movie. You have the bright, bleached-out image that perfectly captures the sun-scorched desert wasteland you’ve come to know over the three previous movies. There’s the hero, Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy stepping into the role that made Mel Gibson a global superstar and sex symbol), decked out in the height of cobbled-together post-apocalyptic fashion, standing there, stoic, tough, dust-covered and alone, not saying a damn word to anyone. That’s exactly what you want to see.
Perhaps most importantly, there are the vehicles. You have Max’s supped up muscle car—it maybe covered in grit and grime, but it moves like hell when you need it to. And off in the distance, barely visible in this one-sheet, are a crew of others, barreling towards the hero. This is an ominous sight indeed. In this world, when you see that many cars in one place at one time, it rarely means good things are in store for your immediate future.
After countless production delays, including rains that damn near wiped the original Australian outback filming location off of the map and reshoots, Fury Road is finally on its way. After being in the can for multiple years, this marks director George Miller’s fourth visit to the post-apocalyptic world that he first created in 1979. After the collapse of society, people take to the road, a broken vision of humanity fighting for every scrap they have, and just to make it one more day. Max and a one-armed, shaved-head badass named Furiosa (Charlize Theron) lead a group across the desert, towards her childhood home, where she thinks they can find safety, survival, and maybe even peace. You know it’s not going to be that easy, and a gang of villains pursues their caravan the entire way.
Fury Road has been described by people who have seen a rough cut as one long chase scene, one long action sequence, and that sounds like a damn good time to us. Full of real-life, practical special effects, they supposedly wrecked hundreds of car in the process of filming. With that many vehicles in play, and that level of destruction, it starts to make sense that over the course of the 116 day shoot, they filmed the entire thing in sequence, aside from reshoots after the fact.
Mad Max: Fury Road will be on hand at Comic-Con, where they’ll screen some footage and have a panel, though we don’t know who exactly will be in attendance just yet. The movie doesn’t actually open until May 15, 2015, but that’s not going to keep us from getting psyched, we’ve been excited about this movie since 2010.