The competition to see who's the hardest, grisliest, most intimidating star in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is going to be tight, but it looks like Josh Brolin is getting out to an early lead.

Just look at this exclusive poster for the Sin City sequel (in theaters Aug. 22), an early look at Brolin as Dwight, who was played by Clive Owen in the original. Brolin looks as disturbed and volatile as he did in Oldboy (he's still got that black suit too), except now he's in the capable hands of Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. And he has a cool gun.

Let the countdown begin: we've got just under a month until Sin City: A Dame to Kill For hits theaters. In the meantime, check out some other exclusive posters and photos here.