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The Semi-Weekly Round Up: The Foot Fist Way, Meet Bill, Nim's Island, What Happens in Vegas, Who's Your Monkey? and Iron Man

Here is a bunch of posters worth mentioning that I’m obviously never going to get around to writing a full post about.

The Foot Fist Way

The Foot Fist Way Poster

Ridiculously funny or just plain ridiculous? It’s hard to say. But it is a hard to ignore poster, and the tagline made me laugh.

Meet Bill

Meet Bill Poster

Not sure I want to. I mean, the guy walks around with a shirt that matches the wallpaper, weird.

More to the point, Aaron Eckhart looks a little strange here. Shouldn’t it be someone like Steve Carell or Zach Braff in the poster?

Nim’s Island

Nim’s Island Poster

If I wasn’t such cold hearted cynical bastard I would probably think that this looks like a very entertaining and sweet adventure appropriate for all ages.

What Happens in Vegas

What Happens in Vegas Poster

Perhaps this movie should have stayed in Vegas.

You know, for a guy who actually is charismatic, somewhat talented and liked by the studio people Ashton sure gets himself into a lot of shitty movies.

And yes, if the poster is going to call him just Ashton so will I.

Who’s Your Monkey?

Who’s Your Monkey Poster

Oh yeah, I got your attention now, didn’t I? I know just what you are thinking. “What is that monkey doing in the guy’s back? Did the monkey kill him? Why? And why is the poster asking who is my monkey? I don’t even have a monkey! Wait, is THAT my monkey?”

And in order to find the answers to these questions you will have to see the film. They really got you in a bind now, didn’t they?

International Iron Man

Iron Man Poster

This one probably deserves a proper post, but after the last post about Iron Man I’m a little tired of talking about it. So let’s just say that I like this and that despite whatever problems I might have had with some of the posters I think that the Iron Man marketing campaign in general has been excellent. It certainly got me excited about seeing the movie, and that wasn’t even a little bit true about a year ago.

(Via IMPAwards, Kvikmyndir.is, CanMag, ComingSoon and MovieWeb)

The Semi-Weekly Round Up: The Foot Fist Way, Meet Bill, Nim’s Island, What Happens in Vegas, Who’s Your Monkey? and Iron Man

Here is a bunch of posters worth mentioning that I’m obviously never going to get around to writing a full post about.

The Foot Fist Way

The Foot Fist Way Poster

Ridiculously funny or just plain ridiculous? It’s hard to say. But it is a hard to ignore poster, and the tagline made me laugh.

Meet Bill

Meet Bill Poster

Not sure I want to. I mean, the guy walks around with a shirt that matches the wallpaper, weird.

More to the point, Aaron Eckhart looks a little strange here. Shouldn’t it be someone like Steve Carell or Zach Braff in the poster?

Nim’s Island

Nim’s Island Poster

If I wasn’t such cold hearted cynical bastard I would probably think that this looks like a very entertaining and sweet adventure appropriate for all ages.

What Happens in Vegas

What Happens in Vegas Poster

Perhaps this movie should have stayed in Vegas.

You know, for a guy who actually is charismatic, somewhat talented and liked by the studio people Ashton sure gets himself into a lot of shitty movies.

And yes, if the poster is going to call him just Ashton so will I.

Who’s Your Monkey?

Who’s Your Monkey Poster

Oh yeah, I got your attention now, didn’t I? I know just what you are thinking. “What is that monkey doing in the guy’s back? Did the monkey kill him? Why? And why is the poster asking who is my monkey? I don’t even have a monkey! Wait, is THAT my monkey?”

And in order to find the answers to these questions you will have to see the film. They really got you in a bind now, didn’t they?

International Iron Man

Iron Man Poster

This one probably deserves a proper post, but after the last post about Iron Man I’m a little tired of talking about it. So let’s just say that I like this and that despite whatever problems I might have had with some of the posters I think that the Iron Man marketing campaign in general has been excellent. It certainly got me excited about seeing the movie, and that wasn’t even a little bit true about a year ago.

(Via IMPAwards, Kvikmyndir.is, CanMag, ComingSoon and MovieWeb)

The Final Two Iron Man Movie Posters

Iron Man Movie Poster Domestic

I saw the poster above yesterday night, but decided to wait a little to comment on it. A good choice, because after having a little time to chill I no longer hate this poster, even tough I still am far away from loving it either.

Let’s see. A bunch of floating heads? Check. The only character getting anything close to a full body happens to be the women, and she is much smaller and less prominently places than the other characters? Check. A bunch of explosions going on on the background? Check. Well, it seems that what we have here is a typical poster for an action movie!

Then today a second poster surfaced, supposedly an international version of the final poster.

Iron Man Movie Poster International

The floating heads are gone and the characters are arranged in a different way. But the background is still busy with explosions and I don’t like the less dark more bluish tone. The international poster also lacks, much like the domestic one, elements that make this look different and unique.

It’s an improvement, in my opinion, but I wouldn’t say it’s a huge one.

A couple of people have compared these to the Star Wars posters. And I do see what they are saying. The main posters for each Star Wars movie always packed a lot of things in there, including several of the characters, all kinds of technological gimmicks and often a few explosions. The objective of those posters was two-fold: to portray the film as action packed and exciting and to convey an epic scope.

But if these posters for Iron Man were Star Wars posters they would be the worst Star Wars posters ever.

Star Wars Poster

I think the core problem is that Iron Man probably isn’t as Epic as something like Star Wars, and it certainly lacks the wealth of different amazing imagery to make available to the poster artists that Star Wars had. In SW each character not only is different in terms of personality and role, they also look very different from each other. Here we have Robert Downey Jr. and Jeff Bridge using suits. What great variety! And Paltrow in a fancy dress. So different! And a bunch of helicopters and/or jets. Haven’t seen any of those anywhere else.

And let’s not even get into the artistry of the illustrations generally used in the SW posters when compared to these.

Thinking about it some more I believe you could make the same kind of comparison between these Iron Man posters and some of the posters for Pirates of the Caribbean. And once again the Iron Man posters suffer for many of the same reasons, even tough the PotC posters aren’t on the same level as the Star Wars posters.

Pirates of the Carribean Poster

Also, everybody looks so damn serious. Yes, I get it, this is all very important. The future of the world is at stake. Must be super hyper serious. But it feels like you are trying too hard guys and gals.

This post is already way too long, so I’ll try to wrap up. To reiterate, I no longer think these are especially bad posters. They make the movie seem like a serious actioner. But they lack the simple, iconic beauty of the posters featuring just the armor and don’t have the charm and excitement that are present in the trailers. This make the movie look a lot more like a simple action-movie than anything before.

Probably won’t matter much in the big scheme of things. Plenty people are already convinced to see this and word of mouth will dictate the rest. But they lost a chance to make this movie more memorable and unique.

(Via IMPAwards and Cinematical)

New Iron Man Evolution Poster

Iron Man Evolution Poster

Via Vic from ScreenRant we have this very cool looking new poster for Iron Man, which debuted at Wondercon.

Now, this being Wondercon and all one imagines that this poster was primarily done to appeal to a more geek audience, for lack of a better term. So it targets people that are more likely to be aware and interested in the movie, and who are also more likely to care about such details as the type of evolution that the Iron Man armor goes through. Also, an audience more likely to be impressed by the tech aspects of the designs.

But I think that the poster would work just fine with a more broad audience too. The trailer for Iron Man has made it clear that this is an origin story, and we have already seen that the armor goes from being a crass thing built in a cave to being the very slick and ultra cool beast people come to know as Iron Man. The poster ties well into that and I think a lot of people will be interested in the evolution the character goes through during the movie, as shown by the evolution of the armor.

Probably not the right choice for a main poster (which it isn’t), but a nice addition to the campaign.

(Found through Movie Marketing Madness)

New Hellboy II Character Poster – Johann Krauss

New Hellboy II Character Poster - Johann Krauss

The first three character posters for Hellboy II were all about getting reacquainted with old friends. They didn’t show us anything different from what we had seen in the first Hellboy, but they were a nice way of reminding people that those characters are coming back to the big screen.

This new poster, on the other hand, starts a new phase in the poster campaign. It introduces a new character called Johann Krauss, which is described by Empire thus:

Krauss, an ally of big red, is entirely composed of psychic ectoplasmic spirit, but maintains some kind of form by remaining trapped in a suit.

Intriguing. And the character design seem to be pretty cool.

Now, this is obviously not a poster meant to broaden the audience for the film. The poster is not likely to make much sense or be very interesting to people who aren’t already following the news about Hellboy II. But the poster is a form of maintaining the excitement among people who are already interested in the movie, and perhaps a way to show them that there will be indeed incredible new things in the film that will make it worth seeing.

The Dark Knight Movie Poster – Why So Serious Edition

The Dark Knight Movie Poster - Why So Serious Edition

And here is the third Dark Knight poster released last week, this one a domestic poster that keeps the Why So Serious campaign going on.

I find this poster a lot less exciting then the one-two punch of the international posters. Not because it’s a bad poster, it isn’t. In fact it fits very well with the whole Why So Serious part of the marketing campaign and sends the clear message that the Chris Nolan Joker is one deranged and scary clown. And it’s not as annoyingly teasy as the last domestic poster.

But the thing is, as great as the poster is, it doesn’t really add anything that I wasn’t aware of before. I think I get the kind of character that the Joker is by now. The two international posters, on the other hand, highlighted some aspects of the movie that hadn’t been explored much by the campaign so far, and because of that they made me want to see the film more then I wanted before.

I still would love to have this poster on my wall tough.

(Via IMPAwards)

International The Dark Knight Poster – Joker Edition

International The Dark Knight Poster

Well, that didn’t take long.

So, I had just written a post on the first international poster for The Dark Knight, a post in which I mention, among other things, that it’s nice to see a piece of marketing for the film that doesn’t involve the Joker. Then I go online and what do I find? Yes, of course, a new poster featuring the Joker.

This poster has a very similar design to the Batman poster. In both posters we see the back of one character and in the background we have a very blue looking city. But the differences are also telling. While Batman is up there in an empty apartment, isolated and watching everything from a distance, the Joker is down on the streets, hitting the pavement and, I’m guessing, preparing to cause some chaos.

I like both posters, an I like the way they work together. They don’t show too much or to little. They hint at the confrontation between them, but also contextualize the fact that this dispute happens in a city, and might affect the city irreparably. And, like Dave Davis, I’m glad they abandoned the rust brown they so overused on the posters for the first film.

And the truth is that these are just two amazing characters, and the thought of seeing they face each other in a Chris Nolan film is just making me very happy right now.

(Via Allocine)