New Movie Posters!

Merry early Christmas to geeks ’round the world!

Two new posters were released this weekend for two fairly anticipated 2012 superhero movies: The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man.

The Dark Knight Rises gives us a fanTAStic teaser for the film, with Bane walking away from a broken Batman mask and the tagline “The Legend Ends.”

Since Bane is famously known as “The Man Who Broke the Bat,” is it possible that we’ll actually see that in this movie? (PLEASE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE.)

The only thing that could make me MORE excited for this movie is a full-length trailer. And perhaps a plot synopsis.

The Dark Knight Rises Poster

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Next up: The Amazing Spider-Man.

Now, to be honest, I’ve been a little skeptical about The Amazing Spider-Man. Let’s face it: this wasn’t exactly a franchise that needed rebooting, especially considering that Spider-Man originally came out only 10 years ago.

And even though the teaser trailer was pretty good, it didn’t get me really excited about the movie, not the way The Avengers teaser at the end of Captain America did.

That being said, this is a pretty kickass teaser poster:

The Amazing Spider-Man poster

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However, this poster does make me wonder about the tone of The Amazing Spider-Man. The teaser made it look like it’d be a little more in line with the previous Spider-Man movies (though without the emo-ness of Spider-Man 3 THANK GOD).

This poster, on the other hand, looks a lot closer to the poster for The Dark Knight Rises, and we all know how Christopher Nolan likes to make his Batman films grim and gritty. (Works for Batman. Really can’t see Spider-Man benefiting from the same thing.)

All in all, July 2012 is shaping up to be an excellent month for movies.


11 comments on “New Movie Posters!

  1. Glad to see you’re excited about both of those movies like me. =) There’s only one thing bumming me about the 2012 movie season. Avengers comes out during OWFI!!! That means I won’t get to dress up and hit the premiere with the boys. Oh well. =(

    • thebnc says:

      Oh no!! Well, there will be a midnight showing Thursday, correct? Perhaps we will have to wrangle our schedules to get to a midnight showing in OKC. (Granted, we’ll be very sleepy on Friday, but it would be for a good cause.)

    • Rebekah Loper says:

      I’ll be staying in the hotel room and sleeping :p

      I have a tendency to fall asleep in movie thwarted after 9 pm . . . But you two have fun. I’ll start the coffee the next morning.

  2. Paul says:

    Movie posters and DVD art are interests of mine, and your post gave me a good chuckle. It is funny how shameless studios can be in trying to imitate a certain vibe…especially when that vibe is absent in the film which they are promoting. Trailers are guilty of the same thing, as that silly lawsuit in Michigan attests (woman suing the distributors of “Drive” for false advertising, saying the trailer made the movie look like it was going to be a “Fast & Furious” clone).

    Reading your article brought a couple of examples immediately to mind. The first one is Batman-related.

    Here’s the cover to the delightfully goofy Adam West “Batman” movie from the mid-1960’s:

    The DVD came out pre-Christopher Nolan era, and captures a bit of the spirit of the film, though it’s not nearly as dynamic (pun intended, I swear ;-)) as the posters for its theatrical release.

    Then came “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight”. In particular, I remain a huge fan of this poster:

    Soon after, someone decides to rerelease both the West “Batman” film and its big band Nelson Riddle Score. For the DVD cover, we get:

    Oh dear. It brings new meaning to the Joker’s question: “Why so serious?”

    But the best is the cover art for the soundtrack. When I opened up the mail and received it, I burst out laughing:

    They should have just gone the distance and had the flaming building behind him! And through the magic of technology, Batman’s classic blue and grey outfit has been transformed into Christopher Nolan Deep Black. No sign of Robin, and not even a single “Bam!” or “Pow!” for courtesy’s sake. After I stopped laughing, the very first words out of my mouth were,

    “Hey, kids, do you like Chinpokomon?”

    It’s a shady business trying to sucker an audience by selling them one thing and then delivering another. To keep on the “Chinpokomon” theme, here’s the other example that popped into my head while reading what you wrote. About twenty+ years ago, Kathryn Bigelow made a nice, tawdry, and messy vampire film called “Near Dark”. Its movie poster helped lay out what you could expect from the film:

    No ambiguity there – just a nasty, 80’s era vampire horror story.

    The movie got a release on DVD…around a year ago, I think. Maybe more recently. Here’s the cover for the release:

    Hmm…that’s weird. I wonder what audience they are going for there…

    Great article, BNC! Also, don’t worry – you are dead right that Sony is shamelessly trying to “Dark Knight” up the Spider-Man advertising, but I will bet you that the actual product is that web-slinging blend of zany, teen angst, and Spidey pathos that you know and love! Sony’s just trying to chinpokomon up the Dark Knight crowd.

    And you should absolutely go to the midnight showing of “The Avengers”, especially since Rebekah has stepped up to the plate on making sure you are well-caffeinated the next morning. Just be sure to buy your tickets in advance, since you can be sure those shows will sell out quickly! If you don’t go, you know exactly what’s going to happen – you will spend inordinate amounts of time distracted by thoughts of going to see the movie and worrying about having it spoiled before you can. Gotta seize the petulant Norse god by the horns on that one.

  3. Paul says:

    P.S. – I have to ask now because I keep forgetting to…is it snowing on your website or is my browser doing strange things?!? 😀 Please illuminate!

  4. Paul says:

    Just checking the links and I see that the final one doesn’t work. This one should!

    • Paul says:

      It wasn’t until I was falling asleep last night that I realized that I had completely forgotten the second part of what I wanted to write about: hazarding a guess to your question/hope about whether or not we will see Bane do what Bane does best in “The Dark Knight Rises”.

      The answer has to be yes, and the poster provides a few clues. Like you noted, we have the broken mask with Bane walking away. We can almost hear him saying, “My work here is done.” The poster goes even further with the cracked glass effect underneath the logo, keeping the theme of a broken Batman.

      The symbolism of a hard rain cannot be ignored, either. That’s very often used to either foreshadow or accompany tremendous loss. It also reminds me of Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”, which is mostly about the ills of society but ends with a note of defiance and optimism in the face of this downward spiral. That certainly seems in keeping with Nolan’s underlying theme of tying the Batman story into Gotham’s – the conversation that began with Ras al-Ghul in the first film and left off with Commissioner Gordon’s speech to his son at the end of the second.

      The title alone seems to tie it all together: “The Dark Knight Rises” That can (and doubtless will) mean many things, but certainly lends itself to its most literal interpretation: Batman/Bruce Wayne rising up. With Bane in the picture, we can imagine why this would be a big, title-worthy deal.

      Finally, Nolan won’t break the rule of Chekhov’s gun. If you introduce Bane and he *doesn’t* break Batman’s back, then Nolan has failed the narrative. 😉

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