[Fan-Made] Posters of the Week: Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises

I wanted to do a poster post and there’s nothing that interest me from Impawards site. But a few days ago I came across these two awesome fan-made posters of two of my most-anticipated superhero flicks! I’ve posted fan-made posters before, like this broken-glass one for The Dark Knight Rises, as they’re often much, much cooler than the ones the studio churned out.

There are a plethora fan-made ones for Nolan’s final Batman flick, but I’m guessing there’ll be more popping up for Man of Steel as well in the coming months. This is the first one I’ve seen so far that looks pretty darn cool. I really dig the color scheme and the decidedly-darker tone instead of the usual bright and buoyant sentiment of Superman. According to ComicBookMovie site, the artist is Daniele Moretti.

Image courtesy of comicbookmovie.com

Instead of Photoshop-ing Henry Cavill’s head on to it, the designer went with a comicbook style, but the figure is clearly inspired by the now super-buff Brit’s on-set photos wearing the suit. There’s even a helicopter in the background, and from this new set of action shots, for sure there’ll be some helicopter rescue scene in it somewhere.

Now, this one for The Dark Knight Rises is set in the same bluish tone as these official versions for the second film.

Image courtesy of Shockya.com

I LOVE this, the rainy setting makes it even more dramatic and the bat signal amongst the futuristic-looking skyscrapers is a nice touch. It almost have the same theme as the Man of Steel one in that our hero is surveying the city below with the cape blowing in the wind.

Now I hope the official posters will be even better. We’ve seen this awesome teaser for TDKR, but I’m most curious about the Superman one. If anything, they should be as cool as the posters for Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns (I especially like this one), but perhaps a bit darker and grittier.


What do you think folks? If you’ve seen other fan-made posters you think are awesome, please do share the link!

Poster Spotlight: Machine Gun Preacher

When it rain, it pours! Last week, I posted the trailer of one of my most anticipated movies out this Fall, Coriolanus. Today we’ve got an update of Machine Gun Preacher in the form of an official poster ahead of its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival next month. Man, I wish I could attend!

In case this is the first time you’ve heard of it, here’s the premise:

The movie is based on a true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader hundreds of Sudanese children who’ve been kidnapped and pressed into duty as soldiers in the Lord’s Resistance Army.

Unlike Coriolanus, this movie is clearly a starring vehicle for Gerard Butler.

Click to see a larger version courtesy of JustJarred

Anybody else get the Inglourious Basterds‘ vibe? And 300 as well obviously w/ Butler looking very Leonidas-y against the sepia-toned backdrop. As you know, I’ve been looking forward to this film for some time as the story and ministry of Sam Childers intrigued me. But this poster seems to suggest all the badassery aspect of the story, but not so much the compassionate/humanitarian side. I mean, yes sure there are brutality abounds in Childers’ autobiography Another Man’s War, but it’s not exactly violence for violence sake on Childers’ part. From what I’ve read so far, his primary mission is to save the Sudanese children whose parents have been killed by the Lord’s Resistance Army and the kids themselves are subject to torture and violent death.

I sincerely hope filmmaker Marc Forster won’t overindulge on Childers’ dark past with the [more marketable] sex and violence stuff, but also spend a great deal of time showing how God transformed this man and enabled him to build his ministry in Africa. Whether one agrees or not with his philosophy, I do believe his heart is in the right place. The film also stars Kathy Baker, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon (the soon-to-be General Zod) and Souleymane Sy Savane, the Ivorian actor who received rave reviews for his performance in Goodbye Solo.

The US release date is set on September 23 (limited release). Hope the trailer will be released soon.


What are your thoughts of the poster and/or the film? 

Flix Poster of the Week: Peter Weir’s The Way Back

From acclaimed Australian director Peter Weir comes a fact-based story centered on soldiers who escaped from a Siberian prison camp in 1940. The story was inspired by Slavomir Rawicz’s acclaimed novel, The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom, as well as other real life accounts and tells the adventure story chronicling the escape of a small group of multi-national prisoners of the Siberian gulag and their epic life-affirming journey over thousands of miles across five hostile countries. The cast looks pretty good: Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan and Mark Strong. Nice to see Ed Harris, haven’t seen him in quite a while. Apparently he’s just been cast in thriller Man on A Ledge which stars Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie and Edward Burns (per Deadline).

Weir, whose last movie Master and Commander was released seven years ago in 2003. I haven’t seen that one (which was highly recommended by Sam who list that as one of her top 5 Russell Crowe movies), but I love Dead Poets Society and The Truman Show. He also did another based-on-true-story drama set in my homeland Indonesia (set in the Sukarno era, our first president) called The Year of Living Dangerously, starring a young Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hunt.

Dez at Hollywood Spy posted the trailer last Monday, but now we’ve also got hi-res stills you can view @ Rope of Silicon.

Moviefone posted a full review from the Telluride Film Festival screening and had some great things to say about this movie:

The first half of The Way Back is Peter Weir at his hypnotic best. Always adept at breathing life into landscapes – see the frightening outback vistas of Gallipoli, the mythic Central American jungle of The Mosquito Coast, and even the idyllic false suburbia of The Truman Show – Weir all but personifies Siberia and (later) the Mongolian desert. They seem threateningly to keep pace with our human protagonists. The snow-covered trees and scorching sand dunes become the terrain of an alien planet. The mines of the gulag are a steam-spitting horrorshow scarier than anything in The Lord of the Rings. The film is extraordinary at seeing these places as its characters would; even the sweeping bird’s-eye views seem like an expression of their fear.

Looks like this is definitely one to watch come January of next year. Now, what’s your favorite Peter Weir film(s)?

Poster of the Week: Never Let Me Go

Upon seeing this lovely poster, I just might make a weekly Poster Feature post from now on. There is always a new being released every day and it’s fun to look at them. But every once in a while, a poster catches your breath away, not so much for how it looks—though it’s indeed gorgeous–but for the evocative tone it sets. Where a lot of posters tend to want to jam everything in, not to mention the floating head syndrome that bug the heck out of me, the simplicity of this poster is just striking. It feels blissful and innocent, yet somehow you know there is more to it than meets the eye. The fact that the lower part of the word GO is cut off is like a little clue.

Per Wikipedia, Never Let Me Go is based on a novel by Japanese-born British author Kazuo Ishiguro. It was shortlisted for the 2005 Booker Prize (an award Ishiguro had previously won in 1989 for The Remains of the Day), and was named best novel of 2005 by TIME magazine.

The movie stars Carey Mulligan (An Education), Andrew Garfield (the young Brit who’s recently cast as Spiderman), and Keira Knightley, as Kathy, Tommy and Ruth, respectively. The three of them live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but are not quite like anything we know. They spend their childhood at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. When they leave the shelter of the school and the terrible truth of their fate is revealed to them, they must also confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart. – description per Filmofilia.

Its trailer’s just been released also, I’ll post that sometime later today here it is below:

I said above that ‘…there’s more than meets the eye’ in the poster, well, the trailer definitely alludes to the fact that this isn’t an ordinary school, the kids aren’t who you think they are, basically, this movie isn’t a typical coming-of-age story at all. Those who’ve read the book or familiar with the story already knew this, but I absolutely had no idea what it was really about until I read Wikipedia and some reviews about the book. Whoa, suffice to say I was flabbergasted. Kudos to Ishiguro and the filmmaker in keeping it so enigmatic and ever so subtle. I guess I should’ve guessed when it’s billed as a sci-fi novel, but nope, didn’t see that one coming.

Yeah, I’m definitely intrigued.

Nifty flix teaser poster: From Paris with Love

frompariswithloveLuc Besson’s new spy thriller’s got a super cool looking teaser poster! It’s so clever in its simplicity, yet so beautiful and elegant I can’t take my eyes off it! The Eiffel tower icon is sort of cliche in a way but I don’t mind it at all here, it’s a bit James Bond-y. Could be perfect if they’re making a From Russia with Love version in Paris, eh?

The trailer however, is meh (and it’s NOT in HD, it’s annoying when a YouTube clip is mislabeled). It’s cool if you like Luc Besson and the Fifth Element. I’m not a huge fan personally, I LOVE the original Transporter with arguably the B-movie king Jason Statham, but the 2nd & 3rd sequels should be obliterated from cinema history IHMO. Travolta is sporting a bald look again, which makes me immediately think of him as the baddie, but he’s playing an FBI agent here. He’s teaming up with the Tudors‘ Henry the VIII, a.k.a Jonathan Rhys Meyers to stop a terrorist attack in the city of lights.