Paramount has released a series of teaser posters for the upcoming G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra movie:
(left to right: Storm Shadow; Snake-Eyes; Duke)
You can also see posters for Scarlett, Ripcord and Baroness on MySpace. Personally, I’m not impressed. The whole “let’s do a bunch of posters with each one spotlighting a different character” shtick has been done to death since Batman Forever. It’s the sort of thing that can be done very well, like the teaser posters for Watchmen, which used the posters to capture elements of the plot through creative imagery. But more often than not you see posters like these, which simply feature boring, unimaginative character poses. There’s no style or creativity inherent in them, and I can almost guarantee you it didn’t take more than an hour worth of effort for the art designer to lay them out on their Mac.
Plus, the costumes mostly suck. Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow look great, and the Baroness at least looks like the iconic version of the character, but the Joe uniforms look terrible. Black leather armor? Really, Paramount? One of the coolest things about the Joes has always been their individual looks. These look like something the producers picked up at Christian Bale’s yard sale. I fear for what Cobra Commander is going to look like.
On the other hand, the pre-release art for the Transformers movie didn’t look very impressive either, and that turned out to be a really fun movie.