Final ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ Poster and Triptych Banner Place Main Characters Front and Center
Posted on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
The Oz: The Great and Powerful poster released last week was nothing short of a disaster, but thankfully it seems like that was the exception, not the rule. The stills revealed earlier this week were all quite pretty, and this new poster featuring the leads (James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz) isn’t looking so bad either.
This poster, combined with the two previous ones, combine to form a triptych that shows off the verdant magical landscape, the central characters, and the oddball creatures they encounter along the way. Hit the jump to get a look at both the new poster and the full banner in advance of the new trailer drop tomorrow.
Those who were totally turned off by Alice in Wonderland‘s CG effects may not find much to love about Oz: The Great and Powerful, which was also designed by Robert Stromberg and seems to have a similarly artificial feel. These poster(s) almost look more like paintings than photograph, albeit very pleasant, very skillfully done paintings.
Out of the three panels, the center one works the best as a standalone movie poster. We’ve got the main characters front and center, surrounded by iconic Wizard of Oz imagery like the Emerald City, the yellow brick road, and the tornado. But the trio work even better as one complete banner. Even the right portion — which gave us that overcrowded eyesore of a poster — doesn’t look nearly as ugly in context.
One question the triptych raises, however, is who the witch on the far left is. Does the fact that Evanora (Weisz) and Theodora (Kunis) both appear in the middle mean the green-faced woman is neither of them? Or has Disney simply decided to put one of the characters on there twice? The poses of the witch and Weisz’s center panel rendering are very similar.
Directed by Sam Raimi, Oz: The Great and Powerful opens March 8.
Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.