Dec 16, 2019
Lightsabers make movie posters better
As we all know, lightsabers make everything better, and the images below prove this applies to movie posters as well. These posters were created by reader Izzy Squire and they’ve inspired me to visualize what the accompanying lightsaber-ized movie might have been like.
Lincoln: Great Emancipator, legendary orator, rail-splitter, Union leader …secret Jedi Master? Sure, 2013’s Lincoln covered a lot of ground as far as Lincoln, the man and his family, his inner conflict over war, his doubts, and the political struggle over the Civil War amendments, but it was silent about Lincoln’s secret role as a Jedi Master. From his earliest days as a lawyer and as a politician in the Whig Party, Lincoln always left enough time to pursue his other major calling, that of a student of the Jedi arts. Forced by circumstances and the troubled times for the country in which he served, Lincoln kept his abilities and Force sensitivity a secret, constructing his own lightsaber and training in the Soresu fighting style in private. The movie passed up several opportunities to show how Lincoln could use his Jedi mind powers to influence the weak-minded and increase the odds of political success.
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Back to the Future Part II: Those hoverboards in the 2015 chase sequence really have engaged the public imagination, haven’t they? As entertaining as that sequence was, however, you know what would have added an extra something to it? Lightsabers. It would have been kind of like the Revenge of the Sith Anakin/Obi-Wan portion of the fight on those floating platforms over the lava, only without the feeling of over the top excess that went with it. Also, you know that satisfaction we feel as George McFly punches out Biff after he tries to assault Lorraine? Well, take that satisfaction and multiply it by a coolness factor of ten if we’d heard the snap-hiss of a lightsaber activated in George’s hand as he prepared to confront Biff.
Skyfall: They dialed back the gadget factor for this Bond outing, didn’t they? Just a gritty Daniel Craig performance as a no-nonsense Bond with a gun and a radio tracker, and a series of awesome callbacks and worked-in references to the previous 007 canon. And you know what else says “put away the wrist-dart shooters and wristwatches with the micro-lasers?” That symbol of sci-fi low-tech wizardry, the lightsaber. And you know, despite the guns and car chases, it often does seem to come down to close quarters hand to hand combat with Bond and the bad guys, doesn’t it? Come on, who didn’t want Bond to face down Silva with a glowing blue lightsaber? In the category of cool fandom/internet imagery, “Daniel Craig’s 007 with lightsaber” might even top “Batman with Green Lantern ring”.
More of Izzy’s posters can be found at the GB Posters Blog!