Social media users are tearing apart the new Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves poster for what they consider to be poor creative design surfaces.
Recent marketing efforts for Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves may have backfired as social media users grilled the film’s new poster. The Paramount project takes place in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting by Ed Greenwood, one of the most popular locations in the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) franchise. The movie’s original story revolves around a party led by Chris Pine’s Bard, tasked with retrieving a dangerous relic that could destroy the world in the wrong hands. Since the exclusive preview at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Paramount has begun to further build the marketing campaign for the fantasy adventure.
Unlike the movie’s SDCC 2022 trailer, the official Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves poster is fried online by D&D fans. Answers to the Dungeons & Dragons Movie Twitter posts sharing the new poster art are cheeky, with some users calling it “disgusting,” criticizing the composition, even asking if an intern designed it. But despite the poster’s poor response, many fans are showing continued interest in seeing the film. Check out the poster and user reactions below:
Why DND fans are excited about movie
At first glance, the Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves poster looks like the group-style posters of Marvel and Star Wars fame. However, according to users, it needs more symmetry and overall composition, with some even calling it cheap and bland, implying that more effort should have gone into it. On the other hand, the poster manages to showcase Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves‘ all-star cast, but not always in the best way. For example, some users compare Sophia Lillis’ character design to Black Widow and point out the poor makeup on the Red Wizard in the upper left corner.
Regardless of the poster’s apparent flaws, many reactions indicate how excited D&D fans must see the movie. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is Hollywood’s first significant attempt at a live-action blockbuster D&D film since the 2000 adaptation, Dungeons & Dragons, which was a critical and box office bomb. Audiences are excited about the upcoming film’s spectacular cast, the visual effects and the level of detail given to iconic D&D elements such as the dragons, displacers and mimicry, and the various spells, are all featured throughout the trailer.
Although the new poster is typical of big Hollywood projects with a notable ensemble cast, the lackluster design has not yet D&D faithfully of will to see Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. However, its unimaginative and poorly constructed adaptation may put off general audiences, who could simply see it as representing a generic Hollywood blockbuster, or an uninspired fantasy epic. A better poster design would appeal to more potential viewers and set the project apart from similar ensemble films, but apparently hardcore franchise fans are still going to see it when Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves arrives in theaters on March 31, 2023, no matter what.
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