One of the things that's so intriguing about Oz: The Great and Powerful is the idea of a visionary filmmaker like Sam Raimi returning to a world like Oz that hasn't yet met up with today's technology. You always get a sense that Oz is much grander and populated by so many other freaky creatures when watching the original Wizard of Oz, and so the idea of pairing Oz with today's effects wizards is a fun one because it means we're going to see a much richer world than we've ever seen before.
Case in point: Check out this new poster for the film, part of three connected posters, which introduces some of the creatures featured in the movie -- including a much darker, nastier version of those iconic flying monkeys. The monkey below is a far cry from the original smiley-faced flying monkey seen here.
The poster itself seems like this mishmash of Photoshopped characters, but forget about that. It's a poster, not a movie. And while the poster isn't as majestic and beautiful as those previous versions that weren't crowded with characters, one look at it definitely has us wanting to know more about these new creatures -- especially the freaky pink demon fairy thing floating around in the top left corner. What the hell is that thing?
Check out the first two (of three) posters below. Oz: The Great and Powerful hits theaters on March 8. We've included an official synopsis in between the posters.
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.