Jae Lee returns to Mid-World with two new posters for next month’s The Dark Tower. For almost a decade, Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman, and Brian Grazer have been working to bring Stephen King’s magnum opus to the big screen. Next month, that dream will become a reality when The Dark Tower hits theaters and introduces the first live-action adaptation of the Gunslinger and the Man in Black. In the books, the two have spent untold time fighting each other. When the film arrives, that struggle will just be getting started for moviegoers.
If things work out, the film will jump from the big screen to the small for a planned TV prequel that’s already in the works. From there, more films would follow, mirroring the expansive book series. But while King has continued to write installments in the franchise over the years, his work has also been transformed into comics for Marvel. The chief artist behind the adaptations has been Jae Lee, and now he’s returned to the series to help promote the film.
Sony has released two new posters for The Dark Tower that Lee created. The first features Matthew McConaughey as Walter, aka the Man in Black. The second showcases Idris Elba as Roland the Gunslinger.
Considering The Dark Tower is a series that heavily relies on pop culture and King’s previous work being woven into the narrative, it’s fitting that the artist behind the comic adaptations of the books would be brought in to tackle posters for the film. Above all else, it’s that cyclical nature that needs to be present in the films for them to truly capture the spirit of King’s books.
These also aren’t the first posters Lee has made. Ahead of Comic-Con, Lee crafted a new Inhumans poster, echoing his work on the comics. With both a foot in the comics and film world, we’ll likely see studios turn to Lee more for future work.
As we await more movie and TV posters from Lee, fans are anxious to see how The Dark Tower turns out and whether it will hold its own at the end of the crowded summer box office. Hopefully, the cast, creators, and King’s name will help buoy the new franchise amid all sorts of competition. After all, The Dark Tower has waited a long time to arrive in theaters.
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