The parody posters for Star Wars: The Last Jedi continues to roll in, this time based around some of Mark Hamill’s most famous non-Star Wars roles. The Last Jedi got its marketing campaign officially underway during Star Wars Celebration last week, with both the first trailer for The Last Jedi as well as the official Last Jedi poster.
Where the poster for The Force Awakens was a busy one, showing many of the characters who would appear, The Last Jedi poster is much more simple. It’s just Rey, Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, and a lightsaber. It seems to indicate that the upcoming film – a darker chapter in the Star Wars saga than The Force Awakens was, based on the teaser trailer footage – deal greatly with the choice that the Jedi make between the light and dark sides of the Force; with Luke and Kylo on opposite sides of Rey’s own lightsaber.
However the poster has also provided a bit of levity for fans, as parody versions have been popping up ever since it was revealed. Hamill has shared a few choice favorites on his Twitter account, which honor some of his other famous roles.
The first poster, which Hamill captioned #TheLastJoker, of course honors his history of voicing The Joker for various Batman cartoons and video games. The images are from Batman: The Animated Series, where Hamill first began to voice the Clown Prince of Crime. Also featured are Batman himself, and Harley Quinn.
The other one celebrates Hamill’s role as The Trickster on The Flash. A role he played both in the original 1991 series as well as on the going series on The CW. Hamill having played the role in both series is honored in this parody poster, where The Flash on bottom is Grant Gustin and the one whose face is split with The Trickster’s is John Wesley Shipp.
It’s sort of interesting to note that both of Hamill’s comic characters – The Trickster and The Joker – are villains. One might even say they chose the Dark Side of the Force. Luke Skywalker has constantly struggled with staying on the light side and not succumbing to the dark side – an internal war he still wages – but has remained a constant hero. Yet in the parodies, it’s The Joker and The Trickster who take Luke’s place on the posters. Of course, that keep’s Hamill’s image in the same place on each of them, but it’s also an interesting statement on who the good guys and bad guys really are (especially since heroes Batman and The Flash take Kylo Ren’s spot).
With such a long wait until Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters, its nice for fans to have a bit of fun with these poster parodies and various other fan art. It helps makes the wait a little bit easier.
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