New ‘Public Enemies’ Poster: Why So Serious?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated April 8th, 2012 at 10:51 am,

The first official poster for this summer’s Public Enemies has been released and it’s almost exactly like a certain other famous poster from a certain other super successful movie.

Public Enemies (#7 on Screen Rant‘s Most Anticipated Movies of 2009) is directed by Michael Mann and its massive cast includes Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Billy Crudup, Channing Tatum, Emilie de Ravin, Stephen Dorff, Marion Cotillard, Giovanni Ribisi and David Wenham.

This poster is simple yet effective… but it’s been done before (pretty recently). It features the movie’s protagonist, John Dillenger (played by Johnny Depp) standing in the middle of the street with the big city behind him holding a submachine gun.

Take a look and see:

public enemies poster New Public Enemies Poster: Why So Serious?

Does that remind you of anything?

Maybe this, perhaps?:

joker3 New Public Enemies Poster: Why So Serious?

Wow, what a coincidence! It’s especially notable since many fans spoke of the potential for Johnny Depp being one of the few actors who could play the character of the joker in the sequel to The Dark Knight (if the character was to return).

Now, let’s put the two together (which Screen Rant master Vic so kindly did for us)… and ta-da!!

public enemies joker1 New Public Enemies Poster: Why So Serious?

The Joker is a Public Enemy.

What do you think?

Public Enemies opens July 1, 2009.

Source: MSN

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  1. It’s pretty similar. Maybe it was the same poster designer, or maybe his brother.

  2. Well duh, this was filmed in Chicago and for some damn reason every film taking place here uses that street from The Untouchables on up.

  3. that third pic was just hilarious.

  4. On another note, it looks like the street in the background is the same street in Chicago where the Joker unsuccessfully tried to assassinate Gotham’s mayor at the funeral service for Commissioner Loeb.

  5. @jerseycajun: yeah, it does! “Wayne Tower” is behind him.


  7. When seeing the third pic, I just can’t help thinking Depp would make a nice Joker :P , as the article says.

    It’s 1 thing to know it, but now you can almost get a glimps of how it would look if he did take the part :D. (I wouldn’t mind if he does’)

  8. And Rambo (4) took Pacino’s Scarface idea for its poster. So these two look similar, so what? Big deal! Like you have said Rob, this type of thing has been done before countless times!
    When I see this poster though, I just think that this is the unofficial sequel to De Palma’s The Untouchables. In terms of subject matter.

    I do have to say good job Vic on the third pic!

  9. @SK47

    Thanks, man. One of these days I’ll have to actually take a Photoshop class instead of just stumbling through the program. :-P


  10. No probs Vic, it is just a mashup to see how it looks right, so far not bad.

    Although, I do have to say that Depp’s jaw-line seems like a better fit for their Crow-like make-up.

  11. “Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.” – Pablo Picasso

  12. Why are letters coming out of his crotch?[/immaturity]

  13. Yeah, I’d hit it

  14. Yeah, both shots are from Chicago, LaSalle Street to be exact.

    It’s our financial district, and behind Deep is Chicago Board of Trade (which was also behind the mayor’s speech during Gordon’s memorial service)–

    But behind The Joker is the Northside of the Street.

  15. The last pic scares me that someone might actually try to cast Depp as the joker. If that happens I may actually cry. This is the first Depp movie that I thought looked decent though I give credit to the rest of the cast.

  16. @Paolo

    That’s exactly what I thought. Not “Why so serious” by “Why so much emphasis between Johnny’s legs.

    Man, maybe it’s late but all I see is a typical gangster pose with text being placed in an area to draw female and some male attention. Anyone remember those subliminal ‘sex sells’ ads that were made illegal in the 70′s I think?

    This has gangster sex written literally all over it. Chicago’s in much better shape in gangster land, ironically.

  17. They do look kinda alike but Johhny Depp is banging…the Joker’s definatley not.

  18. “Why are letters coming out of his crotch?”

    – cause his balls are the public enemies

  19. Actually Johnny Depp was one of Ledgers good friends. I personally think if Depp was asked to play the Joker,he would be more than happy to take the role.