Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson Film '42' Gets a Slick First Poster

February 7, 2013
Source: RopeofSilicon

Chadwick Boseman 42

"He made us see greatness." Yes! I was really hoping the posters and material marketing for 42, the Jackie Robinson biopic written & directed by Brian Helgeland, would be as good as all the trailers we've seen so far. Everything about this movie looks amazing and I cannot wait to see it. RopeofSilicon have found the first official poster for 42, and it is as exciting and eye-catching as I was hoping. The poster shows Chadwick Boseman as Dodgers baseball player Jackie Robinson sliding in, but at a slant, kind of almost the opposite or a 90° rotation of the Skyfall poster. I think it looks damn cool, and it has a great tagline and great colors.

Here's the first poster for Brian Helgeland's 42, via RopeofSilicon. Be sure to catch the latest 42 trailer here.

42 Official Poster

42 stars Harrison Ford as innovative Dodger's general manager Branch Rickey, the MLB exec who first signed Robinson to the minors and helped to bring him up to the show, and Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson, the heroic African American who was the first man to break the color line in the big leagues. Tells the powerful story of the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947.

42 is written and directed by Oscar winning writer-filmmaker Brian Helgeland, previously of Payback, A Knight's Tale and The Order. He's most known for his writing, credited on L.A. Confidential, Conspiracy Theory, Mystic River, Man on Fire, Green Zone and Robin Hood. Warner Bros will open 42 on April 12th.

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The tagline could read 'In a country divided by color'. If only it was just the game.

Carpola on Feb 7, 2013


The poster isn't that great at all, his arm on top seems out of portion from the rest, not just that but the notion with him sliding downwards with sand shooting up like explosive sparks just seems like a cheap gimmick grab. What about something more iconic like him standing in the centre of the field, no tag lines or title all you see is his back slightly turned and the number 42 on his back would have made a perfect first poster. Well I'm not the one to judge your taste in posters Alex, coming from the same guy who called the Lincoln poster "bland". Yeah maybe Lincoln should have been holding a gun with a whole bunch of sparks flying all over maybe that's how we want to portray our historical figures as cheap products of Hollywood film making.

Bad Fred on Feb 7, 2013


You seem like a person I would not enjoy having a conversation with.

prantsdagger on Feb 7, 2013


this made me actually giggle

Jason McGuire on Feb 8, 2013


he he he.

Carpola on Feb 8, 2013


I only recently learned the heroic story of Jackie Robinson and I will definitely be seeing this movie. And I agree, great poster!

DRM on Feb 7, 2013


got milk?

TOONFED on Feb 7, 2013


really cool poster! reminiscent of Skyfall poster. I also agree that it should say "in a country divided by color."

Richie Blitz on Feb 7, 2013

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