The First Order on New Banners for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

September 4, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

It's Star Wars mania! Today is "Force Friday" and Lucasfilm has announced/launched toys and goodies and tons of new items for the fans to go crazy over. Found amidst all the buzz and reveals are three new promo banners for Star Wars: The Force Awakens – full-size "quads" (like from the UK), rather than actual posters. Which makes me believe these may just be promo banners or purchasable posters more than official art (plus, there has to be more coming from Drew Struzan). That said, it's very cool to see more imagery. The First Order stormtroopers, a sleek shot of Kylo Ren, and a nice combination of everything in the movie.

Here's the new promo banner for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. How excited are you?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

You can still catch the second, full teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens here. More soon.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, continuing the beloved original trilogy about Luke, Leia, Han & Chewie that ended in 1983, is directed by J.J. Abrams, of the films Mission: Impossible 3, Star Trek, Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness. The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, The Big Chill, The Bodyguard) and J.J. Abrams, with Kathleen Kennedy from Lucasfilm producing. This debut is the beginning of a brand new saga, with another trilogy planned for this storyline, not to mention other standalone movies in this universe. Disney, after acquiring Lucasfilm, will release Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters worldwide on December 18th, 2015.

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Reader Feedback - 39 Comments


...coming soon on playstation and xbox

Guest_of_Honor on Sep 4, 2015


If nothing else, this film series will inspire a new generation of dreamers, explorers and wanderers.

DAVIDPD on Sep 4, 2015


Someone probably said the same thing about Episode 1 after the teaser

ummmmmmmm on Sep 6, 2015


I strongly disliked the prequels. Their quality was about a 5/10. But their scale, scope and setting could have still inspired young minds. Let's not forget that for a few generations now, EPISODES I; II; III, were their STAR WARS.

DAVIDPD on Sep 7, 2015


A little disappointed with the Photoshop work in that 3rd one. You can see that some of those troopers are the same one copy and pasted (front from left, 2 and 5 for example) and the reflections in the floor - you would never be able to see the top of their boots. I know its picky and I am really am looking forward to the new addition to the iconic series but when this jumps out to me without even looking for it, and with a franchise as big as this, you would expect or at least hope for perfection, and that 3rd one is hopefully not a sign of things to come. May the force be with you.

Roy McAvoy on Sep 5, 2015



JohnDaggett on Sep 5, 2015


huh? The boots angle upwards and are thinks you don't get physics And it was probably rendered so maybe you should email Autodesk or whomever and tell them their algorithm needs

ummmmmmmm on Sep 6, 2015


Regardless of the program used, the artist took the trooper and copy/flipped him for the reflection. You can see this where the heel meets the floor - front row, 3 in from left, left foot for example. His foot is flat on the floor and yet there is a good amount of space between that foot and the reflection - its not correct any way that you look at it. This is from copy/paste. And for the reflection... we would not be able to see something facing upwards reflected in the floor from the this angle, looking down. Case in point (and I know she is not facing the same direction as the trooper but our angle of viewing is about the same), Some people may understand what I mean and you probably will not. Either way, it really does not matter. I am sure we all can agree that we are looking forward to this next film and hope that is does not turn out to be disappointing.

Roy McAvoy on Sep 6, 2015


you literally have no idea what you are talking about. of course you will see the side that is sloping up. I just put my thumb on the screen of my phone and sure enough I was able to see the reflection of my nail despite it being on top..why? Because a thumb isn't flat just like the boot. what a moron you are

ummmmmmmm on Sep 6, 2015


There's dumb and then there's Roy McAvoy dumb

Gro1950 on Sep 6, 2015


He knows all about reflections. It's when the sound of the person bounces around things and it vibrates. There's bo way the stormtroopers could create sounds with their state of the art armor. clearly this photo is a fake. it looks like crayons or something.

NewsGuest on Sep 6, 2015


You don't understand the graduation of shadows obviously. It's an obvious copy and paste. Let's go over a few things. 1) what does auto desk have to do with anything, it's merely the tool used by the artist. 2) it saves time to do this and tweak the shadows by the artist. They probably have a budget as most people do. 3) how does the boots angling upward explain physics exactly? Just curios as to how you came to this conclusion.

NewsGuest on Sep 6, 2015


hahahhahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahah the bar for stupidity has just been moved

Gro1950 on Sep 6, 2015


You're talking to someone who actually studies and works in physics and forensics. Just want you to state your case since you claim to know what you're talking about. You at the bar so why not demonstrate your intellect to all these people on your level of understanding...or just go back to being a keyboard jockey.

NewsGuest on Sep 6, 2015


You study physics but don't understand reflections??? hahahahahahahah oh I get it...mommy bought you a book on physics so now you think you can talk with the grownups

Gro1950 on Sep 6, 2015


Go ahead and explain all about reflections and light source. I'll correct you when it's needed.

NewsGuest on Sep 6, 2015


i read some more about phisics last night...I decided to test it out and I dropped my mom's cat and a feather outside my window...poor Mr. Jinx. Died in the name of science. But now I am an expert on gravity. It's like a big magnet that pulls us all down. So people must have like little magnets in their feet or something. The stormtroopers have magnets too but who ever created that pick got the magnets wrong or maybe they are just different in a galaxy far, far away. I like physics...and I like turtles. Dad said I can go to work with him tomorrow. I can't wait to tell all the grown ups about physics. I so smart. Teacher said I can be anything when I growed up.

NewsGuest on Sep 7, 2015


I've read a lot about physics. I'm busy building a spaceship out of cardboard. Mom said I can go to the moon after I complete my chores. Back to the topic at hand. There's no way a stormtrooper could create a reflection. They don't have software that can dream that stuff up. Maybe in 10 years using like 100 mac pros or something

NewsGuest on Sep 6, 2015


Start with the law of reflection. Once when you google it you'll understand why this is a copy and paste.

NewsGuest on Sep 6, 2015


there's glue all over this...clearly the guy used scissors to cut the stormtrooper from an old newspaper...and the used paste to get it to stick to my monitor.

NewsGuest on Sep 6, 2015


speaking of laws have you heard about the law of my mom's meatloaf? she's making it right now!! so excited for dinner and then maybe I can get dessert for being a good boy

NewsGuest on Sep 6, 2015


So Photoshop isn't an industry tool?

AstroPhD on Sep 8, 2015


bahahahahah...what an idiot you are

John Foster III on Sep 6, 2015


look man...I study physics. I know all about apples falling. this photo is fake.

NewsGuest on Sep 6, 2015


I grabbed a mirror...put my thumb on it...I was able to see the top of it in the reflection...why? Because it's curved like a boot...stop trying to look smart because you sound like a low IQ ruh-dard

Gro1950 on Sep 6, 2015


I agree. I hate seeing sloppy work like this on a poster for a movie with a production budget of over $200m and an obviously huge marketing budget. Instead of doing it right, this image that will be seen all over the world was done quickly. Only maybe 3 or 4 slightly different stormtroopers are used, copy and pasted a bunch, which makes some sense because the idea is that they're a faceless, uniform army. Though, with that few variations used, I would probably just say ditch the photo realism and make them all exactly the same and a graphic, like a war propaganda poster. That's more taste, though. I don't consider it as much a case of "do not do this!" as, say, the repeating background on the Batman v Superman title card. Anyway, the issue that seems to be at hand is the reflections and, very clearly, the reflections are just the stormtrooper layer copied and flipped, then aligned to the bottom of the "physical" layer. it's painfully obvious when the physical toes and reflection toes touch, but the heels are at the opposite angle as above and not touching. demonstrating real quickly, cut out the portion of the trooper needed, flipped it - keep the boots at 100% size and ratio, which would also be a rare occurrence in natural floor reflections - then lower the opacity. boom. simple, lazy reflection that anybody who's ever seen a reflective surface should be able to call out as not being real, or even convincingly well done.

Alex Hayden on Sep 8, 2015


Well said. Seems they could've spent more money on the marketing end of things or splurged a bit more on the QA department.

AstroPhD on Sep 8, 2015


second one is awesome!

ari smulders on Sep 5, 2015


These look stupid

NewsGuest on Sep 6, 2015


Fake...clearly the lightsaber is an effect and they didn't bother using a real one when taking the picture

NewsGuest on Sep 6, 2015


You know what zack snyder should make dragonball z

Mike on Sep 7, 2015


Another phantom menace

Mike on Sep 7, 2015


does anyone know when we will get a full feature trailer? so far it has just been teasers..

shane willett on Sep 8, 2015


eh a saw a few news sites, most notably IBT say that there will be one this week. but who knows, could be october for all we know.

sean_g on Sep 8, 2015


Supposedly on thanksgiving weekend ABC is supposed to have a exclusive commercial during the Macy's thanksgiving parade show... but sooner would be nice

shane willett on Sep 8, 2015


that seems rather late, maybe that's when they're gonna do one of those featurettes/interview/here's sneak peek things?

sean_g on Sep 8, 2015


Its now Sept.. were like 3 months away from a new Star Wars.. I'm just super excited.. want to see more and more content ... but wait we must young Padwan, for the answers we seek are right in front of us.. haha -- Clone Wars ..

shane willett on Sep 8, 2015


nice reference lol if we don't get it this week i'd wager october 🙂 i actually don't even know if i'd watch it yet

sean_g on Sep 8, 2015


Yeah part of the experience is knowing little to nothing about the story, but I think there going to set up a huge story arc for the new continued canon. It's going to anger a lot of fans, but make the ones who aren't, very happy.

shane willett on Sep 8, 2015

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