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Photoshop Fails On Iconic Movie Posters You Never Noticed Before

2008 was NOT a good year for movie posters.

It takes a lot of hard work to make a movie happen, but that's why we have talented directors, actors, and writers. It's also difficult to spot minuscule mistakes in the posters for those movies, but that's why we have the internet!

1. Street Kings (2008) — Keanu Reeves may not be playing Neo in this movie, but there's definitely a glitch in the Matrix:

Keanu Reeves not pulling the trigger in Street Kings
Fox Searchlight Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

Many people may be calling for DC to release the "Ayer cut" of Suicide Squad, but I want to see the director re-visit Street Kings. Well, at least this poster. David Ayer has had a great career, with directing and screenwriting credits like The Fast and the Furious, Training Day, and Fury. Street Kings may not be the crown jewel of his filmography, but it's definitely worth checking if you're an action fan. 

If you haven't spotted what's wrong with this poster, it's because we've seen a billion movie posters with the protagonist shooting a gun. With all those bullets flying, it's easy to stop looking at whether anyone is actually pulling the trigger. If you look closely you'll see that Reeves isn't actually firing his gun. The muzzle flash was added later, but a crucial index finger was not.

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010) — An optical illusion worthy of a Hogwarts letter:

emma watson and daniel radcliffe
Warner Bros / Courtesy of Alamy

First off, HP7 Part 1 had breathtaking special effects. It was called "the most cinematically rewarding chapter yet," with effects "so special you don't notice them." The film was nominated for an Academy Award for visual effects, and just one shot of the "seven Harrys" scene took 90 takes! But it seems like everyone was all burnt out on the movie magic by the time they got to this poster. 

If you haven't spotted it yet, take a closer look at Radcliffe's head. Emma Watson is clearly inside the train, and part of his face is behind her head. So he should be inside the train too, right? But if you look at the top of Radcliffe's head, he appears to be standing outside the train. My guess is that they sized Radcliffe up to make him taller, without minding the gap.

3. 300 (2006) — Yes, this picture has been Photoshopped. No, it's not the abs:

Warner Brothers / Courtesy of Everett Collection

15 years later, and people still claim that the actors' abs in 300 were enhanced by CGI. I'm sure a lot of the men in this movie would've loved to gotten a helping hand from a Snapchat filter, but the truth is that they put in the work. As this behind-the-scenes video shows, they got "smashed" if they came into the gym looking soft (I don't know what getting smashed means, and no amount of God-Kings or Persian armies could make me find out).

No, the Photoshop blunder in this poster has to do with that big sword Gerard Butler is holding. he holding it? If you look closely at his hand, the sword's hilt doesn't line up with his closed fist. In fact, the sword isn't even in his hand but floating right behind it. This is Sparta, I guess.

4. Pretty Woman (1990) — Some people like salt-and-pepper hair, but this designer prefers much more pepper:

richard gere and julia roberts
Buena Vista / Courtesy Everett Collection

Shelley Michelle famously acted as the body double for Julia Roberts in this poster, but the graphic designers weren't done quite yet. If you've seen the movie, you know that Julia Roberts plays a sex worker who Richard Gere falls in love with (the tag line on the poster does a pretty good job of summing that up). 

What the poster doesn't tell you, though, is that Gere has dark grey hair throughout the movie. The salt-and-pepper look suits and defines the actor, but I guess it just wasn't good marketing for the movie. They significantly darkened Gere's hair for the poster to the point of it looking like a wig. 

5. Spider-Man 2 (2004) — MJ's got arms longer than Doc Ock's:

spiderman and mary jane
Columbia / Courtesy Everett Collection

Even after the onslaught of MCU movies over the past decade, Spider-Man 2 is considered by many to be one of the greatest superhero movies ever made. Director Sam Raimi brought his eye for special effects into a story that has more to do with human problems than superpowers. Combine that with an incredibly moving performance from Alfred Molina, and you've got a classic movie about the Web-Head.

What wasn't as stellar about Spider-Man 2, though, was the photoshop skills. This is certainly the most famous poster associated with the movie, but Kirsten Dunst's hand on Spidey's shoulder might've been an afterthought. Just look at her shoulder, then think about the Slender Man-like proportions she would have to have to place her hand where it is. But there's also a man with eight arms on this poster, so should I really be nitpicking?

6. Arrival (2016) — Imagine a poster with the Statue of Liberty in Chicago, and that's basically what's going on here:

Hong Knong and Shang Hai shown as the same location in Arrival poster
Paramount Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection

Arrival was quickly hailed as one of the best sci-fi films of all time, but it didn't get all that praise from this poster. For those who aren't familiar with the area, the massive alien spaceship is parked over Victoria Harbor. It was originally the Hong Kong Harbor, but...colonialism. However, there is one building in this image that is not a piece of Hong Kong's skyline. See that unique-looking pointy structure in the bottom right? That's the Oriental Pearl Tower, the fifth tallest self-supported tower in the world. The only problem is that it's about 750 miles away from Victoria Harbor, in Shanghai.

People were quick to call out the mistake, and the film's official twitter account stated: "An error was made in an "Arrival" poster by a 3rd party vendor. It's been corrected and we are disappointed we didn't catch the error." If you're going to photoshop a building into an entirely different area, why do it with one of the most recognizable buildings ever? 

7. Snakes on a Plane (2006) — This one's a little tougher, see if you can spot it:

two snakes wrapped around a plane
New Line Cinema / Courtesy Everett Collection

A "high concept movie" is something that can't easily be summed up in a sentence. "A huge shark terrorizes a beachside town," or "dinosaurs in the modern age." Boom, you've got Jaws and Jurassic Park. But what other movie has the chutzpah, the integrity, the vision to not only have a premise like "snakes on a plane," but make it the title and the best quote in the film? That would be like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button if it was called He Ages Backwards

This really is a nice poster — it's simple yet striking. But try to follow each snake's tail all the way to its mouth. See the problem? Something isn't adding up, and there's only one man to call. Fortunately, he's had it with all these snakes on his plane.

8. Bangkok Dangerous (2008) — Whatever Nicolas Cage is doing here, it's not the badass vibe he was going for:

nic cage pulling something out of his jacket with fire all around
LionsGate / Courtesy Everett Collection

Is this poster being meta, or is the tagline "It's all in the execution" just an awesome coincidence? Coming in at #82 (of 88) on Rotten Tomatoes' ranking of Nicolas Cage's filmography, Bangkok Dangerous didn't win any Oscars. It is a remake of a 1999 Thai film, but it's the only remake I've heard of that was directed by the same people as the original (the Pang Brothers). 

You may think the Photoshop mistake in this poster has to do with whatever Cage is reaching for in his jacket, but his other hand is where things get weird. See what's in his hand? Well, nothing's there. But doesn't it seem like something was there at some point? Apparently, there was an international poster in which Cage had his arms crossed in a similar way, holding guns in opposite directions. For some reason, the guns were removed, and one hand was stuffed in his jacket. The other is left dead-center, drawing the eye to nothing more than a claw. No wonder this won Worst Poster at the annual IMP Awards.

9. 16 Blocks (2006) — Only people who have actually seen 16 Blocks can find the Photoshop fail in this poster:

Bruce Willis without a mustache
Warner Bros.

This remake of a 1977 Clint Eastwood movie (The Gauntlet) has a simple premise. A police officer (Bruce Willis) has to walk a witness (Mos Def) across 16 city blocks. That's pretty much it. Directed by Richard Donner, the same guy that brought us Lethal Weapon, The Goonies, and Superman, 16 Blocks was shaping up to be another blockbuster 2006. So when this piece of movie marketing came out, movie-goers got ready for everything the poster promised: 1 witness, 118 minutes, Mos Def running, and Bruce Willis with a clean-shaven face. Can you guess which one of those wound up being a lie? 

That's right, when people finally sat down to watch 16 Blocks, they quickly noticed that, unlike in the poster, Bruce Willis has a very cop-like mustache throughout the entire film. Why digitally remove it for this poster? Was it an old picture of Bruce Willis they repurposed? Were executives afraid you wouldn't be able to tell who Bruce Willis was with a mustache? Whatever the reason is, the poster's designer still did a better job than whoever removed Henry Cavill's mustache in Justice League.

10. The Babysitter (2017) — Talk about ambidextrous:

The Babysitter poster featuring two right hands

Today, movie posters are more often digital than physical. Sure, half of all dorm rooms in the U.S. have a Pulp Fiction or a Scarface poster hanging on their walls. But for the most part, we're largely exposed to movie marketing on streaming services. One of Netflix's few horror-comedy originals, The Babysitter is a movie about a woman who terrorizes the boy she's babysitting. 

But as Reddit user u/moofthestoof pointed out the year this movie was released, the figure on the poster has two right hands. It may not seem like it at first, but imagine the woman holding those hands palm-down in front of herself. Both thumbs facing left? She must be a witch!

11. Supergirl (1984) — Supergirl may have had her first big adventure in this movie, but Lady Liberty had an identity crisis:

Warner Bros. / Courtesy of Everett Collection

Helen Slater played an amazing Supergirl, and she's come back to the Superman universe more than once in similar roles. Slater also played Clark Kent's biological mother in Smallville, as well as Supergirl's adoptive mom in the 2015 TV show, Supergirl. But even though Slater is the main focus of this poster, she's not the source of its design flaw. No, it's the other lady that's causing the trouble. 

See the Statue of Liberty? Her torch is still lighting the path to liberty, just like the real-life counterpart. The actual Statue of Liberty holds the torch with her right hand. But in an alternate universe (the same one that Supergirl exists in, apparently), Lady Liberty is left-handed. 

12. High School Musical 2 (2007) — We were all so busy singing along, we didn't even notice the hand growing out of Gabriella's forearm:

Zooming in reveals the cast's limbs are off

High School Musical 2 may seem like a fun summer movie of childhood, but this movie was massive. How big? It was the most popular Disney Channel Original Movie ever (makes sense), but it was even one of the most-watched television premieres in cable history at the time. That's a lot of tweens! You know what kids aged 6-14 aren't so good at? Spotting Photoshop flubs on sing-a-long albums. Luckily, I'm here.

These are some of the more difficult mistakes to catch, but all the issues have to do with the limbs. You've got your disconnected hands, double-arms, more than the normal amount of human fingers — you know, just relatable high school problems. We were kids! We figured we'd understand things like having 7 fingers by the time we were 18.

13. Wanted (2008) — I, too, do my best thinking with the cold steel of a hand cannon pressed against my forehead:

Universal /  Courtesy Everett Collection

"It's all about the arm," some marketing executive at Universal Pictures must have told the artist who created the movie poster. The reason this poster comes at the end of the list is because the jury's still out on whether the issue is a Photoshop fail or camera angling. Angelina Jolie does have relatively long arms, but why does this poster make it seem like she could scratch her lower back by reaching over her shoulder? Why doesn't she have a neck, her shoulder directly coming out of her chin? Why is her thumb as long as my middle finger? Clearly, there's some sort of trickery going on here, and the answers are...Wanted. By me. I want the answers. 

I'll see myself out.