Like many, I had movie posters on my wall throughout my teenage and young adult years. To this day, I still have a Labyrinth poster up in my bedroom. But I probably wouldn’t if it looked like the uncanny movie posters artificial intelligence creates. Based on the art project Robomojo, it seems AI makes everything too much like post-apocalyptic nightmare fuel for me to want it staring down from my wall. But these AI-generated movie posters are certainly fun to scroll through! And there’s more added all the time.
Our Favorite AI-generated Movie Posters
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen movie posters created by AI. But Robomojo’s addition of the credits and taglines sets these apart. Leaving that familiarity in place highlights how oddly different AI works. Everything is just a bit off, like the alien flying above Earth for the first Star Trek movie. There’s some Vulcan elements there sure, but also lots of questions. Like, what is happening with the eyes in this AI-generated movie poster?
Spoiler alert! Darth Vader and his mini-me in the AI-generated Star Wars poster certainly get right to the point. Robomojo is a project by the artist Vincenzi and uses AI programs DALL-E 2 and Midjourney. He shared a bit about the process. “I’ll initially prompt it using just the film’s title to see what it generates, and the results unexpectedly open the story into a vivid alternative universe, which appeals to me. I wanted to know how the cold mind of a computer would envision these cultural touchstones. Art was traditionally seen as the last bastion of humanity in the face of technological progress, so it’s an interesting challenge to retain a sense of that humanity over this next chapter.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Admittedly, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a crazy prompt to begin with. We accept it now, but it’s an unlikely combination of words. The Robomojo site has dozens more AI-generated movie posters to check out.
Even Batman ends up weirder than Tim Burton could make it. Robomojo includes multiple iterations of the 1989 movie’s poster, but this one (above) of what looks to be David Tennant making out with a purple bat is the oddest.
The AI-generated movie posters cover every genre, including romantic comedies. Steel Magnolias looks more like a Terminator sequel than some of the actual movies in the series. And who knew Sleepless in Seattle is actually an alien horror movie? Or that the devil literally wears Prada.
The Papyrus-like font on Avatar‘s AI poster ends up looking perfectly normal in comparison to the updated one. There’s amazing skill involved in using artificial intelligence to create such effective art. It certainly got us talking!
Originally published August 5, 2022.
Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth.