Disney Makes Shock Change to Han Solo Movie Posters to Please Liberals


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Han Solo isn’t the only one who looks stupid.

Caught up in the current hysteria about guns in the United States, Walt Disney Studios have doctored promotional posters for the new “Solo: A Star Wars Story” to remove the space hero’s trusty blaster.

But if someone at Disney thought this was going to be a PR winner, the public response so far has been a disaster.

The movie is due out in May, but its promotional campaign kicked off on Super Bowl Sunday with the official release of its first trailer, according to the movie news website Collider.

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The first posters released showed the film’s stars carrying a variety of weaponry – the kind space outlaws and rebels would tend to be outfitted with if they were going to have a chance of surviving in the brutal universe created by George Lucas.

But in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting in Parkland, Florida, the posters underwent a radical change, according to the entertainment website MovieWeb.

The young Han Solo (played by actor lden Ehrenreich) has had the blaster-bearing arm digitally removed, as have the other characters pictured in the posters.

The result is worse than a needlessly sanitized image. In the Solo poster, the expression on Ehrenreich’s face while he’s aiming the blaster looks calm, deadly and determined. The mouth being slightly open just adds to the look of concentration.

Without the blaster giving his eyes an implied object of attention, he comes across, at best, looking like a guy reaching for his car keys and not finding them.

At worst, he looks like a moron.

The social media response was scathing – and hilarious.

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Some commenters pointed out the essential inanity of the move.


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Jokes aside, the disarmed Han Solo poster not only demonstrates the hypocritical hysteria that’s gripped the culture these days when it comes to guns, it also does its own kind of violence to the memory of the original “Star Wars” characters – and the memories of the moviegoers who made the franchise so successful.

Remember when the original Solo, played by Harrison Ford, scoffed at Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, and the character’s attempt to master the Force and the lightsaber?

“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a blaster at your side, kid,” Ford said, in a “Star Wars” scene highlighted by the website The Kingdom Insider.

This was the Han Solo generations of Americans understood. Not to get all weepy about a fictional character here, but just speaking logically, the character was a perfect foil for the arc of the whole franchise.

The craziest part is that Disney is making an utterly pointless gesture here, and everyone, including Disney, knows it.

As tragic as school shootings are, there’s not a chance they’re going to be either caused by a movie poster, or prevented by inane digital doctoring of one.

All it really does is make everyone involved look stupid. And at least Han Solo doesn’t really exist.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.