A newly released poster for Paramount Pictures’ Australian release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on September 11 features an image of the heroes plummeting down the side of a New York skyscraper.
The tweet from Paramount
The poster, which was launched on Paramount Australia’s Twitter and Facebook pages this evening has drawn immediate criticism on social media for its similarity to images from the Twin Towers attack in New York of September 11 2001.
On both social media websites the poster for the film – set in New York – was uploaded with the comment: “Check out the official poster for #TMNT in cinemas September 11!” The poster also appears to show the top of the tower exploding.
Online commenters immediately questioned the image, and whether the film distributor had considered the context. Some of the social media comments included:
It appears Paramount Pictures Australia has opted for a different poster to the one being used in the US where the movie has a release date of August 8.
US Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster
At the time of posting, the images remained on Paramount’s social media profiles and the company had not responded publicly. Comment is being sought by Mumbrella from Paramount Pictures in Australia and the US.