Thousands of feet beneath the Disney headquarters in LA, CEO Bob Iger keeps a cavernous bunker. In that bunker is a safe that houses a checklist of every single memory from your childhood and every day he travels below and visits the list. After saying a prayer to the Dark Lord Cthullu, he checks another box.
That can be the only explanation for Disney slowly but surely bringing beloved geek properties like Star Wars or the Marvel Universe under their vast umbrella: Disney feeds off the dreams of children. That, or they’re simply practicing smart business. My money’s on cavernous dream-sucking layer though, for the record.
Which brings us to the revisiting of another childhood favorite, director Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great & Powerful. This return to Emerald City is a prequel, one where James Franco’s titular wizard happens upon the kingdom and cruises down the yellow brick road. We know that Glinda (Michelle Williams) will eventually become the good witch, but the film’s mystery is whether Theodora (Mila Kunis) or Evanora (Rachel Weisz) go green with evil. Judging from the trailer you’d have thought it was Weisz that’d be donning the iconic make-up. Looking at this new poster, I’m not as confident in that assessment: