The first teaser poster for the new Rambo movie has debuted over at IGN, and with it comes another interesting development. Is that a new title we see on the poster? Is the sequel now simply titled Rambo? The last thing we heard was that Sylvester Stallone was going with Harry Knowles' suggestion to hang on to the working title, John Rambo, after internet criticism of "Rambo to Hell and Back" made the actor-director rethink that one. Of course, this poster would have had to have been designed before all that, so it's more likely that they went with "Rambo" because it's the most easily associated name to use for a tease campaign. It's like making a poster that just says "Indiana Jones". You don't need a full title to get people pumped.

As for the rest of the poster design, I'm into it. The black and white with rain thing makes me think of Sin City, and I'm always supportive of a minimal design with stark contrast. It is a little weird, however, that the background is white on one side and black on the other, only because the black background parts aren't as noticeable. If they're going for a representation of Rambo's internal conflict, they've allowed for the good (white) to be the focus. Of course, that could be the point. But then they shouldn't bother having Stallone facing his back towards us. Besides the fact that the pose is being overused in poster design this year (see this, and this, and this, and this, and this, and this, and this, and this, and this), the closed-off image makes us think about Rambo having some heavy issues. Then again, his head is turned toward the -- wait a second; I just realized I'm analyzing a Rambo poster. Sorry. Umm. Hey, look at that cool machete. This movie is going to rock!