I’m really underwhelmed with Dark Shadows, so let’s look at our first image from The Lone Ranger to start off. Featured here are Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the Ranger himself. What do you think?

Not gonna lie, and I doubt I’ll be the first or last to say this, but does Depp as Tonto come off as slightly racist to you? The makeup and costume look great, don’t get me wrong, but were there no American Indian actors available or willing to take the part?  I know the original part wasn’t very considerate to American Indians so maybe no one wanted the part, but you don’t cast Johnny Depp when you’ve run out of options. I don’t know, nowadays when a white actor plays an ethnic role you can’t help but get a little squeamish about whether or not it’s appropriate.

Otherwise, I think Hammer looks great! As of right now Disney‘s The Lone Ranger is set to release May 31st, 2013.

More Depp after the jump!

All right here’s some more Depp that hopefully won’t offend anyone. Actually, maybe it will because what we’ve seen of Dark Shadows is iffy. I won’t be able to make an opinion until I see a trailer and until then I don’t know what kind of tone Tim Burton‘s version will have. We need footage, these photos just ain’t cuttin’ it. What do you think of Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfieffer, and Chloe Moretz in these new stills?

I know Dark Shadows will look cool, there’s not doubt Burton knows how to make a visually captivating movie. I’m just unsure about how the soap opera cheesieness of the original Dark Shadows will translate to a modern movie. Guess we’ll all find out May 11th when it releases.

What do you think about today’s double shot of Depp? Which film are you more excited to see?

Sources: Comic Book Movie, Geek Tyrant

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