This is a kindler, gentler Lethal Weapon — at least in the ads.
Though the 1987 movie with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover featured plenty of firepower in the promotional posters, the art for Fox’s revival is surprisingly weapon-free. EW obtained an exclusive first look of the drama’s key art, which shows stars Clayne Crawford (Martin Riggs) and Damon Wayans (Roger Murtaugh) actually smiling — unlike the images from the 1987 movie that showed a deadpan Glover and downright scary Gibson).
At the Television Critics Tour recently, Fox Entertainment Chairman Dana Walden told reporters how their goal is to avoid gratuitous violence in their shows. “Even the artwork you saw of Lethal Weapon, we’re trying to focus on the characters, not on guns, or the violence, in the show,” she said. “You have to hit a balance. They’re trying to create stories that are relevant in this day and age and feel heightened and have life and death stakes and take place in a cop world or in the world of terrorism, it’s hard to imagine that without any violence, so it’s just trying to find the right balance.”
Lethal Weapon, which also stars Jordana Brewster, premieres Sept. 21 on Fox.