'Noah' is less than a month away from hitting theaters and we still have no idea what to make of this thing. On one hand, almost every trailer has looked like a complete and total mess. On the other hand, this is the latest effort from Darren Aronofsky, a filmmaker whose incredible previous work has earned him the benefit of the doubt here. The latest material from the film only adds to our bafflement -- two new character posters solidify our worst fears, but the cover of the graphic novel adaptation of the film gets us interested all over again.

First, let's take a look at those posters, courtesy of Total Film. To be more specific, let's glance at those posters before we turn away in horror because they showcase everything that's wrong with modern poster design. Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly's heads are badly Photoshopped above roaring flood waters, the title character's ark floating amidst it all. These don't look like art for a blockbuster from one of cinema's greatest modern auteurs but instead seem like the covers to direct-to-DVD movies that you'd find for sale in a church parking lot.


However, the graphic novel cover, which debuted on EW, shows us something very different. Based on the first draft of the film's screenplay, the art is gorgeous and evocative, looking more like an epic fantasy than a religious drama. We've heard that 'Noah' contains some pretty wild stuff, but this is the first thing we've seen that truly shows off what we may really be in store with this movie. As Arronofsky told EW, "It’s a significantly different experience."

From the official description of the graphic novel:

It was a world without hope, a world with no rain and no crops, dominated by warlords and their barbarian hordes. In this cruel world, Noah was a good man. Seasoned fighter, mage and healer but he only wanted peace for him and his family. Yet every night, Noah was beset by visions of an endless flood, symbolizing the destruction of all life. Gradually he began to understand the message sent him by the Creator. He had decided to punish the men and kill them until the last. But he gave Noah a last chance to preserve life on Earth.

'Noah' is set to arrive in theaters on March 8. The first volume of the graphic novel will hit shelves on March 18.