There are at least three things about the new Lincoln poster that indicate that the movie will be a solemn, serious one: 1) it’s in stark black and white, 2) it features the iconic president in a somber, reflective pose, and 3) the lettering at the bottom is in a distinguished Roman font. Anyone who was worried that the Steven Spielberg who directed Tintin and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull would show up for Lincoln can rest assured; the director of Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan is clearly back at the helm.

Also, the poster doesn’t have any vampires in it, so if the goal of the film’s marketing department was to create a poster that couldn’t possibly be confused with the poster for the unremittingly silly¬†Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, they’ve succeeded admirably. The only possible way to make the poster more serious-looking is to place a stereo next to it that blasts Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” in a constant loop.

Here’s the full poster:


Lincoln hits theatres Nov. 16th.