Legendary Pictures

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Background: Legendary Pictures was founded in 2000 by businessman Thomas Tull. In 2005, Legendary Pictures became a production and financing partner of Warner Bros. Pictures with its first production being Batman Begins. In 2014, Legendary Pictures went to Universal Pictures with a similar agreement to Warner Bros. to co-finance, market, and distribute all of Legendary's films after their deal with Warner Bros. expired. Legendary was purchased in 2016 by Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group.

1st Logo

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Nickname: "The Sword"

Logo: We see a forest above a lake, all obscured by clouds. As the camera zooms in, a sword fades in with the words "LEGENDARY PICTURES", in a majestic gold font, in front of it.

  • Early trailers for Superman Returns have a black background.
  • Early trailers for Lady in the Water have water with the sky reflecting off of it in the background.

FX/SFX: Either the sword zooming in, or no animation at all.

Music/Sounds: The sound of wind followed by a majestic fanfare, or the trailer's opening theme.

Availability: Pretty much rare. Only seen on the first trailers for Superman Returns, Lady in the Water, and The Ant Bully. The best place to find it is an early HD trailer for Superman Returns, which still exists. Despite the logo being fully animated, it was pulled immediately and replaced with the next logo before usage on any of their films, so don't expect this to be on Batman Begins (their first film).

Editor's Note: TBA.

2nd Logo
(June 28, 2006-October 16, 2009)

Legendary Pictures (2008)Nickname: "The Celtic Knot", "The Golden Celtic Knot"

Logo: Against a black background, we see an extreme close-up of a flame shooting downward. The camera pans back, and several more flames shoot across, eventually revealing a series of gold intertwining lines (resembling a Celtic knot) and the words "
LEGENDARY PICTURES" (in Copperplate Gothic Bold)below it, which are also in gold.

Trivia: This was designed by Picture Mill.

FX/SFX: The flames.

Music/Sounds: The sounds of fire accompanied by a violin/piano-like sound composed by Walter Werzowa.

Availability: Common, but no longer current; can be seen on films produced by the company such as Superman Returns, The Ant Bully, and 300.

Editor's Note: TBA.

3rd Logo
(April 2, 2010-July 12, 2013)

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Nickname: "The Celtic Knot II", "The Fiery Celtic Knot"

: Same as the previous logo, except the text flies in from the lower-right corner of the screen word-by-word, the logo looks "grungier" than before and moves from right to left, and some "sparks" appear in the background throughout.

Variant: On later films from the studio, the word "PICTURES" is removed.

FX/SFX: Same as the previous logo.

Music/Sounds: The sounds of fire accompanied by a triumphant fanfare, composed by Hans Zimmer.

Availability: First seen on Clash of the Titans. Also seen on Jonah Hex, Inception, The Town, Due Date, The Hangover: Part II, The Dark Knight Rises, Jack the Giant Slayer, 42, The Hangover: Part III, and Pacific Rim.

Editor's Note: TBA.

4th Logo
(April 24, 2014-April 12, 2019)

Nickname: "The Celtic Knot III", "The Celtic Knot In Space"Legendary Pictures (2014)

Logo: Same concept as the previous two logos, but the streak is blue, everything is against a blue space background, the logo is silver, and the view moves 180-degrees clockwise.

FX/SFX: The streak and the view moving.

Music/Sounds: At first, it used the same music as the last logo. Starting on Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, it used a triumphant theme composed by Frank Ilfman.

Availability: First seen on the trailer for As Above, So Below. The fully animated version debuted on Godzilla and last appeared on Little.

Editor's Note: TBA.

5th Logo
(May 3, 2019- )

Nickname: "The Celtic Knot IV", "The Infinite Celtic Knot"
Legendary (2019)
Logo: Same concept as the previous three logos, but the streaks on the Celtic knot are orange. We see a trail of infinite Celtic knots before we zoom out of the logo as it forms and the other knots disappear. The logo is now silver with gold trim, while the lettering is in a metallic sans-serif font. The blue background is darker.

Trivia: This was designed by yU + co.

FX/SFX: The streaks, the Celtic knots, and the camera panning.

Music/Sounds: The same Frank Ilfman theme as the last logo.

Availability: Brand new. First seen on Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.

Editor's Note: TBA.