Two movie posters for Angelina Jolie's hit action flick "Wanted" have been banned by the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority, upholding public complaints that the sexy, weapon-baring promotional images glamorize the use of guns and violence and are unsuitable for children.
Seventeen complaints were lodged against the ads, one of which features Jolie draped over the hood of a car brandishing guns. In another ad, costar James McAvoy is pointing two pistols directly toward the camera, above what the ASA deemed to be "aspirational text."
"We acknowledged most viewers would understand the posters reflected the content of an action film," the ASA said in a statement. "However, we considered that because the ads featured a glamorous actress, action poses, several images of, or related to guns and aspirational text, they could be seen to glamorize the use of guns and violence."
Universal Pictures UK defended the images, claiming the poses, like the movie itself, were highly stylized and in keeping with the comic-book-based nature of the flick.