From Wonder Woman to Warcraft: The 25 best movie posters of 2016

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Dec 19, 2016, 4:35 PM EST

Memorable movie posters are vital tools for the studios' mega marketing machines and often serve as filmgoers' first point of entry into the film's essential essence. Many of these obligatory advertising devices contain fresh imagery detailing the movie's tone, plot and characters, assaulting our eyes with a carefully crafted psychological spell that will hopefully burrow its way into our collective unconscious and convince us to plop down 12 bucks (or more) for a ticket.

The year 2016 was a banner year for inventive movie posters and teasers, from the familiar team assembly composition of superhero flicks, to cryptic peeks at fantasy forest creatures, to evocations of subtle terror delivered by supernatural horror fare.   

Have a look at this elite group of 25 classic one-sheets for movies released in 2016 or teased during the calendar year to ignite hype for a future premiere, then tell us your Top 3 in the comments below.