Fake Zelda Netflix Posters Featuring Tom Holland Fooling the Internet

Three posters show Tom Holland as Link, Emma Watson as Zelda, and Idris Elba as Ganon.

Image: Nintendo / Dan Levelle / Kotaku / Dmitr1ch (Shutterstock)

Convincing fakes have been a threat since at least the advent of photography, so what’s so shocking about a set of AI-generated images? Zelda The posters circulating on social networks is the number of people who have decided that they are real. At the time of writing, these fake images of an alleged Zelda movie produced by Netflix have garnered almost 30,000 shares, many of them from people who apparently take them for real. Let’s go friends. the original post by creator Dan Levelle He even says they are fake!

I say this, but it is easy to see how people would have been misled. Leveille cast some of the top A-list actors like Tom Holland, Emma Watson, and Idris Elba. Their faces are so familiar that they help sell the fantasy, even if you don’t have any context to know if a movie is in production. And when fans want something to be true, they probably aren’t thinking too hard before hitting the “Share” button. But seriously, everyone. Leveille says in her third line: “JK. Made with #halfwaypaint with #dallesome facial corrections with Tencent ARC and a lot of Photoshop.”

However, that didn’t stop fans from sharing the post without comment or tagging their friends in the post. Many featured eyes, heart eyes, or fire emojis. Others complained in the comments that Netflix was ruining their beloved franchise. Some racists sarcastically said the casting was bogus because Netflix would have used more actors of color.

Three images show how an AI image maker tells the AI ​​to take another step to create a character's hat.

If an AI like Midjourney doesn’t get a detail right in the first step, you can tell it to iterate through trouble spots until it does.
Image: Dan Levelle

halfway is an AI lab that creates photo-generating software, and Dall-E is the name of another group’s software that also creates images from text and internet art (and without the consent of the original artists). So at no time did Holland sit down for a Link cosplay photo. Even if they realize that the images do not represent reality, someone who is not connected to the Internet might assume that they are the product of simple image editing software like Photoshop. But unlike traditional image manipulation software, it doesn’t take a lot of training to become proficient at generating deep fakes, so we’ll see a lot more such fakes in the future.

The poster’s creator, Dan Levelle, said Kotaku about your process by email. First, he created an ad to feed Midjourney. “In most cases, I ran the prompts over a hundred times, so I’d let them run all day,” she wrote. “The main challenge was getting the faces to look like the actors and then the characters as well. 95% of the time, the face doesn’t look close enough to the actor’s.”

The AI ​​generator adds a blue earring to Tom Holland's elf ear.

Leveille’s image shows how he instructed the AI ​​to refine Holland/Link’s earlobe.
Screenshot: Dan Levelle

They solved that problem using a facial correction tool and then used Dall-E to “regenerate” specific features. Fixed remaining bugs in Photoshop.

Levelle has previously done a Zelda movie poster outside the image of Tom Holland. various media selected up the historyY Google search “netflix zelda” inflated from September 25 onwards. The articles note that the posters were created using artificial intelligence, but Leveille managed to fool a real movie distribution company, which showed the fake poster alongside upcoming real productions, such as the third season of The Wizard, Constantine 2Y black adam. Let’s go everyone. Google exists!

In the meantime, you can get 100% true and unbiased gaming news on a little-known website called Kotaku.

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