Snow White and the Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart as Snow White Mirror, Mirror starring Lily Collins as Snow White

Next year there will be two movies based on Snow White. How is this possible? Hey we had years with two asteroid movies, two period pieces about magic and two movies about penguins so … why not? With the “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Mirror Mirror” trailers both released in the past week, we have a first look at what these movies might be like. Both trailers are embedded later in this post so you can see which one might be up your alley.

“Snow White and the Huntsman” seems like a crazy epic hardcore movie while “Mirror, Mirror” seems like it’s pretty much a comedy. Completely different takes on the same basic idea, which is probably the best way to go. Having them be too similar would guarantee one of these movies fail completely, but if they each appeal to a different audience, they can both succeed without drowning the other.

Keep reading to watch both trailers.

“Snow White and the Huntsman” certainly seems at first glance like it may have more commercial appeal. It’s directed by a guy who’s done nothing else, and stars a bunch of pretty popular people. Snow White is played by Kristen Stewart, who is not the dainty girl we would expect, but instead a hardcore knight in armour. Surely her inclusion will help draw the hordes of Twilight fans to theatres, but she might also push away many who are annoyed by everything affiliated with the franchise, including an actress who appears to always be heavily sedated. Chris Hemsworth, who we know as Thor, is the Huntsman, and he seems to be all about kicking ass in this. Charlize Theron plays the very sexy Evil Queen.

“Mirror, Mirror”, despite also having a distinct visual style, seems like a completely different kind of movie. It’s directed by Tarsem Singh who has a number of credits to his work, all of which have very impressive visuals, something he surely intends to bring to this film. Julia Roberts plays the Evil Queen, the source of most of the movie’s jokes it would seem. Snow White is played by Lily Collins who’s … some actress I haven’t really heard of, but she’s pretty enough.

So which film are you more interested in seeing? I’m not sure either of them looks terribly good, but we’ll see how that goes. For now if I had to pick one or the other, I’d probably pick Snow White and the Huntsman mostly because I’m not big on parodies, but unless you budget only 10$ to see movies for an entire calendar year, you probably won’t have to make that choice. “Mirror, Mirror” is set to be released on March 16th while “Snow White and the Huntsman” won’t be out until August 9th. You’ll probably be able to watch one in theatres and the other on video on the same day when all is said and done…

If we use facebook as an indicator of popularity, then the “Snow White and the Huntsman” page is liked by 209,346 people as of posting this while the “Mirror Mirror” page is liked by … 11 people. That’s probably not a very accurate measure though…