Shawn Ryan’s new Fox drama The Chicago Code doesn’t debut until February, but Fox has already started its promotional campaign for the new show. Look for lots of billboards to start popping up in big cities, as well as a slew of spots this Sunday during the network’s football coverage. Vulture is debuting the new poster for Code (see above), which features a menacing shot of Delroy Lindo (as corrupt alderman Ronin Gibbons) towering over the cops who’ll be trying to bring him down. If the key art feels vaguely familiar, you might be a fan of a certain classic Chicago-based gangster movie from the late eighties.
There are some definite similarities between Fox’s new Code poster and the one-sheet for The Untouchables — the bad guy looming, the crusaders below — and that’s probably okay with Ryan and Fox. Ever since the show was first picked up to series last spring, they’ve been working to make sure viewers have the right perception of it.