Legendary Pictures hit up Hall H this afternoon following the Warner Bros panel. After surprise Batman vs Superman footage and Wonder Woman that WB revealed, following that could be compared being the act that follows the Beetles. But, Legendary came out with a show stopper of their own, as Duncan Jones came out to premiere his upcoming film, Warcraft. He debuted a short teaser trailer. We don’t have the trailer, but we have a description and a motion title treatment below.
Here’s the motion Warcraft title.
Duncan Jones explained a bit about the premise of the movie – an origin story of the conflict in Azeroth. Before rolling out footage, he said it was unfinished and likened the process like making Lord of the Rings and Avatar at the same time.
Warcraft wrapped production about two months back, so the footage screened was still a bit rough. We hear a soldier who wonders if spending more time protecting his king than his son makes him “loyal, or a fool”. We then see the Orc soldier and in voice over, he ponders, “I’ve led thousands of warriors into battle but I fear being a father. Does that make me a leader or a coward?” It is very likely these questions may be answered in the movie but in the teaser, we go straight from these musings into some wonderful action.
The movie uses CGI and practical effects in order to achieve the look the director wanted to convey, and while the CGI is still being polished, the action was very satisfying. The audience sees the Orc army marching as the human army prepares to go to war. From here, the teaser presents flashes of action shots, which include elements of a destroyed Orc city and a gorgeous chamber that holds armor and swords, all ready for action, characters shooting blue lightning from their hands, even several gorgeous landscape scenes. The real treat, however, arrives when the Orc/human fighting takes over the screen.
The movie will certainly have a bit of a Lord of the Rings feel but it seems that Legendary wants to take it up a notch. It seems that there is plenty of ambition and love in the project and if executed correctly, it may change the way people view movies that are based on video games. Time will tell but the footage is already telling a wonderful story that everyone in Hall H can’t wait to hear.
Warcraft stars Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Dominic Cooper, Daniel Wu and Clancy Brown. The script was written byCharles Leavitt and rewritten by Duncan Jones. The film is set to be released in 2D and 3D on March 11th, 2016.