Movies based on video games have notoriously disappointed fans, but Warcraft looks to change that.
Footage from the film premiered at San Diego Comic-Con in an effort to tide us over as we endure the excruciatingly long wait until its release in 2016. The teaser reassured us that the heart of the film is in the right place with its focus on the very core of the Warcraft universe: orcs versus humans.
Warcraft aims to be an origin story and, as hinted at in the teaser, will reveal how the orcs and humans first came into conflict. The teaser has yet to be released to the public, but don’t worry! We’ve got a breakdown of the exclusive footage.
“I’ve spent more time protecting my king than my own son. Does that make me loyal or a fool?”
A human (likely Anduin Lothar, a champion of the Alliance played by Travis Fimmel) grimly speaks as we get a glimpse of what appears to be the Alliance preparing for battle. Weapons, shields, and men lining up with banners fill the screen before cutting to a sky tinged with green.
“I’ve led thousands of warriors into battle but I fear being a father. Does that make me a leader or a coward?”
We hear a second voice, presumably the orc chieftain Durotan, as the Horde is seen on screen for the first time. He mentions that their home was destroyed and they have nowhere to go. We hear one final line.
“Is war the only answer?”
The intriguing parallel between the two main champions of the opposing factions leads into an epic battle. There are many elements that will be easily recognized by fans of the Warcraft universe. We see a mage (played by Ben Foster) casting spells and Lothar (Fimmel) swoops down on an orc while riding a gryphon. The CGI is impressive despite the film being very early in post-production. The orcs, which are a combination of CGI and motion capture, are reminiscent of the orc characters seen in Blizzard’s World of Warcraft cinematics without being cartoonish. Director Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) has described the film as a “technical challenge” and likened it to making “Avatar and Lord of the Rings at the same time.” It’s no surprise that we won’t see a release until 2016 even though filming wrapped in May.
In addition to the teaser debut, Legendary Pictures also had props from the film on display at their booth. Doomhammer, an orc weapon rich with lore, and an Alliance sword along with a shield ornately decorated with a golden lion look like they could have been pulled straight out of World of Warcraft. The film manages to have a realistic look and feel even with the dominant fantasy elements.
Warcraft releases on March 11, 2016. Until then, we’ll have to rewatch World of Warcraft cinematics to get our fix of orcs and humans battling it out.
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