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We’re a spoiled bunch, aren’t we?

Allow me to put on my Old Man Hat for a second. Once upon a time, the mere presence of a big budget movie as strange as Warcraft would have been exciting. Before the Lord of the Rings trilogy came along and made high fantasy palatable to the masses, this kind of movie simply wasn’t a thing. Fantasy films of this scope were relics of a brief period in the ’80s. The nerds of the early ’00s were still nursing burns from Dragonheart and that Dungeons & Dragons movie.

So when I watch the new Warcraft TV spot that has just arrived, I try to summon the me of 15 years ago, the me who would have watched footage of orcs battling humans while gryphons soared in the skies overhead with stars in his eyes. Even if the footage doesn’t do it for you, it’s amazing that this film exists in the first place.

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Warcraft Trailer Stills

Not too long ago, the first trailer for the fantasy video game adaptation Warcraft debuted, and while there’s some stunning visual effects and imagery on display, it looks like it might be a hard sell to general audiences who aren’t fans of the game. But considering how hard it is to please video game fans when a film adaptation of their favorite game comes together, they mostly seem to be pleased with how the movies seems to have turned out. You’ll understand why when you see some shots from the trailer compared to the World of Warcraft video game.

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warcraft trailer

Back in the day, I knew a handful of people who failed a college class or lost a job because they were too busy playing World of Warcraft. In a weird, dark way, that’s the biggest compliment you can give Blizzard’s long running video game franchise – the world of Azeroth was so compelling and addictive that people damaged their lives to inhabit it.

So the upcoming Warcraft movie has to appease an army of the faithful, the fans who commanded the Orc and human legions in the classic real-time strategy games and quested as individual heroes in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game. More importantly, it also has to convince regular audiences to take a chance on a complex high fantasy world full of its own unique rules. It worked out well for The Lord of the Rings, but the more colorful, sillier world of Warcraft may be a tougher sell.

The first Warcraft trailer is here. Sharpen your opinions and get ready for war.

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First ‘Warcraft’ Footage Gets Right to the Action

Warcraft tease

We know, we know: these so-called “trailer teases” are just a cheap way for studios to milk all the publicity they can out of a couple minutes of footage. But we also know that there are plenty of Warcraft fans who’ve been dying to see even the tiniest bit of action from Duncan Jones‘ new movie. And who are we to make you wait? Watch the very first footage from Warcraft after the jump.  Read More »

Warcraft poster

When you’ve invested upwards of $100 million into a game with 7 million subscribers around the world, you don’t half-ass the promotional campaign. So even though Warcraft is still seven months out, Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertainment are getting an early start on putting the word out. Following a handful of new stills this weekend, Warcraft has just revealed a splashy new poster, as well as details on the imminent trailer release.

Check out the first Warcraft poster, and get Warcraft trailer release details, after the jump.

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Warcraft Movie Photos

We’re just a couple months away from the end of 2015, which means it’s time for the marketing of the films of 2016 to begin, and Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft is starting small with some new images from the video game adaptation set for a summer release.

The new set of Warcraft movie photos show off glimpses of three primary characters: Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel), Durotan (Toby Kebbel) and Orgrim Doomhammer (Robert Kazinsky). Check them out below! Read More »

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star wars twitter

Twitter can be a wretched hive of scum and villainy that feels engineered to fill you with crummy feelings and ruin your day… but it can also be a miraculous forum on which to witness incredible people engage in incredible conversations about incredible things. Or at least super-nerdy things. Or at least hilarious mean things. Based purely on the strength of a lengthy exchange between filmmakers Rian Johnson and Duncan Jones, Twitter has earned the right to exist for another few weeks or so.

What happens when the director of Star Wars Episode VIII challenges the director of Warcraft to a Twitter duel over the value of their respective film series? You can see for yourself below.

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Earlier today we reported the unhappy news that Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim 2 had been “halted indefinitely,” but that’s not the only Legendary project that’s making Universal nervous. The studio reportedly sees Warcraft, due out next summer, as a “problem movie.”

That’s a worrying description, especially since the studio has yet to publicly release any footage for fans to judge for themselves. But director Duncan Jones isn’t bothered, and he makes a pretty good case as to why you shouldn’t be, either. Read his reaction to the Warcraft problem movie comments after the jump. Read More »

Video game movies coming soon

It’s no secret that the majority of movies based on video games are not very good. We’re not talking about movies set in the world of gaming or featuring fictional and real video games like TRON, Wreck-It Ralph, and this week’s release of Pixels. We’re talking about movies based on an existing video game title being brought to the big screen.

The first video game movie was Super Mario Bros. in 1993, and while that movie should have been terrible enough to kill the entire subgenre (the recent Honest Trailer for the film illustrates that pretty well), there have been about 26 video game movies released theatrically since then, and not one of them deserves to be called great (many of them can’t even be called okay).

However, there might be a chance that the future has some genuinely good video game movies on the horizon, that is if the talent attached to some forthcoming projects is any indicator. Below, we look at seven forthcoming video game movies that could break the apparent curse that plagues the subgenre.

Check out some promising video game movies coming soon after the jump!
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