Battle Lines Are Drawn on the Official ‘Warcraft’ Poster
Here’s a hot tip for anyone not currently enjoying gainful employ: now might be a good time to look into opportunities at Legendary Pictures. They’ve had a banner year, with a pair of hits of the “franchise behemoth” and “homegrown original concept” varieties in Jurassic World and Straight Outta Compton, and they released one of the finest pictures of the year just a few weeks ago with Crimson Peak. (They also released Steve Jobs, which made peanuts and drew mixed-to-positive reviews, but we’re trying to draw a narrative here.) And with all this success in the studio’s rearview, they’re still looking ahead to what could be the most successful year in their brief history.
Their big racehorse for 2016 is Warcraft, a feature film adaptation of the brain-jellyingly successful MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role-playing game, which is gaming jargon for “you’re gonna get whupped by either British or South Korean teens”) World of Warcraft. With over 5.6 million active daily subscribers as of June 2015, the film’s poised to meet with one of the largest openings of the year. Brand recognition makes or breaks box-office receipts, and no brand has more cemented strength with its consumer base than Warcraft.
The upcoming film has stoked excitement with the official poster, along with an announcement that the first trailer will drop on Friday, November 6. The poster itself doesn’t offer up much of anything new with regards to the film itself, setting the clear battle lines for the war between the human knights and orc menace with a dynamic red-blue color scheme. On the left, Toby Kebbell hides beneath a thick layer of CGI to portray Durotan, the lead orc. (Tangentially related: how in the hell do you pierce a person’s teeth?) On the right, valiant Travis Fimmell stands as Anduin Lothar, the knight tasked with protecting his kingdom from the encroaching orc forces. Fans of make-believe names will undoubtedly have a field day with this one. Don’t forget to check back in on Friday for the full ScreenCrush coverage of the trailer!
Warcraft opens in theaters on June 10, 2016.