ByAlexander Sly Shaddix, writer at Creators.co
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Alexander Sly Shaddix

Last week the Warcraft movie trailer dropped and it still is a controversial one.
A small war still rages on whether it looks awesome or terrible. But instead of focusing on what everyone already stated, let's dive to something all old and new Warcraft and World of Warcraft fans would be interested in.

Let's get a tour at the visual and thematical callbacks of the trailer to the game's regions and some possible characters for this and future movies.

The Landscape and Regions.

From Stormwind to Hellfire Peninsula the visuals for the different places we will visit in the movie are stunning. Besides some clumsy CGI in particular shots the rest looks amazing.

But beside the obvious (Stormwind, Hellfire Peninsula etc.) there are other places who are taken literally from the games.

Redridge and Lakeshire

The red scenery the fun and funny quests, those pesky murlocs and lots of gnolls and blackrock orcs, that was the experience back in the day while leveling in Redridge. Redridge was your second(or third if you count Elwynn Forest as a zone) leveling zone and the first time you stepped onto Lakeshire you were probably amazed at that big freaking bridge. Well guess what, all of those are in this movie and actually in the trailer too. The visual creators stayed remarkably true to the feel and imagery of Redridge creating a lot of feels for those that spent a good chunk of their early leveling in the area.

Lakeshire, in game and in the trailer
Lakeshire, in game and in the trailer

Westfall and Sentinel Hill


Another region, similarly to Lakeshire, right from the game is another early leveling zone, that is no other than Westfall.Westfall too has a unique feel to it with it's yellow landscape, harvest golems, gnolls(again) and it's high criminal rate. Yet it's a nostalgia trip every time a WoW player flies by the barren yet beautiful landscape. And the trailer delivers on that aswell.


Westfall in-game, Westfall in trailer
Westfall in-game, Westfall in trailer

Deadwind Pass and Karazhan


Everyone who read or played the storyline that should unfold in this movie knows that one of the most integral parts of the First War(the war of Humans vs Orcs) was the things that transpired in Karazhan the home of the Last Guardian Medivh. We all knew that we will see it, but many feared that the movie might not do justice to the legendery raid. And yet Kara looks stunning, way bigger than in the game wth the mountains of Deadwind pass right behind it.



Note: this is before Karazhan corrupted the area.


Note: I might be wrong about Karazhan.


Karazhan in-game and probably Karazhan in the movie
Karazhan in-game and probably Karazhan in the movie

Dalaran, City of the Kirin Tor


This one was very surprising to me. In the lore Dalaran became a floating city after it's sacking and later destruction in the hands of Arthas and Archimonde. Heck I even thought that the shot of Karazhan was actually Dalaran(and the mountains behind, being Alterac). Instead we are getting a glimpse of the lower half of Dalaran floating around and for a moment's notice a glimpse of the cities towers aswell (which I couldn't screen capture)


Blasted Lands and the Dark Portal


One quite expected shot, on the contrary with the previous one, in this one we see the Dark Portal seemingly already disabled and a bunch of orcs camped outside of it. This one was a bit hard to spot as the image is focused on Lothar and not the background but we can still see the bottom half of the Portal on the top left of the shot.


Lothar assaulting the Dark Portal
Lothar assaulting the Dark Portal

Possibly Duskwood

This one is a speculation of mine and is in no way confirmed. There is an orcish assault on some human footmen in the trailer in a dark forest. While a "dark forest" is way too vague for a place like Azeroth, geographically, the closest dark forest to Stormwind is Duskwood. The only thing against this speculation is that Duskwood has a very thick forest, so thick in fact that light doesn't touch the ground, so it can be Elwynn forest instead.

Possibly Duskwood
Possibly Duskwood

Possibly Burning Steppes and Blackrock Mountain


Another speculation on a shot is that of the meeting place of Lothar and Durotan. Many if not all people would think of Deadwind pass again. Thin dark passage and all. But I propose that that pass is actually the pass between Redridge and the Burning Steppes. Deadwind became dark

after this war

and the biggest giveaway is the

Burning, Mount Doom looking mountain in the background

and there is only one such Mountain close to Stormwind. Blackrock Mountain.


The Frostwolf-Stormwind meeting
The Frostwolf-Stormwind meeting

Characters

Now there were many characters in this trailer(and many more that the trailer shyed away from showing) but beside Lothar, Garona, King Liam Wrynn and others there are some other interesting but unnamed characters.

Gul'dan

We know he is going to be cast but we don't know what he will look like, or are we? There is a small glimpse of an orc in the trailer with bones portruding from his back and even skulls on those bones. Looking waaay too similar to Gul'dan from the Warlords of Draenor expansion. It looks like he is fighting some sort of duel with Durotan, probably a Mak'gora for the ways that he changed the orcs.

Gul'dan in WoD and possible Gul'dan
Gul'dan in WoD and possible Gul'dan

Grommash Hellscream

You say I'm crazy?There is no way they would include Grommash and say nothing about him? Well I probably am a bit crazy, but the point is, there is an orc in the trailer who looks remarkably like him. He has very little armor (Warsongs do not use heavy plate instead relying on mail or no armor at all) he has the same haircut as him, he is full green and he has a big jagged axe which is the way it is shown in nearly all media. This is a long shot but Grom slashing a screen (or a taxi) is kinda Blizzard's favourite cliche.

Grom Hellscream
Grom Hellscream

The Council of the Kirin Tor and Khadgar


There is a scene in the trailer of a kid (who looks like Khadgar) climbing some steps meeting some people with robes standing in a cicle. Considering that they are standing with an open sky behind them and that the steps are floating. That is probably the council chamber of the Kirin Tor. And the kid is probably Khadgar as, 1. He's a mage, 2. Khardgar got old after this war, 3. The actor cast to play him looks kinda young...



Note: Not a single mage there has long ears so it's definately not Silvermoon


The Council of the Kirin Tor
The Council of the Kirin Tor

Ner'zhul

Last but not least, we have a most probable glimpes of Ner'zhul in the trailer. Talking (probably to Durotan) about betraying the orcs to humans is an orc with warlock style gear (note the Clefthoof skull shoulders) and fel energy dripping from his eyes. Considering how Gul'dan is probably the orc mentioned above, this is probably Ner'zhul. His verdict to Durotan(probably) is important because Ner'zhul was the leader and high Shaman of the Horde during the Orcish Invasion.

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