Warcraft has a tough mountain to climb. To put it simply, video game movies have been atrocious. Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter, and most recently Hitman: Agent 47, have all been unsuccessful in living up to fan's expectation. It’s almost impossible to give reasons why these films have failed time and time again. However, Hollywood keeps pushing forward with the release of one of the most beloved video game franchises; Warcraft.
Duncan Jones, director of both Source Code and Moon, will be helming Warcraft as his next project. This film is due to come out on June 10. While fans are excited to see what Jones will bring to the table, most people are very uncertain about the outcome. Will this film break new ground and FINALLY kick-start video game movies? We still have Assassin’s Creed with Michael Fassbender in the lead due out in November, but THIS is the year that will make or break video game movies moving forward.
Blizzard Entertainment will Release a Prequel Comic
Blizzard Entertainment announced the release of a comic that will be a prequel to this year's movie. It will be titled Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood and will delve into some of the lead characters that we will see in the upcoming film. The graphic novel will span 112 pages and be released just three days before the film is out in theaters. It will be written by Chris Metzen, who is in fact familiar with the source material. Metzen has previously worked on character voices portraying Thrall in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and Vol’jin from Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Here is the official synopsis and cover for Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood:
“Discover how three of Azeroth’s greatest champions forged their first alliance, in the official graphic prequel to the Warcaft movie from Legendary, Universal Pictures and Blizzard Entertainment. In a fantasy action epic set decades before the film, the young and headstrong Llane, Lothar, and Medivh embark on a mission of vengeance that will forge them into heroes… the kind of heroes Azeroth will need in its darkest hour.” –IGN.com
Is Legendary Pictures Taking Cues from Lucasfilm?
It’s no secret that anything with the Star Wars brand will get fans excited. When Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4.2 billion, they also bought the rights to all future novels and comics that will be written and considered canon for this universe. Thus novels such as Tarkin, Lords of the Sith, Heir to the Jedi, Shattered Empire and Lost Stars were born. These novels and comic books were created to weave together the massive expanded universe that Star Wars is known for. Books in between films are produced to enable fans to get a better understanding of certain battles that may have taken place on a distant planet, and to learn more about a character that may have just been hinted at in a film.
Either way, Star Wars will continue to produce these fascinating novels that will allow many fans to deepen their love for this brand. This may be just what the doctor ordered for this new movie franchise in Warcraft. If this film is a hit, you can be sure that we will be seeing more books, games, and even comics that will give us more detail on certain characters. Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood is just the first tie-in movie novel to hit the store shelves. If this book sells well, expect more source material in the coming years.
Is this Good for the 'Warcraft' Brand?
Absolutely. It definitely can’t hurt the franchise that’s for sure. What I don’t want to have happen is the same fear I have for Star Wars. I don’t want to have read a novel or comic book to know what happened to a character in the past. For instance, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, C-3PO had a red arm which was never explained in the film. However, a recent comic informed us that he lost it from a battle against some kind of creature and eventually replaced his original arm with a red one. This sort of thing bothers me because I wouldn’t have known that unless I read the comic.
Like Star Wars, I wouldn't want something drastic to happen to a character in Warcraft, in a book or comic. I just want to watch the movie like I would any other film and enjoy it on its own merit. The film should have a beginning, a middle, and an end with a nice cohesive story. Star Wars and Harry Potter are both creating spin-off films at the moment with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them respectively. Hopefully these films will stand on their own, while keeping the core of what makes Star Wars and the Harry Potter franchise so special for fans.
I am very much looking forward to Warcraft and hope that it is a massive success for audiences. I want to see the video game movies do well which will hopefully give us other franchises such as Gears of War, Bioshock, and of course Halo.
BONUS! New Posters for Warcraft have just been released!!!
Check them out below!
These posters look incredible! I really love the caption each of them have: "Two Worlds. One Home." Each piece gives us something unique to look at. Sure these characters may have been photoshopped on there, but the backgrounds are what makes each and every piece stand out.
So what do you think of Warcraft releasing a prequel comic prior to the movie? Will you go and purchase the book before the movie comes out? Also, what do you think of these posters? Do they make you more excited for the film? I'd like to hear everyone's thoughts below and please share!
Photos courtesy of Screenrant.com.