Film / WarCraft
aka: War Craft

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...And hopefully zero Apexis quests.

An upcoming film based on the extremely successful Warcraft video game franchise by Blizzard Entertainment; more specifically, it is based on the first game in the series, Warcraft: Orcs and Humans. It is being produced by Legendary Pictures and Universal with Duncan Jones directing.

Set primarily on the world of Azeroth the story will follow the events of the First War between humans and orcs as seen through the eyes of the great heroes of both the kingdom of Stormwind and the Horde.

The film is currently set to be released on June 10th, 2016.

Previews: Trailer Tease, Trailer 1.

This film provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Distillation: Chris Metzen has compared it to Marvel Comics' Ultimate brand - which served as a foundation for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Adaptational Heroism: While Blizzard is known for establishing the heroic orc archetype, the Orcs in Warcraft weren't heroic from the start; in the first two games, they were genuinely villainous (later revealed to have been under the Burning Legion's orders), and their world got destroyed after by one of their own leaders in an attempt to run away when the humans began to win. Only starting with the third game were they developed into a more heroic race. In this movie, judging by the trailer, their world is already dying before the war starts, and they are trying to invade Azeroth out of necessity because they are looking for a new home rather than under the authority of demons. This is consistent with the Rise of the Horde novel. While Gul'dan is working for Sargeras, he used the promise of a new, ripe land to guide the orcs into building the Dark Portal.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Subverted. Garona is the only one to both speak the human and orc tongue, and she has to act as a translator between Llane and Durotan. The side which is in focus speak in English, while the side that is not focus speak in another language.
  • Alternate Continuity: The film is set in its own continuity. One of the biggest differences is that the war in this movie isn't started because of the Burning Legion: it's because Draenor is dying, and the Orcs are desperate to find a new home.
  • Ascended Extra: Durotan. While he is an important character it was established that he didn't play a major part in the First War. In the movie he will be a main character on the side of the Orcs.
  • Canon Foreigner: Taria Wrynn, Queen of Stormwind, was created to give the movie another important female character.
  • Composite Character: The trailers indicate that Gul'dan is a combination of his canon counterpart (a warlock with dark magic who corrupted the orcs and manipulated them behind the scenes) and Blackhand (who was the orc warchief who officially led the Horde in its initial attack on Azeroth, which Gul'dan is shown openly ordering).
  • Cute Monster Girl: Garona Halforcen. She looks like a Half-Human Hybrid, but she's actually half-draenei.
  • During the War: The story is set during the First War between Orcs and Humans.
  • Fanservice: During the meeting called by King Llane, the camera lingers for a gratuitious shot of a well-endowed High Elven noblewoman with Absolute Cleavage, just for this purpose.
  • Fantasy Gun Control: Subverted, many trailers and previews do have instances of gunpowder weapons among the human forces - even though this wasn't actually the case in the main Warcraft universe. Firearms were adopted by the Alliance during the Second War, courtesy of gnomes and dwarves joining the war effort. During the First War, humans relied on archers and ballistae.
  • Fantastic Racism: A prevailing opinion from Humankind are that Orcs are mindless beasts. The more heroic characters look past this.
  • First Contact: The main story is about the the Orcs making contact with the Human race, and how it leads to war.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Anyone with even a basic knowledge of Warcraft lore will know who the major characters are, the main plot points, major twists, who survives, who wins and who loses... Unless the creators pull a Not His Sled twist (which would make some sense if the Ultimate Marvel analogy is anything to go by).
  • The Hero: Unlike most war stories, there is one for each side in the war. Lothar for the Humans and Durotan for the Orcs.
  • Live-Action Adaptation: Still notably more stylized than your average fantasy epic. It's been compared to a Blizzard-made intro movies with live actors plugged in, rather than mostly realistic landscapes with CGI creatures. Some massive sets have also been involved, but they, too, are made to match the games' exaggerated architectural style rather than realistic castles and fortifications.
  • Our Orcs Are Different: Given that Blizzard is well known for establishing this trope, it's safe to say that the orcs in this film will be more fleshed out than the ones depicted in The Lord of the Rings.
  • Portal Door: How the orcs get to Azeroth in the first place.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In the original Warcraft lore, Orgrim Doomhammer was part of the Blackrock Clan as Blackhand's second-in-command. His brotherly friendship with Durotan of the Frostwolf Clan is described to be a rare occurrence in Orcish society given how segregated the clans were before the war. The film simplified this relationship to Orgrim being part of the Frostwolf Clan as Durotan's second-in-command.
  • Retcon: Averted. The movie's events are an Alternate Continuity and will have no effect on the canon of the games.
  • Scenery Porn: Stormwind looks gorgeous.
  • Translation Convention: The people of Azeroth and the orcs of Draenor each speak different languages, but it is heard in English depending on which side is in focus.

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