Comic-Con 2012: New trailers for Oz and Lone Ranger

First previews of Disney’s 2013 blockbusters

It’s been a busy first day at Comic-Con 2012, with such cinematic legends as Tim Burton, Jackie Chan, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger all gracing the Hall H stage.

But the highlight of the day was the Disney presentation, which treated us to brief sneak peeks at two of the studio’s most anticipated upcoming tentpoles.

First up was Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great And Powerful, a prequel of sorts that follows James Franco’s wizard as he goes from wily trickster to noble protector of Emerald City.
The trailer starts out in black-and-white 4:3, but transitions into glorious, technicolour widescreen as Franco’s con artist is sucked into a tornado and winds up in the wonderful world of Oz. 
From there, we get a first look at the film’s three witches – as played by Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz – as well as a menagerie of creatures: from razor-toothed pixies and moving china dolls to snappy mutant plants and, of course, flying monkeys.
“It’s different than anything I’ve ever done,” Raimi told us. “I’ve never done a family picture, but I loved the screenplay.” And while the trailer – which you can see below – doesn’t show any hint of a Bruce Campbell cameo, Raimi confirmed that his one-time Ash will indeed play a small part…
There was also a surprise preview of Gore Verbinski’s Lone Ranger, featuring Armie Hammer as the titular hero and Johnny Depp (here reteaming with the Pirates Of The Caribbean director) as his Native American sidekick, Tonto.
Despite a lack of plot detail and only brief glimpses of stars Hammer, Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, the trailer featured plenty of slow motion, gunslinging action and showed off a spectacular, train-chase set-piece that hinted Verbinski may well have got the budget he wanted after all. 
In short? A typical Jerry Bruckheimer production that looks like it could be a lot of fun. Here’s hoping Verbinski and Depp can pull off another surprise summer charmer.

What do you think of the Oz trailer? Let us know!


    • Pearceyy96

      Jul 13th 2012, 8:43

      Oz looks good but now my real excitement is The Lone Ranger trailer! When do we get to see this?? I need to see that train-chase that you called spectacular?! Better than the train scene in Super 8??

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    • Kellend11

      Jul 13th 2012, 9:01

      It has hints of Alice In Wonderland to it, with visuals and all. Please let it be better than Alice In Wonderland as I am quite looking forward to this.

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    • SiMan

      Jul 13th 2012, 12:46

      Surely this can't really be a prequel to the film of The Wizard of Oz - in that it is implied that Dorothy dreamt the whole thing so the Wizard wasn't real - I've just found out that the books apparantly don't go down this route though, and that Oz is a real place Dorothy visits. Has anyone read the books? aren't there are few of them and if so, is Raimi's film based on any particular one?

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 13th 2012, 16:12

      Looks not bad but Franco and Meg are weird choices. Love the casting of Weiz as the wicked witch.

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    • FBJRider

      Jul 13th 2012, 19:48

      Looks good, as has been said before me it looks close to Alice in Wonderland. Which is a good thing in one sense as that film was really good visually. Good casting for the witches as well, if the film turns out rubbish there's always Weisz, Kunis and Williams to looks at.

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