Comic-Con 2012: Disney wows Hall H with ‘Lone Ranger’ preview

Adam Pockross
Movie Talk

Disney showed up full-handed for their Comic-Con Hall H time slot, with Tim Burton talking "Frankenweenie;" Sam Raimi, Mila Kunis, and Michelle Williams unveiling the gorgeous "Oz The Great and Powerful" trailer; and John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, and director Rich Moor showing the first ten really fun minutes of "Wreck-it Ralph". But the big surprise at the end of the show is what really had fans screaming.

In an unannounced move, Disney dropped "The Lone Ranger" teaser trailer. And what a swashbuckling, action-packed surprise it was.

As a desert, western landscape unfolds, the title cards reveal we are witnessing a Jerry Bruckheimer production of a Gore Verbinski film. So we know right away it's going to be big.

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Another indication is the vast expanse of the land opening up before us, as the voice over resonates poetically about the essence of power. Old time trains roll up to a station. The speech continues as a darkly veiled man talks to a room full of seemingly powerful men.

All seems well and good, until the room is shot to bits! By whom? We don't know. But suddenly, steaming locomotives are rolling down the tracks. And there's obvious bad guys aboard. The hour seems dire.

Until like a bolt of lightning, we gaze over, where atop the plains we spy a beefy man in a black suit, black mask, and white hat. Our hero, Armie Hammer. Next to Armie's Ranger stands his kemosabe Tonto, played with pageantry and poise by a shirtless Johnny Depp with a crow on his head.

The dynamic duo getty-up after the train (sorry, no "Heigh Ho, Silver"). There are flashes of fighting, struggle, and gunfire, followed by a brief moment where we see a mask-less Ranger in a tense, tight shot. Then we flash to Tonto somehow appearing underneath the train, looking like he's ready to pounce.

And boy do the fans in Hall H seem ready for Johnny to pounce.