Moderator Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead) promised a surprise at the end of the Comic-Con Disney presentation, and we got one—the first-ever look at footage from next year's The Lone Ranger.
The minute-and-a-half teaser gave us the very first look at what director Gore Verbinski and star Johnny Depp are cooking up for their epic retelling of the classic western tale.
After an opening showing a train traveling across a plain and a hijacking in progress on board—with ominous narration about "whoever gains this power controls the future," whatever that means—we then cut to a quick montage of chases, crashes, guns blazing and Depp in his full Tonto regalia telling the Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer): "There comes a time, kemosabe, when good man must wear mask."
The footage was cut together so rapidly and the teaser went by so fast that it was hard to get much more than a surface impression, but it certainly seems like this troubled production will deliver on massive action (it should, since its budget has reportedly inched upward from $215 million to $250 million).
No word yet on the plot, the "power" or anything like that, but the audience didn't seem to mind, especially after seeing the shots of Depp and Hammer in their costumes. But that's what Comic-Con is all about—test-marketing this stuff for a captive audience. If today was any indication, The Lone Ranger should do just fine.