Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer were absent during "The Lone Ranger" Hall H presentation at Comic-Con, but that didn't mean the session became less interesting. The Gore Verbinski-directed adventure film unveiled its very first footage, which soon generated positive reactions among fans and reviewers.
Walt Disney Pictures presented the "Lone Ranger" clip as the conclusion of its panel, which included screenings of footage from Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie", Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and Powerful", and Rich Moore's "Wreck-It Ralph". The video was very short, but it offered glimpses at the beautifully designed Western setting used in the movie.
Depp's voice as Tonto was heard narrating, "There come a time, Kemosabe... when good man must wear mask." Glimpses at Tonto and Hammer's titular character were seen along with multiple visual stunners, including scenes of a slow-motion bullet shot and a massive train accident. Helena Bonham Carter's character was also shown briefly in the clip.
Following the screening, a number of movie reviewers poured out complimentary words about the big-budgeted movie on social media. Russ Fischer of /Film tweeted, "Brief THE LONE RANGER footage shown, looks over-blown, but like there is some legit energy. Depp looks weird, intense."
Another critic from /Film, Germain Lussier, wrote, "Lone Ranger teaser!!!! #SDCC looks really good," while Jordan Hoffman of Screen Crush gushed, "I dunno, Johnny Depp's kinda Uncle Tomahawking it up with LONE RANGER."
"LONE RANGER looks like the bloated death of cinema. But better than WILD WILD WEST. #SDCC2012," tweeted Devin Faraci of Badass Digest. Meanwhile, Marc Graser of Variety gushed, "Disney's The Lone Ranger looks big and expensive," and Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, " 'That was awesome' said one man after seeing the Lone Ranger footage. I concur."
To open wide in the U.S. on July 3, 2013, "The Lone Ranger" follows a masked Texas Ranger who survived the deadly ambush by a gang of outlaws. Together with his native American assistant Tonto, he fights against greed and corruption. The movie is not expected to wrap its filming until August.