The Lone Ranger Super Bowl Spot Finally Focuses On Its Title Character

By Katey Rich 2013-02-03 16:03:56discussion comments
Even though it's right there in the title, it might surprise you to learn that The Lone Ranger is not, in fact, entirely about Johnny Depp's character Tonto. Depp is a bigger star than the guy playing the actual Lone Ranger, Armie Hammer, so you can't really blame them for focusing more of the marketing on Tonto, but it really feels like a slap in the face when the movie's teaser art is about one character and the title is about another.

For the Lone Ranger faithful, though, the movie's 90-second Super Bowl spot has fixed all that, focusing much more on the man himself and his origin story-- and then getting into Johnny Depp's Tonto antics near the end. Take a look below:



All the silly stuff near the end is pretty agreeable, and nicely reminiscent of Pirates of the Caribbean, the last collaboration between director Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp that was a true hit. The hardcore action stuff at the beginning is a little less convincing-- "There were rumors that sustained us. Stories of a man born in the desert. A ghost, some said"-- but I suppose you need at least a little bit meaningful story to go along with all the adventures and exploding trains.

The Lone Ranger is coming to theaters on July 3. For everything else we know about it, click here.
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