2011 was a great year for comic book fans because of the vast amount of comic book to films that came out. We even got some surprisingly good sequels with Fast Five and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. 2012 looks to be even bigger with more sequels and comic book films. I’m looking forward to a slew of films coming out this year and here is the TOP 5 of those I dare not miss.
5. The Amazing Spider-Man
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Who’s in it: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Fields and Dennis Leary
Director Sam Raimi gave us three (Well maybe two) great Spider-Man films. The tone of the films were mostly on the light side but they were still quite enjoyable. Sony has decided to reboot the saga and leading the charge is director Marc Webb. From what little we have seen, it looks to bring a grittier tone to the proceedings. The villain this time is The Lizard whose human counterpart showed up in Raimi’s films but was never allowed to change in the scaly beast he is famous for becoming. I’m curious to see what Webb does with the 3D just for the fact that it was shot that way natively.
4. John Carter
Release Date: March 9, 2012
Who’s in it: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Thomas Haden Church, Samantha Morton, Ciarán Hinds, Mark Strong and Willem Dafoe
Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A princess of Mars, a book in an 11 volume series that many dub the grandfather of sci-fi novels, will finally get a the big screen treatment this spring. The story has a civil war veteran miraculously transporting to Mars, known to its inhabitants as Barsoom. There will be aliens that resemble the Navi of James Cameron’s Avatar. Director Brad Bird made the successful transition from animated films to live action with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Now Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo and Wall E) is looking to do the same with John Carter.
3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Release Date: December 14 2012
Who’s in it: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Andy Serkis, Christopher Lee, Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugo Weaving, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood and Cate Blanchett
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy was a cinematic triumph. Peter Jackson shot three films back to back to back and completely immersed into Middle Earth. Now we will be able to go back to Middle Earth with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of two planned prequels. Seeing the trailer for this gave me a sense of nostalgia and a wish that the film was right in front of me now for my viewing pleasure. The Hobbit will tell the story of Bilbo Baggins who was played by Ian Holmes in the the Lord of the Rings, and the adventure that we was set on that led to his discovery of the One Ring.
2. Marvel’s The Avengers
Release Date: May 4 2012
Who’s in it: Robert Downey, Jr.Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson
The Superbowl of the Marvel films is almost upon us. From its beginning in Iron Man continuing all the way to Captain America: The First Avenger, it will all come to a head when our heroes join forces to defend the earth against Loki and his alien army. As much as the Batman films have been successful for Warner Bros. and DC comics, they have not managed to do what Marvel has done with putting out individual films for our heroes and bringing them together for one big extravaganza. What is also a plus to many Fanboys and girls is writer/director Joss Wheddon at the helm of this eagerly anticipated project.
1. The Dark Knight Rises
Release Date: July 20 2012
Who’s in it: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman
For a long time I had The Avengers as my most anticipated film, just for the mere fact that nothing like that has ever been done. Not even after the teaser trailer of the Dark Knight Rises did I change my mind about The Avengers being number one. Not until the second trailer of The Dark Knight Rises and the six minute prologue that was shown in IMAX did I come to my senses that there will be no other film that will test the might of the Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan’s Bat-Trilogy comes to an explosive end come the 20th of July. Taking place 8 years after the second film, Gotham City is now at peace. That is until the mercenary Bane show up to wreak havoc on its citizens. With anticipation for this film at fever pitch only two question remain; How badly will Bane beat Batman and how important will Catwoman be in this film?Cool Posts Around The Web: