There are many great looking movies coming out over the next several years but these are the ones I am looking forward the most with the information I know about them.
The list is in order from least to highest anticipated.
The Amazing Spider-Man
July 3rd, 2012
Directed by Marc Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Martin Sheen (Uncle Ben), Sally Field (Aunt May) and Rhys Ifans (Doctor Connors)
I like the idea of rebooting the franchise and going in a whole new direction. I personally loved the original Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 is one of my favorite movies and is, in my opinion, one of the greatest sequels of all time but, Spider-Man 3 is one of the most disappointing movies I have ever seen. This new series is the chance for Spider-Man to redeem himself and get back into the spotlight. The cast is amazing (no pun intended) and from what I’ve seen the tone of the movie seems to be much darker than it was in the previous series. Also the main villan is the “Lizard” and which is awesome considering he is one of the coolest villans out of Spider-Man’s gallery of rogues. Hopefully this will be among my favorite superhero movies when it releases.
March 9th, 2012
Directed by Andrew Stanton
Starring: Taylor Kitsch(John Carter), Mark Strong (Matai Shang), Lynn Collins(Dejah Thoris), Willem Dafoe (Tars Tarkas), and Brian Cranston(Powell)
For information on the story and the books this movie will be based on, here is the Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Princess_of_Mars
A huge, sci-fi/fantasy epic from the guy who directed WALL.E and Finding Nemo? Count me in. This also has a great cast and will be using the same 3D and motion capture-technology that James Cameron used on Avatar. It’s been in production for a while now and we will hopefully be seeing the first footage very, very soon.
July 12th, 2013
Directed by Guillermo Del Toro
Starring: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day
In the future, a rift opens up in the Pacific Ocean and colossal monsters make their way out of it. The world must now unite to face this gigantic threat and in doing so they create sky-scraper sized, human piloted mechs to fight these enormous creatures. Probably the most awesome plotline ever right? The director is one of the greatest in the business ranging from foreign classics such as Pan’s Labryinth to big comic-book movies like Blade II and the Hellboy movies. Del Toro has been quoted on saying “this will be the biggest monster movie ever made.” I’m ridiculously excited.
June 8th, 2012
Man of Steel
Directed by Zack Snyder
Starring: Henry Cavill (Superman/Clark Kent), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Russel Crowe (Jor-El/Superman’s real dad), Julia Ormond (Lara/Superman’s real mom), Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), and Michael Shannon (General Zod)
Zach Snyder(300, Dawn of the Dead) definitely has a unique visual style to his movies and I personally love it but he has never really made a “great” film. Hopefully now with the guidance of his Executive Producer, the amazing Christopher Nolan, and the writers of The Dark Knight, he create his own new take on Superman that has the quality and depth of Nolan’s films but the visual flair of Snyder. Superman is the first and greatest superhero and the potential is definitely there to make the biggest, and possibly best, superhero movie yet. I don’t think people understand how epic a Superman movie could be. The guy has taken on all-out alien invasions by himself, smashed planets with his bare hands and flown directly through stars unscathed (I know I could have said “faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound ” but that doesn’t really show what he can actually do). That’s the kind of stuff I want to see in a movie. Hopefully we will.
March 1st, 2013
Directed by Neil Blomkamp
Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copely, William Fichtner, and Alice Braga
Neil Blomkamp has only directed one movie and its one of my favorite movies ever: District 9. That movie was a sci-fi masterpiece and will surely become a classic. In Blomkamp I trust. His next movie has an 120 million dollar budget, four times that of District 9, and he knows how spend his money. We don’t know very much but we do know that: it takes place about 150 years in the future, Jodie Foster is the head of state on an alien planet, the scale will be much bigger compared to District 9, it will be very violent, and will cover many sociopolitical ideas. Too bad we have to wait almost two years.
May 4th, 2012
Directed by Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlet Johansson (Black Widow), Colbie Smolders (Maria Hill) and Tom Hiddleston(Loki).
I’m pretty sure everyone and their grandmother is looking forward to this movie as it has so much potential to be great. Putting all these great superhero’s together in one movie is one big task but I have pretty good faith in Joss Whedon. The entire world is expecting this movie to be amazing and Marvel Studios has not let us down yet. Rumor has it that the plot revolves around Loki using a powerful object called the cosmic cube to summon an alien race called the Skrulls which the Avengers would then have to battle on earth. Sounds pretty darn awesome. Bring on May 4th, 2012!
The Avatar Sequels
December 2014 and 2015
Directed by James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri)
Avatar is one of my favorite films of all time but I know it has a couple of flaws. It had a couple bad lines of dialogue and it was very predictable but I still loved it. Sure, the main story-line has been used many times before but it was well told, epic and had a very original set-up. I compare Avatar to Star Wars all the time because they are not the best written movies ever but the stories are amazing, the world is so immersive and they both have characters we care and want to know more about. Avatar is, in my opinion, the most visually astounding movie ever made. The fact that this is being made into a trilogy has me so excited. I also really want to see the underwater side of Pandora that Cameron just promised he would show us. Also, James Cameron is the master of sequels with classic movies such Aliens and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Let’s just hope he can use his sequel magic on these.
The Dark Knight Rises
July 20th, 2012
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale (Batman), Anne Hathaway(Catwoman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Michael Caine (Alfred), Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox), Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (John Blake), and Marion Cotillard (Miranda Tate)
Ok I don’t know a single person who didn’t like The Dark Knight. It is commonly accepted as the greatest comic-book movie ever made and is in my opinion, one of the best movies of all time. There is no more trusted director other than Nolan and with good reason. I have seen every movie he has directed and every single one is no where close to being bad. I don’t expect that to change either. There are a bunch of new additions to a cast that was already superb, a great,multi-dimensional villan in Bane, and the inclusion of Catwoman should create an interesting dynamic with Batman. This series is hopefully going to go down as one of the best trilogies in movie history.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again
December 14th, 2012 and December 19th, 2013
Directed by Peter Jackson
Starring: Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Martin Freemen (Bilbo), Richard Armitage (Thorin), Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman), and Mikael Persbrandt (Beorn)
The Lord of the Rings are my favorite movies. They have everything you could possibly want in a movie: action, adventure, emotion, and humor. They were also some of the most visually impressive, and epic, movies ever made. The Hobbit is a much different story and is smaller in scale than the sequels but I can’t wait to see Peter Jackson’s spin on it. I am also glad that he is splitting it into two parts so he can capture everything that happened in the novel. Jackson is also adding elements from other books that take place during the same time period into the movie. I’m just so glad these movies are finally getting made by the same man who directed the original trilogy. These next couple years are going to go by so slowly waiting for this.