There were only two superhero movie in 2010 viz. Iron Man 2 and Kick Ass (while Scott Pilgrim vs The World is based on a comic book, it certainly is not a traditional superhero movie). The former was a box office smash while the latter was a critical success. If you think the age of the superhero movie is over, think again.
In the years ahead, there will be many more superhero movies released and GEEK OUT! will attempt to give you the skinny on what is what is not as far as these upcoming movies are concerned.
On the slate for 2011 –
Green Lantern (starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan/GL). Already a teaser trailer has been released, which does not look promising. Hopefully, they will get things right in post before release date next year. I am not too hopeful though.
Thor (starring Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder). A clip shown at Comicon was aired, looked impressive enough to suggest that Marvel Studios will keep its great track record going as so far, two Iron Mans and the Incredible Hulk have delivered grand value.
Captain America: The First Avenger (staring Chris Evans as Cap). Thus far, only set pictures have surfaced which appear to be promising. Too early to comment really.
X-Men: First Class (starring James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw, January Jones as Emma Frost and Oliver Platt as the Man in Black. Matthew Vaughn will direct, and Bryan Singer produces). Whew! On paper, this one should really make up for the travesty that was X-Men: Last Stand but this is Fox we are talking about…
The Wolverine (Hugh Jackman reprises his role as Wolvie). Darren (The Wrestler, The Black Swan) Aronofsky will helm this sequel to the risible first film. Allegedly set in Japan and based on the classic Wolverine comic book mini-series written by Chris Claremont and drawn by Frank (Sin City) Miller. We shall see.
The Avengers (Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk). This is the BIG one. Can director Joss Whedon pull off the most eagerly anticipated superhero movie of all time. He better!
The Dark Knight Rises (Christian Bale as Batman). After the amazing success of The Dark Knight and Inception, Chris Nolan cache as a hot director is sky high. How will Nolan be able to top himself with this third (and final) installment?
The Man of Steel So far no casting news but we do know that Zack (300, Watchmen) Snyder will once again adapt another comic book superhero and who better than the superhero that started it all?! Superman will present Snyder with unique challenges, first and foremost, who will play the Man of Steel? Should be an intriguing exercise.
Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield will be the new Peter Parker/Spidey). Seriously, why reboot and start all over again? Do we really need to see the origin story all over again, when Sam Raimi has already made the definitive Spidey movies? Hurm.
Other films tentatively slated for release in 2011 and 2012
Conan, Fantastic Four, Kick Ass 2, Wanted 2, Ant Man, Ghost Rider 2 (REALLY?), Iron Man 3, Red Sonja, Deadpool etc.
We will keep you posted about the above films and more here at GEEK OUT!
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