Comic Book Movies are the Rave in 2012
This year is the time for comic books to transit to the big screen, bringing out the best of old school super heroes in full-fledged cinematic goodness.
The list of movies to look forward to is a promising one for all comic book enthusiasts. Some of the films slated to release in the first half of 2012 include Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance on Feb 17, The Hunger Games on Mar 23, The Avengers (Marvel) on May 4, Men In Black III on May 25, and G.I. Joe II: Retaliation on June 29.
At the second half of 2012, The Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel) would release on Jul 3, The Dark Knight Rises (DC) on Jul 20, and The Hobbit on Dec 14.
One of the much-awaited movies, The Avengers, is the sixth installment in the Marvel motion picture universe that features a star-studded cast – a collective ensemble of superheroes including Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America, all of which have had their individual movies screened over the past four years, leaving The Avengers as the apt culmination of Marvel films this year.
Many of these films are sequels such as Men In Black III, G.I. Joe II and The Dark Knight Rises, creating a natural anticipation from avid fans for the latest movie chapter. However, others such as The Hobbit, is instead a prequel to the epic trilogy – The Lord Of The Rings (LOTR) by author J. R. R. Tolkien; a timely release following the third and final installment – The Return Of The King.
Feeding off the ongoing hype from the trilogy, movie buffs of LOTR are eagerly awaiting the release of the two-part fantasy film – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, directed by the famed Peter Jackson.
Fans will be pleased that actors from the LOTR trilogy will be reprising their roles in The Hobbit, such as Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Christopher Lee as Saruman and many more.
Another eagerly anticipated film includes The Dark Knight Rises, the third installment of director Christopher Nolan’s Batman film series, and sequel to Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008).
The Dark Knight Rises takes place eight years after events of The Dark Knight. Taking inspiration from the Batman comic book series Knightfall (1993), the film will see the debut of the villain ‘Bane’ and two other villains from the Batman mythology played by actors Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy. Unfortunately for fans, Nolan intends for the film to be a conclusion of the series.
Interestingly, The Amazing Spider-Man is not a Spider-Man 4. Instead, it is a reboot of the Spiderman film based on the comic book of the same name, with the same superhero filmed from a new perspective.
2012 seems to be a blockbuster year for the many comic book stories that will explode onto the big screen, and it is undoubtedly something that many are looking forward to.