The biggest upcoming movies, 2012. In short, this year will be the largest ever for comic book movies and the number of exciting titles easily blows last year out of the water. Assuming your taste is mainstream, these are odds on to be the 20 best movies of 2012:
The Dark Knight Rises Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman Director: Christopher Nolan Release Date: 20 July 2012
Running The Dark Knight a close second for hype will be The Avengers. The confirmed line-up includes Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Nick Fury, Black Widow, and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Ruffalo is replacing Ed Norton as The Hulk. But who are they going to fight? It’s a challenge to find a credible threat that requires their combined effort – it looks like they’re turning to outer space for that, with a bit of Loki megalomania thrown in too. Director Joss Whedon has a daunting task on his hands.
The Amazing Spider-Man Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen Director: Marc Webb Release Date: 4 July 2012
Spider-Man gets a slightly uncalled for reboot that takes him back to high school. 27-year-old Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) is the new Peter Parker and Mary Jane is nowhere to be seen, replaced by Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone). This time Spider-Man has to face down against the Lizard (Ifans) and the “Proto-Goblin,” (Khan) a test subject of Norman Osborn’s experimentations. Martin Sheen is Uncle Ben, who presumably has to be shot dead again. The director of 500 Days Of Summer takes over from trilogy director Sam Raimi. They’re also going for a much lower budget, so expect more character work, less morphing sand.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Starring: Martin Freeman, James Nesbitt, Richard Armitage, Sir Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis Director: Peter Jackson Release Date: 14 December 2012
Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) journeys to the Lonely Mountain accompanied by a group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug. The LOTRings prequels are full steam ahead in New Zealand, with Peter Jackson in the director’s chair and union troubles put behind them. James Nesbitt will play Bofur, one of the main dwarves. Sir Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf. Others returning include Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, and Christopher Lee. The movie will be split, with chapter two (the literally-titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again) released December of the following year.
The Bourne Legacy Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen Director: Tony Gilroy Release Date: 3 August 2012
Matt Damon’s not in it. The character of Jason Bourne is not in it. Damon and previous director Greengrass were determined to end the series with the third movie, but the studio wants to continue the franchise, as it has made them too much money. This is not a sequel or a reboot, but a standalone story about another agent (Renner) trained by the murderous shadow government operation Treadstone, who went through experiences similar to Bourne’s or the character played by Clive Owen in the original movie. Rachel Weisz plays the love interest. Edward Norton is the antagonist. Matt Damon is not ruling out returning to the series at a later point, so this could act as something of a set-up for that. New director Gilroy adapted the original trilogy and directed Michael Clayton, so it’s actually in pretty decent hands.
Skyfall (Bond 23) Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney Director: Sam Mendes Release Date: 9 November 2012
MGM’s bankruptcy troubles are behind them so Bond is finally back in production. The plot sees him question his loyalty to M when her past actions bring serious consequences to the present. After MI6 itself is attacked, Bond must seek out and eliminate the threat. Bardem plays the main villian. Fiennes’ role is undisclosed. Young Ben Whishaw is the new Q. China will be one of the locations. Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Jarhead) directs from a script by Wade and Purvis, who’ve been the main writers on every Bond since TWINE. Quantum was a stumble from Casino Royale, taking the freshness and packing it back into the Bond formula. Hopefully they have learnt from their mistakes. 2012 will be the 50th anniversary of Dr. No and the franchise.