I thought I’d take some time to list Marvel and DC’s upcoming film projects, as well as my thoughts on them.
Here’s a run-through of what’s coming:
THOR (Marvel) Based on the comic about a Norse god who is banished to Earth but who must reclaim his powers. Chris Helmsworth (Kirk’s father in STAR TREK) and Natalie Portman star, along with Anthony Hopkins. I’ve never really been a Thor fan in the past but this movie does look pretty good from the teasers (Including the one at the end of Iron Man 2) and it’s got Kenneth Branagh directing as well. I predict it will do pretty well until Pirates of the Carribean IV comes out two weeks later.
GREEN LANTERN (DC) Based on DC’s space-cop series about a test pilot who gets an alien ring that can create objects out of green energy but has one weakness-Yellow. Ryan Reynolds stars in this, a film directed by Martin Campbell (Known mainly for Bond reboots Goldeneye and Casino Royale). DC needs a hit-although the Nolan Batmans have been sucessful, they’ve failed to really get any other of their big heroes going on the big screen. This might be the one, but we’ll see.
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (Marvel) The latest in the X-men series seems to be unclear at this junction whether it’s a reboot of the existing continuity or in the same ‘universe’ as the previous films. James McAvoy and Kevin Bacon star, and the plot probably involves the formation of the X-men and features Magneto and the elite mutants known as the Hellfire club.
CAPTAIN AMERICA (Marvel) Features Chris Evans as the patriotic superhero (Evans had previously played the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies) and Hugo Weaving as nemesis the Red Skull. Rumored to more of a period piece as Captain America takes on a group of bad guys-Hydra-during World War II. Directed by Joe Johnston, who did a similar project in the 90s with THE ROCKETEER.
COWBOYS AND ALIENS (?) Features Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. That’s really all I know 🙂
Wolverine II-Directed by Darren Akrosky, this continues the origin of the Wolverine character, this time taking place in Japan.
Ghost Rider II-Nicholas Cage as the demonic superhero, but rumored to not be too strong on the budget this time.
The Avengers. Teaming up Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, the Hulk and Nick Fury as well as some newcomers. Directed by Joss Whedon, this should be real good.
Spider-Man-the reboot of Marvel’s flagship hero features Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) as Peter Parker, Spider-Man and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. Director is David Webb. A little strange since Spider-Man 3 although a critical flop was a commercial sucess, but oh well.
Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. This, along with AVENGERS is probably the comics project with the most hype….here Nolan returns to helm his third Batman movie, and presumabely this will deal with Batman’s redemption after taking the fall for Harvey Dent/Two-Face in the Dark Knight. The villain hasn’t been confirmed yet, but it won’t be the Riddler or Joker, probably. Tom Hardy (Star Trek:Nemesis and Inception) has been cast alongside regulars Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman.
Superman:The Man of Steel-still in development, this film will be directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) and a Superman is yet to be chosen, although rumor has it that it will probably be an older actor. This will be a reboot apparentally and more action heavy than SUPERMAN RETURNS.