FEATURE: PaulRom's 15 Most Anticipated Films Of 2013

2012 was a great year for movies, especially for the CBM genre. With the next year looking to be just as big, I look ahead to what films we can expect to see at cinemas in 2013, and list just a few that I'm excited for.

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By Paul Romano - 12/16/2012
2012 was one of the more memorable years in recent cinematic history. We received such box office successes such as Marvel's The Avengers (which now has the biggest opening weekend of all time), The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall and The Amazing Spider-Man. We also saw less than financially successful movies such as John Carter, Dredd, Battleship and Total Recall. But overall, it was a great year at the movies, and 2013 looks to be almost as exciting. With many geek-related films hitting theaters, 2013 could possibly surpass 2012 in terms of excitement. So it was rather difficult to narrow my list of most anticipated films to 15, so a good amount of it isn't in a particular order.




#15 - R.I.P.D.
July 19th



Since Ryan Reynolds' previous comic book movies (Green Lantern, Blade: Trinity and X-Men Origins: Wolverine) weren't very successful financially or critically, many are expecting the same for his upcoming Dark Horse adaptation R.I.P.D., which also stars Jeff Bridges. It's hard to say whether or not this supernatural action film looks good when there's no trailer yet, but judging from the storyline and the cast, this could be a decent movie. Bridges usually makes any film better with his presence, and Kevin Bacon as the villain should be a very nice treat (he was excellent as Sebastian Shaw in X-Men: First Class). Throw in a director who has some experience with CBMs (RED's Robert Schwentkie), and this may be worth a watch.




#14 - Oz: The Great And Powerful
March 8th



Another project that could easily be a winner or loser, this Wizard Of Oz prequel certainly looks gorgeous (despite the overabundance of CGI shown in the trailers). Disney may not have the best track record with live action productions, but Oz will hopefully be a stand out film from the studio. After thoroughly enjoying his first two Spider-Man films, I have full confidence in Sam Raimi directing this movie. Plus, James Franco is one of my favorite actors, and I have no doubt that he'll be fantastic here.




#13 - Despicable Me 2
July 9th



The first Despicable Me was a very pleasant surprise back in 2010, going on to becoming one of the best animated features of not only that year, but of the past several years. So clearly, I'm really looking forward to seeing the sequel. I'm very interested in continuing the journeys of Steve Carrell's Gru and his adopted daughters, and you gotta love those Minions. And the film’s villain will be voiced by Al Pacino in the legendary actor's animated debut. Sounds awesome, right?




#12 - Monsters University
June 21st



C'mon, you know you loved Monsters Inc., which is inarguably one of Disney/Pixar's best films to date. After previously making sequels to Toy Story and Cars, the studio is now revisiting the Monsters world in their very first prequel. The idea of seeing Mike and Sully in college is a rather delightful idea, and Pixar's track record has so far been excellent (although Cars 2 was quite a bump in the road, and Brave felt quite unoriginal despite otherwise being a solid film). Definitely one of THE animated films to look out for next summer.




#11 - Oblivion
April 19th



TRON: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski takes the helm in adapting his own 2014 graphic novel Oblivion, with Tom Cruise starring in one of several sci-fi projects in the actor's near future. I'm a sucker for sci-fi films, especially if they're on a scale as large as this, so this is a movie that I'm anxious to see. The recent trailer was surprisingly really good, promising stunning visuals, excellent cinematography and yet another great action role for Cruise. Even if the plot sounds similar to Wall-E, I'm quite excited about Oblivion.




#10 - The Muppets 2
December 20th



I never was much of a Muppets fan growing up (I preferred Sesame Street as a wee lad), but Disney's 2011 revitalization easily won me over with its charm and fun. Even without the involvement of actor/co-writer Jason Segel (who heavily pushed the development of the first movie), I'm very excited for the planned sequel. It was recently reported that Ty Burrell has replaced Christoph Waltz in a key role in the Europe-set film, after the Django Unchained star's negotiations broke down. Still, The Muppets 2 should be a delightful movie that’ll be released just in time for Christmas.




#9 - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
November 22nd



The first Hunger Games was definitely a surprise earlier this year, and I usually have zero interest in young adult novel adaptations. While I'm slightly disappointed that director Gary Ross isn't returning for the currently-filming sequel, I'm still quite excited to see how the story continues (the first film’s ending is quite the cliffhanger). And I definitely like the idea of Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) directing. His work on Catching Fire must really please Lionsgate, since he was recently confirmed to be directing the two-part adaptation of the novel trilogy's final novel, Mockingjay.




#8 - The Lone Ranger
July 3rd



The Lone Ranger is a film that isn't heavily anticipated, to say the least. From the enormous $250M budget to production problems to the much criticized casting of Johnny Depp as Tonto, you may be surprised to see this film as high as it is on my list. Despite its production problems, I think the Ranger's return to the big screen has a lot of potential. It has some great actors on board (Armie Hammer looks to be an inspired choice for the title role), and Gore Verbinski certainly knows how to direct an action film. I just hope he makes Lone Ranger more like Pirates Of The Caribbean: Curse Of The Black Pearl than At World's End. So even if the script isn't perfect, I think this will be a fun, entertaining movie.




#7 - The Wolverine
July 26th



The Wolverine has left fans divided in their expectations ever since the non-Origins sequel was announced. Judging from 20th Century Fox's Marvel track record, it's not hard to see why. However, I firmly believe that this film could be worth the wait. Everyone involved has been saying all the right things about the movie, and if X-Men: First Class is any indication, perhaps Fox is looking to produce more great CBMs in the future (especially with Mark Millar being creative consultant for the studio's upcoming Marvel films). Plus, Hugh Jackman has been fantastic as Wolverine so far, and I hope he's serious about the film truly nailing down the character. I just wish that Darren Aronofsky was still directing, even though I'm sure that James Mangold will do a good job.




#6 - G.I. Joe: Retaliation
March 29th



This was a film that was on my most anticipated films of 2012 list last year, but The Rise Of Cobra sequel was then pushed to a 2013 release to convert it to 3D and film some reshoots. While the original Joe film was quite disappointing, the new movie looks like it could be worth the long wait. From mostly featuring a new cast of characters to looking like a proper adaptation of the franchise, the trailers offer a lot to like. It even brought in two of the action film genre’s heavyweight stars, Bruce Willis and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. I doubt that it'll have an Oscar worthy story, but Retaliation will probably be a very entertaining flick, and a treat for die hard G.I. Joe fans.




#5 - Pacific Rim
July 12th



This is a film that many have been anticipating ever since acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro signed on to take the helm. The concept of giant monsters fighting giant robots alone should be able to sell this movie, which Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are hoping will be their next big franchise (a script for the sequel is already in the works). I'll admit that I wasn't blown away by the recently released first trailer. While showcasing some excellent visuals and some decent dialogue ("Today, we are canceling the apocalypse!"), it didn't quite have the "wow" factor that I was expecting. Nevertheless, Pacific Rim is still high on my anticipation list, and I'm confident that GDT will deliver a thrilling summer blockbuster.




#4 - Thor: The Dark World
November 8th



One of the most anticipated comic book movies of 2013, the follow-up to last year's Thor sounds like it could be yet another game-changer for Marvel Studios. With the promise of a more epic scale, Thor being forced to make big sacrifices, a more Game Of Thrones-esque feel (thanks to director Alan Taylor) and seeing how the events of The Avengers affects the characters all make this sequel a must-see, as well as continuing Marvel’s "Phase Two" and paving the way for the next Avengers movie. Oh, and seeing the God of Thunder take on Malekith the Accursed (played by Christopher Eccleston) should be awesome. I can't wait to see some footage, which I'm guessing we'll see with Iron Man 3 in May. Speaking of Iron Man 3...




#3 - Iron Man 3
May 3rd



This is easily one of the most anticipated films of next year. Marvel Studios' other offering for 2013 looks to be the best installment in the Iron Man franchise, with Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) taking the director's reins this time. Taking a more stand-alone approach, Marvel's first post-Avengers flick also promises to give Tony Stark his biggest challenge yet. The trailer, which released back in October, was excellent. I can't wait to see more from what just might be Robert Downey Jr.'s final outing as the Armored Avenger (unless he signs another contract with Marvel, which I think we all hope happens). Then there's Ben Kingsley, one of my favorite actors of all time, playing the Iron Man villain that we've all wanted to see, Mandarin. Yeah, I think Iron Man 3 will be a winner.




#2 - Star Trek Into Darkness
May 17th



Here's a film that I've been heavily anticipating for years. J.J. Abrams' 2009 take on the beloved Star Trek franchise blew me away, instantly becoming one of my favorite films of all time. And this is coming from someone who was otherwise never a Trekkie. As we draw closer to the sequel's release date, we're finally learning more and more about the film. What's still a big mystery is who exactly Benedict Cumberbatch is playing (I doubt it's just "John Harrison"). I have a feeling we won't find out until the movie comes out. Still, Star Trek Into Darkness looks to be another hit for Abrams, and possibly more personal than the original. Will it be even better than the first? We'll see.




And the prestigious First Place goes to...

#1 - Man Of Steel
June 14th



You may be surprised to find out that, despite my extremely high anticipation for Superman's next big screen outing, I never was a big fan of the character. Not because of his poor portrayal in Superman Returns, I just never felt particularly interested in him as I have in the likes of Batman, Spider-Man or even Captain America. However, I was immediately interested in Man Of Steel when I found out that Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, who were a part of the great creative team for The Dark Knight series, would be involved. I was also impressed with many of the casting choices, as well as director Zack Snyder and his promising that his Supes will actually punch someone. The film will also be a more human take on the legendary hero; in fact, the trailers suggest that this will essentially be "Superman Begins" in telling his origins and how/why Clark Kent becomes Superman. What we've seen so far has been phenomenal. Many of the scenes in the recently released trailer literally took my breath away. And not many trailers can do that. There's also a lot riding on Man Of Steel for WB, not only because they plan on releasing a Justice League movie in 2015, but also because it remains to be seen if the world is interested in another Superman film. While we wait for that answer, Man Of Steel looks to be not only the best movie of 2013 so far, but also one of the greatest comic book movies to date. Snyder, don't fail us now.




Well, that's a wrap. Feel free to list your own anticipated films of 2013 in the comments, and vote in the poll below.



Honorable Mentions: World War Z (June 21st); I, Frankenstein (September 13th); Ender’s Game (November 1st); Elysium (August 9th); Jack Ryan (December 25th)









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SmellofDuty - 12/16/2012, 10:17 AM
I completely agree with the top 3. Great list Paul!
PeeJ - 12/16/2012, 10:22 AM
I can't say that I'm interested in any of the childrens movies (hunger games, monsters, etc). Rest of the movies I'm looking forward to in varying degrees.

Disagree with your number 1 spot though. It baffles me why people still anticipate Superman films despite the fact that they are all dross and the character is fundamentally flawed.
FckyouFlipflops - 12/16/2012, 10:23 AM
no kick ass 2? :(
KarlRobinofEarth2 - 12/16/2012, 10:24 AM
Kick ass 2 man.
jimpinto24 - 12/16/2012, 10:26 AM
The Muppet's 2 threw me off a bit! Anyway, looking forward to all the comic book movies.
superotherside - 12/16/2012, 10:27 AM
Great list Paul. I'm going with IM3 as my most anticipated followed by Thor 2 then MOS. While MOS looks great, GL did as well, so I'm not putting my complete trust in them just yet.
janitra - 12/16/2012, 10:29 AM
You have exactly the same list as mine at least for 1-4.
And i think you missed kick ass 2
PaulRom - 12/16/2012, 10:30 AM
Hunger Games, a children's movie? Really? Thanks PeeJ, you just made my day.

@LEVITIKUZ: Even though I'm not a baseball fan, 42 does look good. I'd put it somewhere in my top 30-40.
didich - 12/16/2012, 10:33 AM
1. Man of Steel
2. Iron Man 3
3. Thor: The Dark World
4. Star Trek Into Darkness
5. Pacific Rim
PeeJ - 12/16/2012, 10:34 AM
I was born early 80's. And I'm not trying to start shit, its called having a differing opinion.

And yes, hunger games is a childrens film, just like it was a childrens book, same as Harry Potter. Specifically written to make children feel important. WTB more books that tell children to STH up until they have an education, maturity and are worth something to society.
PaulRom - 12/16/2012, 10:38 AM
I haven't read the novel, but apparently the Hunger Games books are way too violent to be called children's books. In fact, I've heard many say that if they adapted the first book 100% faithfully, it would easily be R rated. Even if the movie's violence was reduced to a PG-13 rating, it was still intense and too violent to let kids watch.
PeeJ - 12/16/2012, 10:39 AM
That is to say, nothing against your list, I mostly agree with it. I just dislike the Superman character and have a strong dislike of stories written to make a target group feel good about themselves (Harry Potter/Hunger Games - Children / Teens.. Twilight - Women who can't have a real relationship etc).

Sorry, if that came across somewhat blunt, I've spent the past four days in bed ill, it may have affected my temprement.
PeeJ - 12/16/2012, 10:41 AM
Part of my job means that I have to work in a lot of schools across the country. Trust me, they are childrens books, marketed at children. Wall to wall posters for Hunger Games and Harry Potter in pretty much every school library you enter, and they are provided FoC, the schools don't buy them.
FightAs0ne - 12/16/2012, 10:42 AM






SOOOO [frick]ING READY FOR 2013!
JDUKE25 - 12/16/2012, 10:43 AM
1-Man of Steel for sure.
2-Thor: The Dark World
3-Iron Man 3
4-Star Trek Into Darkness (Only because I'm not that in to Star Trek, but the trailer looked incredible on the big screen)
5-The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
6-Monsters University

The rest I'll see if someone asks or I'll wait till it comes out on blu-ray
JDUKE25 - 12/16/2012, 10:45 AM
2013 is going to be even better, in terms of movies, than 2012
JenovaStark - 12/16/2012, 10:46 AM
WTF, no The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug?
Bandido - 12/16/2012, 10:50 AM
I think im more excited for thor than iron man
1)Man of steel
2)start trek (which i honestly cant believe its my top 2)
3)thor
Bandido - 12/16/2012, 10:51 AM
@JenovaStark: that comes out next yr?!
TheRaven20 - 12/16/2012, 10:51 AM
Hunger Games aren't childrens books. Young Adult maybe, but definitely not for children. A book about 20 kids forced to fight to the death is NOT for children. Harry Potter started off as children books and evolved with its readers.
crazymarvelgurl95 - 12/16/2012, 10:57 AM
Man of Steel, Star Trek Into Darkness, Thor the Dark World, Iron Man 3, Pacific Rim, Monsters Univeristy, Despicable Me 2, Oz the Great and Powerful, Wolverine,
jazzman - 12/16/2012, 10:58 AM
how comes After Earth aint on the list i know M. Night been sucking for awhile but the trailer was fricking solid
Shamo - 12/16/2012, 11:06 AM
didn't even know a new Monsters movie was being made, much less coming out next year. thanks for the tip.

1. T:TDW
2. The Wolverine
3. Sin City 2
4. The Wolf of Wallstreet
5. The Great Gatsby
6. Pacific Rim
7. Twelve Year's A Slave
8. Iron Man 3
9. Two Faces of January
10. The Counselor
11. Elsyium
12. Mad MAx
13. Jack Ryan
14. Gotti
15. Man of Steel
Mystery - 12/16/2012, 11:08 AM
I think for 2013 it has to be IMO

1-Man Of Steel
2-Iron Man 3
3-Star Trek In To Darkness
4-Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
5-Kick Ass 2
6-Thor: The Dark World
7-Monsters University
9-The Wolwerine
10-Despicable Me 2
11-Catching Fire

I'm giving an honorable mention to Pacific Rim as it is directed by del Toro, but so far nothing has wowed me on that.

@Paul: I couldn't stop me from laughing out loud on that punching quote. It has been too long for Superman not to deliver a single punch, but I'm sure Snyder will deliver on that part big time!
Mystery - 12/16/2012, 11:09 AM
Wolverine*
ATrueHero1987 - 12/16/2012, 11:14 AM
I agree with you PaulRom. Never been a Superman fan(still not) don't like the character. I did like what I saw in that trailer though(last half anyway) So maybe MOS movie and comic might change that.

Not sure what my #1 anticipated movie is.
Shamo - 12/16/2012, 11:27 AM
saying Superman is the greatest superhero is subjective, not fact. nor was he the 1st superhero. off the top of my head, Namor predates him.
Bandrews1 - 12/16/2012, 11:31 AM
I agree with all of these :)
PeeJ - 12/16/2012, 11:33 AM
Shamo: Thanks for pointing that out, frankly, I'm too ill to bother arguing with rabid fanboys over why I dislike a character that only has one weakness and how that vastly limits your literary options with a character.

Lev: Firstly, the only reason I mentioned my job, was to explain why I've been into a lot of school libraries haha.
Secondly: School library.... full of children... I think you are missin g the point.
Alfredo27 - 12/16/2012, 11:40 AM
Superman ROFL that crap will be a monumental bomb in theatres. Just wait it will be Green Lantern 2.

Who wants GI Joes 2??? Who even saw GI Joes 1??? I dont even want to see 10/15 of these movies ever.
blueorangeny - 12/16/2012, 11:49 AM
Shamo - Namor predates Superman Lmao. Dude you should be banned for that stupid remark. Do your homework? Your comments are laughable.
Dynamo - 12/16/2012, 11:51 AM
@Shamo
By todays standards, no Superman isn't the first crime fighter. He was predated by the Phantom, the Shadow and the greek myths. But superman WAS the first SUPER hero. He was the one that lead to the phrase being created. He gave it it's name. And no, Namor was not created first. He was created in 1939.
INFO - 12/16/2012, 11:53 AM
MOS......
jazzman - 12/16/2012, 11:54 AM
@Shamo

u made me laugh LOL

cant believe what u said LOL
LP4 - 12/16/2012, 11:55 AM
Man of Steel
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 12/16/2012, 11:58 AM
Lets all pretend Shamo was trolling and spare him some dignity. No comicbook fan can be that stupid. Namor before Superman? Smh.
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 12/16/2012, 11:58 AM
Lol, intruder. Thor is a Thor rip off :P
Shara184 - 12/16/2012, 11:59 AM
That Thor comic made a century before Superman must be worth a fortune Intruder... :D
CeltiC527 - 12/16/2012, 12:02 PM
^Obvious Marvel fanboy troll is obvious
Ranger14 - 12/16/2012, 12:03 PM
I am too skeptical about MOS to consider it as my most anticipated. Thor, IM3 or The Hobbit are all toss-ups for me right now.

Intruder@ Thor has been around for a lot longer than a century prior to Supes. ;-)
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