TOP 20: Wolvie's Most Anticipated Comic Book, Science Fiction And Fantasy Movies Of 2013
2012 was definitely a year to remember when it comes to movies. We saw a lot of great films, and if I had to choose my top 3, Cloud Atlas would take the third place, Life of Pi was my second favorite of 2012, and Looper takes the top spot for me. Each of these films have that something that I love about films. Both The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises are in my top 10 as well. Anyway, it's time for 2013, a year where we will see some long-anticipated movies, so here is the list of what I'm looking forward to the most (featuring films we cover here on the site). More below...
2012 is now behind us, which means it's time for my list of most anticipated movies of 2013, featuring the ones we cover here on CBM, like sci-fi, fantasy, comic book, horror and some action films. More after the jump...
20. A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD
Let's kick off this list with an action film that I'm hoping it will be at least decent. John "I'm Still Not Dead" McClane is back for another adventure, this time he travels to Moscow to help his son Jack, played by Jai Courtney (he was pretty good in Jack Reacher). While I didn't hate Live Free or Die Hard, it should have been better. I'm all for another Die Hard film and as a big fan of the franchise, I'm looking forward to this one. I do have one big concern, and that's director John Moore. His films are just, well, not good. We'll see, but I'm hoping for the best. If anything, I'll see it just for Bruce Willis' one-liners throughout the film. A Good Day to Die Hard hits theatres on February 14th.
19. WARM BODIES
This film hasn't really been on my radar until I saw that great trailer. Warm Bodies was written and directed by Jonathan Levine, and he directed one of my favorite films of 2011 - 50/50. Warm Bodies is a zombie comedy film, and the cast includes Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich and Rob Corddry. All in all, the film looks funny and unique and I can't wait to see it. The film is set for February 1st release.
18. AFTER EARTH
I really wasn't looking forward to this new M. Night Shyamalan film, After Earth. Shyamalan's track record for the last ten years speaks for itself, so it was hard to get excited about this film. However, as a big fan of science fiction movies, I'm definitely willing to give it a chance. The trailer looked pretty interesting, so who knows. I just hope that the big twist at the end is M. Night Shyamalan making a good movie. Starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith, After Earth is set to hit theatres on June 7th.
17. RED 2
Yes, another Bruce Willis film. What can you do? Anyway, the first film released back in 2010 was a great surprise. It was funny, action-packed and just plain fun. The cast from the first film is back, and while we still don't have a trailer or anything, I'm very much looking forward to this sequel. Summit Entertainment have set an August 2, 2013 release date for RED 2.
16. 47 RONIN
What are the chances that this won't be delayed again? 47 Ronin is directed by Carl Erik Rinsch and stars Keanu Reeves. It's a big budget samurai movie, and I'm always interested in these types of films. I really hope that Universal will release a trailer or something, soon. Right now, the film is scheduled to be released on December 25, 2013.
15. THE LONE RANGER
Yes, Johnny Depp looks silly in the film, but what else is new? Gore Verbinski's big action western The Lone Ranger is finally coming together after numerous delays. Walt Disney have released two theatrical trailers so far, and while the first teaser didn't really do anything for me, the second trailer is the reason why this is on the list. I really thought the footage looked pretty good, so hopefully we are in for a great action adventure film. The film will hit theatres on July 3, 2013.
14. EVIL DEAD
Haven you seen that new redband trailer? Because if you haven't, you really should. This remake of the Sam Raimi-directed horror classic, looks crazy brutal, bloody and just intense. Which is why I'm putting Evil Dead on the list. I simply loved the footage we have seen so far, and I can't wait to see it. It opens on April 12th.
13. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR
You know, I honestly thought we would never see a sequel to Sin City. Every few months, Robert Rodriguez talked about how they will start shooting soon, and that "soon" became years and years. But, the studio has finally set a release date for A Dame to Kill For, so here is hoping everything goes as planned, because the first film is one of my favorite CBMs to date, so I'm definitely curious about what happens next. The film is set for October 4th, 2013 release.
12. THE WORLD'S END
Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite for their final film in the "Blood and Ice Cream" trilogy, The World's End. I absolutely loved Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, so I really can't wait to see this one. Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Rosamund Pike also star in the film, which will hit UK theatres on August 14th, 2013 and US theatres on October 25th, 2013.
Joseph Kosinski's Tron: Legacy was kind of a disappointment for me. I wanted it to be much, much better. But, I do think that Kosinski has an eye for large-scale action films, as well as some character work (with the right script). I really liked the trailer for Oblivion. The atmposphere, visual tone, story... the film looks pretty great and I have high hopes for it. Plus, M83 is working on the soundtrack, so that's a big plus in my book. Oblivion will be released in theatres on April 12th.
10. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
While The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey received a mixed reaction, I really enjoyed it. It was a great return to Middle-earth, and the cast was just incredible. Even though making three films instead of two wasn't exactly a brilliant idea (and how come WB didn't mention anywhere in The Hobbit promotion that it's the first film in the trilogy?), The Desolation of Smaug is still a film I'm very much looking forward to. It opens on December 13, 2013.
9. KICK-ASS 2
I can't even begin to describe what I love about the first Kick-Ass movie. It's brutal, hilarious, with some wonderful performances and great direction from Matthew Vaughn. It's one of the few films that I watched more than two times in theatres. Kick-Ass 2 reunites most of the cast from the first film, and while Vaughn is not coming back this time around, I still think this will end up being one of the few surprises this summer. The film is set to be released on June 28th.
From the director of District 9. Oh, you need more than that? OK. Well, I think Neill Blomkamp's first feature film was so great and different, so when Elysium was announced, I was crazy excited. We still don't have a trailer, but we have seen some concept art and first stills, and the story sounds very ambitious. Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga and William Fichtner are starring in the August 9th release.
7. THOR: THE DARK WORLD
The first Thor film was really good. It introduced us to a world of gods, magic and larger-than-life characters. It was a film that many thought it wouldn't work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but director Kenneth Branagh managed to make an entertaining movie with two truly great performances from Chris Hemsworth as the title character and Tom Hiddleston as Loki. We saw Thor once again in The Avengers, and now that he and Loki are back in Asgard, the story continues in Thor: The Dark World. Alan Taylor is directing this chapter, and it's the second film of MCU's "Phase Two." The synopis for the film suggests a more character-driven story and new villains, so it should be interesting to see what happens next. The film is set for November 8, 2013 release.
6. THE WOLVERINE
Oh, yes... let's not forget about The Wolverine. While I would love to see Darren Aronofsky directing a Wolverine movie, James Mangold is still more than solid choice. Christopher McQuarrie's script is supposed to be great, and the film is based on the 1982 limited series by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont. Mangold described The Wolverine as a "Japanese noir picture with tentpole action," so that sounds pretty amazing to me. The first footage should debut in February. The film will be released on July 26th.
Gravity was supposed to be released in 2012, but it was delayed to 2013, with no specific release date set. It's a film we don't know much about, but I'm sure we will soon. I'm very excited to see it because Alfonso Cuarón is finally making a new film. This is Cuarón's first film since Children of Men, one of my favorite films of all-time. Gravity is a science fiction movie starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and they play astronauts - the only two characters in the whole movie.
4. PACIFIC RIM
"Giant f*cking monsters against giant f*cking robots." What more do you want?! But seriously, Pacific Rim definitely looks like a Guillermo del Toro film, and I don't know if it's possible for me to be even more excited about this giant science fiction epic. The trailer was pretty damn cool (though they could have used a different music), and I can't wait to see more promo materials for this one. Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba and Charlie Day are starring in the film, which is set to be released on July 12, 2013.
3. MAN OF STEEL
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's an awesome Superman film... hopefully. Zack Snyder is directing this reboot, starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Michael Shannon. I really liked that very first teaser released in July, but I loved the full theatrical trailer. I watched it way too many times. Man of Steel looks visually stunning, and it seems we can expect a good story as well. While Snyder's last film wasn't exactly groundbreaking, he still knows how to combine big visual effects with a great story (Watchmen). Come June 14th, I think a lot of people will be amazed with this new Superman.
2. IRON MAN 3
Marvel Studios have created such a big and interesting universe with their films, and I can't imagine what they have in store for us this summer. That moment in the great first trailer when Ben Kingsley starts saying "Ladies, children, sheep," you know that we are getting a badass villain. Anyway, Iron Man 3 kicks off "Phase Two" of Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I have a feeling this film is going to be something special. Why, you ask? Well, the big reason would be writer/director Shane Black, who seems like perfect fit for this character and story. Black already knows the character pretty well, as he helped Favreau and Downey on the story for the first film. As we see in the trailer, Tony Stark will go through a lot in Iron Man 3, and it will be a much more personal story. Hopefully Black will be able to match the brilliance of the first Iron Man, or even surpass it. Roll on May 3rd!
1. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
Back in 2009, a new Star Trek film was released, directed by J. J. Abrams. I was never a huge Trek fan, but I did watch some of the old movies. So, I went it expecting pretty much just another sci-fi action film. When the film was over, I was simply blown away. The writing, the direction, the performances, visuals, humor... everything was just top-notch. I couldn't stop thinking about the movie, so I saw it again that same weekend, and the third time two weeks later. Then, I watched all of the previous films, and most of The Original Series. I have a Blu-ray copy of the film, and every couple of months I watch it. It's that kind of a film for me. Now, the sequel titled Star Trek into Darkness is coming out soon, and it is definitely my #1 pick for this year. The full trailer was amazing, Benedict Cumberbatch is playing the villain, and I'm counting down the days until May 17th.
What are some of your most anticipated movies of this year?
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