2011 Looking Solid for Comic Book Movies


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2010’s crop of comic book movies was a bit lackluster in execution.  On paper though it looked promising.  2011 looks solid as well, and only time will tell if these movies can live up to expectations.  Not all of these are based on comic books but a lot surely take influences from them.

Below is a listing of what’s coming out and our initial thoughts.

January

  • Green Hornet – Seth Rogen dons the outfit in this updated tale of the classic character. – We’re expecting a flop, but hoping to be surprised.

February

  • I Am Number Four – It looks like X-Men for the kiddie set, and it’s based on a book? – With an X-Men movie coming out, this will either look solid or pale in comparison.

March

  • Battle: Los Angeles — Independence Day with an war movie twist. – The trailer looks awesome.  High hopes for this one.
  • Jane Eyre — Another take on Charlotte Bronte’s classic romance. – Marvel is doing a comic book (I believe), that’s why it’s here.
  • Sucker Punch — Zack Synder’s genre mish-mash. – Can’t wait for this one.

May

  • Kung Fu Panda 2 — Jack Black is back. – There is a comic book based on this property.  That’s why it’s on here.
  • Thor — Marvel’s first offering of the year. – The trailer has got me interested and waiting to see this on the big screen.

June

  • Cars 2 — Pixar sends the cast to Japan. – There’s a comic based off of this property.  I’ve never seen the first movie.
  • Green Lantern — DC attempts to launch a new property. – I’m nervous after seeing the trailer.
  • X-Men: First Class — Matthew Vaughn reboots the series. – I have no idea what to think but love Vaughn’s work.

July

  • Captain America: The First Avenger — Marvel’s third entry for the year. – So far this one is looking good.
  • Cowboys & Aliens — Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig star in this movie about aliens invading a town in the Old West.  Based on a graphic novel. – Great pedigree, no one will realize what the source material is.
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon — Third times a charm. – Has to be better than the second installment.  Right?

August

  • The Smurfs — The classic characters come to the big screen. – Who was demanding this one?
  • Conan the Barbarian — A remake of the classic Arnold movies. – Is this a remake or reboot?  It’s just not the same without Arnold.

October

  • Marvin the Martian — The Looney Tunes character gets his own film. – Like the Smurfs, there was demand for this?

November

  • The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn — Steven Spielberg brings the famous children’s novels to the big screen. – It’s Spielberg, it has to be good.
  • Happy Feet 2 — More dancing penguins. – There’s a comic book of this right?  I never saw the first.
  • Puss In Boots — Spin-off from the Shrek films. – Shrek got old for me. Hopefully this breathes new life into the franchise.
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 — Yeah, yeah, yeah. There’ll be a graphic novel adaptation eventually. – I saw the first film and hated it.  I’ve never read a page of these books.  Skip!

December

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked — More singing chipmunks to annoy parents – Why?