2011 was a mixed bag as far as movies based off of comic book properties. Half were utterly dreadful and the other have only good. None were great to me. 2012 brings a few movies that might turn in around. While a couple I can call out as being garbage before they hit the screen there’s at least two latest entries in excellent franchises and one that continues one of the most audacious movie plans in history.
Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance – 2/17/12
As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form.
The first movie was dreadful, I wonder how this one was even made. The trailer looks like this could be a schlock movie, fun for how bad it is. Early word is it’s as bad as I imagine. Can Ghost Rider be done right on the big screen? How can we get it out of Nic Cage’s hands and into someone who has a clue? Where’s the petition for that!? This already is on my radar as being the worst comic book movie of the year and might be up there of all time.
Bullet to the Head – 4/13/12
After watching their respective partners die, a cop and a hitman form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy.
Based on a comic book by Matz published by Dynamite, I really need to track this one down. Matz is one of my favorite writers and hopefully this movie will get more of his work adapted. It’s a Sly Stallone adrenaline movie, so lots of guns, explosions and pithy one liners. I’ll be there opening night with popcorn in hand.
The Avengers – 5/4/12
Nick Fury and the international agency S.H.I.E.L.D. bring together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki & his various membered army.
This is all the marbles for Marvel and the audacious plan I was referring to. Creating one giant universe threaded together by various movie franchises hasn’t ever been done at this level. Bringing together Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and more, this movie will either be huge or a huge mistake. The trailers look amazing, and it’d be my top anticipated movie of the year if it wasn’t for the third movie of another franchise.
MIB 3 (in 3-D) – 5/25/12
Agent J travels in time to MIB’s early years in the 1960s, to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.
Bet you didn’t know this was a comic book before a cartoon or movie. Will Smith needs this to be big. The man isn’t quite the draw he used to be. The first trailer is out and it looks funny, but the second movie was meh and when it comes to time travel stories, they tend to be hit or miss. There’s a good chance though, even if panned by critics, the film will do well with audiences. I’m just hoping for decent 3-D.
The Amazing Spider-Man – 7/3/12
Teenager Peter Parker grapples with both human problems and amazing super-human crises.
A pretty gutsy reboot in a franchise that’s not too old. But that third movie left a bad taste in my mouth. Andrew Garfield seems to be the real deal of a fan boy playing a comic hero and the movie really sits on his shoulders. The leaked images of the Lizard, the main adversary, gets me nervous and the first teaser trailer makes the movie out to be emo-Spider-Man. Still, the 3-D has potential to be the best of the year with all of the swinging. Or the biggest potential of giving the audience motion sickness. Out of the big three movies, this is the one I’m most nervous about.
The Dark Knight Rises – 7/20/12
Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, the terrorist leader Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing it and its police force to their limits, forcing its former hero Batman to resurface after taking the fall for Harvey Dent’s crimes.
Really the only question is how huge the movie will be. I’m expecting it to break the midnight screening record, opening weekend and possibly highest grossing movie ever. The anticipation is high and this is the movie for everyone to beat, no matter the genre. The prelude and trailers have all left my jaw on the floor. Hopefully the entire movie holds up to their quality.
Dredd – 9/21/12
In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.
Another reboot, this take on the iconic character can’t be as bad as the Sly Stallone stinker. Out of all of the films, it has the potential to be the underdog hit. It won’t make Avengers, Batman and Spidey money, but there’s a chance it might be the cult film of the year and kick ass in DVD and Blu-Ray sales. Hopefully it’s good enough to get us a new franchise to look forward to.