2013 Summer Movie Preview!
Summer is just around that corner, and with that comes one of the best times of the year. No, not going to the beach: summer movies! Specifically summer movies based on comic books, the greatest thing on God’s green Earth. This year sees the return of Tony Stark (without his Avengers buddies), Kick-Ass and Hit Girl, and of course, ol’ Canucklehead, Wolverine. It’s not all sequels though, as we’ll also be seeing Pacific Rim from director Guillermo Del Toro, and R.I.P.D. with Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. In fact, just looking at the number of releases this year is daunting. With this many movies to choose from, how can one pick? Well, I’m here to help. So without further ado I present to you the films I’m most looking forward to this summer!
Fresh of his stint in The Avengers, Tony Stark returns to the skies, except this time against the Mandarin (played by Ben Kingsley), who looks to be a formidable enemy and a nice change of pace from the previous techno-villains (even if he doesn’t have his power rings). This is the official start of “Phase two” of the Marvel cinematic universe, and I can’t wait to see how the events in Avengers will shape the next films to come. While I did find it strange that Stark refuses to call in his teammates to help him against Mandarin, the recent TV spots have played up Tony’s desire for revenge against his new enemy, and it is keeping in line with his characterization. After the less than great Iron Man 2, it looks like Marvel has learned a few things when it comes to Tony’s solo adventures, and I can’t think of a better way to start the summer.
Giant monsters vs. giant robots. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro. What else do you need to know?
Director Neil Blomkamp’s follow up to District 9, Elysium is another futuristic sci-fi tale, except with an “occupy Wall Street” bent. With the upper class living in a ring around the planet, the rest of the world is stuck living on Earth. When Matt Damon is sent on a mission that requires him to go to the titular ring, he embarks on a mission that could reshape the divide on Earth. I’m a huge fan of District 9, and have been waiting to hear about Blomkamp’s follow up since the film was nominated for an Oscar. All signs point to this movie being another hit for a director who could become one of the next big things.
Finally adapting everyone’s favorite Wolverine story (well, everyone except Ralph), the follow up to 2009’s abysmal X-Men Origins: Wolverine will hopefully redeem the character after his CGI cash grab. Taking place after X-Men: The Last Stand, Logan travels to Japan, where he meets a man he once saved back in World War 2. Hugh Jackman is back as Logan, and somehow he looks even more insanely ripped than before. The trailer already looks a hundred times better than Wolverine’s last solo movie, and the prospect of him taking on an army of ninjas guarantees that the theater will be getting my money.
Dave Lizewski is back in the green jumpsuit and ready to take a bite out of crime. Since the events of the last movie, Kick-Ass has sparked a superhero movement, inspiring dozens of ordinary citizens to dress up and fight crime. As one group, lead by Jim Carrey’s Colonel Stars and Stripes, attempts to convince Kick-Ass and Hit Girl to join them, Red Mist is secretly plotting his revenge for his father’s death in the last movie. I was skeptical of the sequel to the first film, especially when original director Matthew Vaughn left, but after seeing the trailer I’m definitely seeing it. The film looks to have kept the same tone as the original, and Jim Carrey looks hilarious. Hopefully we get enough interest for the third entry, which hits comic stores this May.
I’m calling it right now: This is The End will be the funniest movie this summer. Centering around the likes of Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Danny McBride, who are all playing versions of themselves, this film looks to see what happens if Hollywood was the center of the Apocalypse. The first trailer is hilarious, and early buzz on the film is extremely positive. Hopefully we’re not let down by it.
This right here, is my must see of the summer. There’s a lot riding on Man Of Steel, although I’m sure the cast and crew wasn’t aware that their film’s success would ultimately decide the fate of the cinematic DC universe while they were filming it. While I’ve never been able to follow Superman in the monthly comics for longer than 4 issues, I’ve always liked the character and his origin story. Everything new piece of footage I see has been better than the last, and despite all the “Deadliest Catch” jokes, I found the original teaser released last year to be extremely moving (especially the Russell Crowe voice over). With a phenomenal cast that includes Michael Shannon as General Zod, Henry Cavill as Superman, and Kevin Costner and Diane Liane as Jonathan and Martha Kent, Man of Steel has a lot going for it, and I for one am excited for a Superman movie (which surprises me, to be honest).
There’s a ton of secrecy behind Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to the phenomenal 2009 reboot of Star Trek. J.J. Abrams is back in the director’s chair, and perhaps for the last time (he’s taking over a little-known franchise called Star Wars). So far all we know is that Kirk, Spock, Bones and the rest of the Enterprise crew are going up against John Harrison, played by the amazing Benedict Cumberbatch. Even with three trailers, no one knows who Benny Batch is actually playing, and numerous sites are still believing that he’ll end up being Kahn. Abrams’ isn’t telling anyone, so we’ll have to wait until May 17 to find out!