The last two years have yielded something of a famine with regards to summer movies I’m excited to see. To be fair, the last two years have also encompassed this little thing called “fatherhood,” so I haven’t exactly had the time or money to go see as many movies as I used to. That, and living in Iowa away from my usual movie buddy made it difficult to get to see the flicks I wanted to check out.
To be fair, last year especially didn’t really have much I was excited to see. Within the realm of comic book features, movies like Thor, Captain America and Green Lantern didn’t really entice me to find someone to go to the theater with. I caught most of these movies, and others, through Netflix rentals in the Fall and Spring and I don’t really think I missed all that much.
That said, now that we’ve made our triumphant return to St. Louis, I thought it best to outline the movies I’m excited to go see this Summer, provided The Wife (…and Josh’s wife…) will allow such things… :-)
- The Avengers (May 4, 2012) – This one is gonna rake in tons of cash, if only for the slate of actors they’ve got lined up. Just about everyone is in this movie and it promises to blow up everything in sight. Definitely a great way to kick off the summer blockbuster season.
- Men In Black III (May 25, 2012) – To be honest, I don’t like the idea of effectively replacing Tommy Lee Jones with Josh Brolin. Then again, if you wanted a young looking Tommy Lee Jones, you could do worse than Josh Brolin. I loved the first movie, but didn’t particularly care for the second one. We’ll see how this one turns out, I guess, but I’ll probably end up seeing it.
- Prometheus (June 1, 2012) – Billed as a loose prequel to the Alien franchise, Ridley Scott returns to sci-fi horror after a long absence. This one probably won’t bring in the bucks as the others on this list, but I expect it’ll still be pretty awesome.
- The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3, 2012) – I like me some Spider-man, and this re-boot takes the story back to the beginning with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. When I heard those two names announced, I was a bit apprehensive, but Stone’s good in just about anything she’s in and Garfield was good in The Social Network, so I’ll cut him some slack. That, and at least in the clips I’ve seen, he seems to pull off the “wit” of the character a bit more convincingly than Tobey Maguire did. Call me “optimistic” on this one.
- The Dark Knight Rises (July 20, 2012) – Uh. I don’t need to write anything here really. While Batman Begins was a great movie, The Dark Knight practically redefined what a “comic book movie” could be. I will be shocked if this movie is anything less than stellar.
- Total Recall (August 3, 2012) – To be honest, I haven’t seen the Schwarzenegger version in quite awhile, but the trailer for this one, this time with Colin Farrell, could be good. The effects look pretty sweet and it’s got a good slate of actors. My only concern is that Len Wiseman is directing it, mostly known for the Underworld franchise, so while I’m hopeful this movie turns out to be good, I won’t be too surprised if it’s “middling,” at best.
- The Bourne Legacy (August 3, 2012) – So, as I was compiling this list, I saw this movie coming up. I’d heard they were continuing the franchise without Matt Damon, but didn’t realize it was coming up already. Jeremy Renner will be carrying on as a new character, though some old favorites from the previous movies will show up, too (Renner is also in The Avengers, earlier in the summer, so he’s packing quite a payday this year). It’s a strong series of movies, so as long as they stick with the fiction, it’ll probably be alright. There’s a bit of concern, though, as Paul Greengrass isn’t directing these (he did the previous three), but it is being directed by the guy that was involved with writing the earlier movies, so at least there’s some pedigree there. Again, I’m hopeful for this one.