Best Fantasy Films of 2012

Introduction

In the words of a great visionary, they say that movies are often the stuff of creativity and imagination. Some have even dared to call it a new form of magic that continues to delight audiences to this day. Over the years, films have given society such thought provoking stories, while tickling our imaginations. Sometimes movies can immerse us in deeply their stories, or they can take us to escape somewhere magical. Sometimes films can take us over the rainbow, or beyond. Whatever the case may be, there's no denying that films have always served as the ultimate escapism for movie audiences. That's why I'm proud to present the "Best Fantasy films of 2012."

In this hub, you'll find various previews of fantasy films set to be released in 2012; along with their trailers. However, some of these films have yet to release a trailer, but I will be updating this hub throughout the month, as soon as it becomes available.

Another thing worth noting is that some of my readers might notice some of these movies appearing in some of my other preview hubs recently. The reason behind this is because I can't assume you all will read each one, as I've taken the liberty to categorize them, and many of these films fall within multiple genres.

Also be sure to check your local listings, as release dates are subject to change.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Director: Peter Jackson

Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan, Cate Blanchett, Luke Evans, Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Stephen Fry, Christopher Lee, Richard Armitage, Ian Holm, Lee Pace

Synopsis: Bilbo Baggins is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

Release Date: December 14, 2012

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Director: Bill Condon

Writers: Stephenie Meyer, Melissa Rosenberg

Cast: Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, Anna Kendrick, Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Michael Sheen, Mackenzie Foy, Maggie Grace, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Fascinelli, Jamie Campbell Bower

Synopsis: The epic love story between Bella Swan and Edward Cullen concludes in this final installment of Stephenie Meyer's best-selling series. DREAMGIRLS' Bill Condon directs this second segment of the two-film adaptation.

Release Date: November 16, 2012

Snow White & the Huntsman

Director: Rupert Sanders

Writers: Evan Daugherty, Hossein Amini, Evan Spiliotopoulos

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Ian McShane, Nick Frost, Toby Jones, Sam Claflin, Ray Winstone, Lily Cole, Bob Hoskins, Eddie Marsan, Vincent Regan, Dave Legeno, Noah Huntley, Joey Ansah, Jamie Blackley, Brian Gleeson

Synopsis: Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen, who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with the huntsman who was dispatched to kill her.

Release Date: June 1, 2012

Wrath of the Titans

Director: John Liebesman

Writers: Dan Mazeau, Steven Knight, David Johnson, Greg Berlanti, Beverly Cross

Cast: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, Danny Huston, Toby Kebbell, Edgar Ramirez

Synopsis: Five years after his first adventure, Perseus rules Argos with Andromeda at his side and a newborn baby as their heir. But in the shadows lurks Calibos, the cursed demon thought dead, and now out for revenge.

Release Date: March 30, 2012

Mirror Mirror

Director: Tarsem Singh

Writers: Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Melissa Wallack, Jason Keller

Cast: Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Sean Bean, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, Michael Lerner, Robert Emms, Martin Klebba, Danny Woodburn, Mark Povinelli, Joe Gnoffo, Jordan Prentice, Sebastian Saraceno, Ronald Lee Clark

Synopsis: When Snow White's beauty wins the heart of the prince that she desperately pursues, the Queen banishes her to the forest, where a ravening man-eating beast hungrily awaits. Rescued by a band of diminutive highway robbers, Snow White grows into an indomitable young woman determined to take back her realm from the treacherous Queen.

Synopsis: March 16, 2012

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Director: Peter Hedges

Writers: Peter Hedges, Ahmet Zappa

Cast: Jennifer Gardner, Joel Edgerton, Cameron "CJ" Adams, Common, Dianne Wiest, Ron Livingston, Rosemarie DeWitt, M. Emmet Walsh, Lois Smith, Rhoda Griffis, Michael Arden, Odeya Rush, Karan Kendrick, Kendall Ryan Sanders, Michael Beasley

Synopsis: A childless couple, unable to conceive, buries all their wishes for a baby in a box in their backyard. One day, they wake up to find that a child is born, but the child is not all that it appears.

Release Date: August 15, 2012

The Return of Captain Kidd

Director: Kern Konwiser

Writers: Kern Konwiser, Jymn Magon

Cast: Christopher Lloyd, Jimmy Bennett, Connor Price, Jackson Bond, Jennifer Sommerfield, Dylan Hanson, Spencer Harrison Levin

Synopsis: A pair of brothers stumble upon the ghost of a famous pirate.

Release Date: December 21, 2012

Waking

Director: Ben Shelton

Writer: Skyler Caleb

Cast: Skyler Caleb, Meg Cionni, Tim Daly, Alison Haislip, Tara Molika Erickson, Steve Moulton, Keith Coogan, Sam Daly, Wade Williams, Siri Baruc, John Ross Bowie, Sanford Holsapple, Randy McDowell, Christian Colloway, Ron Artest

Synopsis: A young man on the verge of success meets a beautiful woman he can inexplicably connect with in his dreams.

Release Date: September 16, 2012

Black & White in Colors

Director: Leonardo Corbucci

Writer: Leonardo Corbucci

Cast: Leonardo Corbucci, Kitodar Todorov, Dragomir Sholev, Tanya Mickov, Ruslan Kupenov, Bogdan Kazandjiev

Synopsis: It's a story about two men and a woman in a love triangle... But in another world, in another time. We are watching the story from the altered point of view of a person, who believes that feelings are not under control. In his mind real becomes unreal, what he likes becomes gradually "reality", but also his subconscious takes part in the events. As an inevitable solving verdict, something vanishes and something enters the depths of himself and his world.

Release Date: May 14, 2012

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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD

I am pleasantly surprised by the trailer of Wrath of the Titans, but I am a sucker for Greek mythology based movies. Out of all of them I think that Snow White and the Huntsman has the most potential. I have reservations about anything with Kristen Stewart though...which I blame my hatred for anything Twilight on.


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optimus grimlock 4 years ago

clash of the titans 2 looks good and snow whits has a good cast. I do agree with nick that stewart brings it down a bit.


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago Author

@optimus and nickalooch

Yeah, I think you both are right. Although, I can't say that I liked the first "clash of the titans" too much, the trailer does make the sequel look a helluva a lot more promising if you ask me.

As for "Snow White and the Huntsman", I don't know about Stewart bringing it down because of her presence in the film itself, as she may turn out to be a better actress than what the twilight films make her out to be. Heck, I used to think Robert Pattinson was the worst actor in Hollywood, and compared him to such actors like Steven Seagal. However, after watching "Remember Me", I've come to realize that he's more like John Travolta in the sense that he's only as good as the script he's given to work with. Thus, I'm willing to give her a chance.

If nothing else, I think Charlize Theron definitely adds more credibility to this movie than any credibility that's lost because of Stewart. Besides, let's not forget, the film also features Thor damn it! lol (joke)

Anyway, thanks for stopping by guys.


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD

Nope, lol, i will always dislike Stewart, and Pattinson and Lautner. Stewart does have the most talent of the three.


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago Author

lol. fair enough. of course, i don't blame you, as i kind of feel the same way about the kobe and lebron james. Granted, they're both great players, and what they do have nothing to do with acting (unless we're counting commercials). However, based on certain actions they both did, I now think they're jerks, and probably will never like them; hence you'll always see me rooting against them. lol.


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janeiris 4 years ago

Your list is very good. One correction Jack the Giant Killer movie will be released on 22 March 2013. Release date was moved from 2012 to 2013.

Overall great hub!


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago Author

Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to update this hub yet, as you can tell, but i'll be sure to do that. thanks for stopping by. :)


ilona 4 years ago

eeeeeeeeew!!! GROSS!!! How could they put a Twilight Saga movie into the top movies list? Twilight is HORRIBLE! It's really just stupid and boring, I wish the movie and books never existed, I read all of them and I just wasted money.

(If u disagree, I'm only 10 yrs.)


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago Author

You are aware I'm in the business to make money right? Look, if you want my honest opinion, i too haven't really cared for any of the twilight films; with the exception of the first one being okay. When I compile these lists, I try to be unbiased as humanly possible by gathering as many films that i know many of my readers like, and not necessarily what i like. anyway, thanks for dropping by anyway. :)


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reagu 4 years ago from Los Angeles

Out of all those, Jack the Giant Killer and The Hobbit are the best looking for me. Wrath of the Titans was just ho-hum.


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago Author

idk, i haven't seen wrath of the titans. i want to though. lol. as for this list, i need to update it, as i think "jack the giant killer" was pushed back until next year if im not mistaken. anyway, thanks for stopping by.

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