Best Superhero Films of 2013: Updated with new trailers


Like last year, I've decided to publish preview hubs for each genre of film, with a few changes here and there. One of the mainstays is that some of these films previews will have trailers, while others won't. However, I'll be adding them as soon as they become available. You'll also be briefed on plot summaries, cast and etc. Also release dates are subject to change, so be sure to check your local listings.

Another thing to point out is that some of these films do fall into multiple genres of films. Sadly, I can't put the same preview into two hubs, as it would cause problems with the site's system. For example, I can't put a romantic comedy in both the "Best Love Stories and Romantic Comedies of 2013" and "Best comedies of 2013." No, if i want to avoid a duplicate tag on this site, then I'm afraid I can't do that this time. However, I have come up with a solution to that. If a movie somehow falls into multiple genre of films, then you'll see the name of the movie along with the release date only in a notable section. If you click on the name of the movie, then it'll take you to the preview hub where it's featured. For example since "Iron Man 3" is featured in this hub, it'll be listed in a notable in the "Best Action and Adventure films of 2013." Which essentially means, this hub is the only place where you can view the trailer and see the info on "Iron Man 3"; other than a release date.

Update: "Now Hiring" was pushed back to March of 2014, due to some production delays.

Iron Man 3

Director: Shane Black

Writers: Shane Black, Drew Pearce, Don Heck, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rebecca Hall, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, William Sadler, James Badge Dale, Dale Dickey, Yvonne Zima, Bridger Zadina, Stan Lee

Voice Cast: Paul Bettany

Synopsis: Tony Stark uses his ingenuity to fight those who destroyed his private world and soon goes up against his most powerful enemy yet: the Mandarin.

MPAA Rating: NR

Release Date: May 3, 2013

Thor: The Dark World

Director: Alan Taylor

Writers: Robert Rodat, Don Payne, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Christopher Eccleston, Jaimie Alexander, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Rene Russo, Tadanobu Asano, Clive Russell, Richard Whiten, Richard Brake, Julian Seager, Russell Balogh, Jonathan Howard

Synopsis: Thor battles an ancient race of Dark Elves led by the vengeful Malekith who threatens to plunge the universe back into darkness after the events of The Avengers.

MPAA Rating: NR

Release Date: November 8, 2013


Man of Steel

Director: Zack Snyder

Writers: David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster

Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni, Jadin Gould, Tahmoh Penikett, Ayelet Zurer, Richard Schiff, Antje Traue, David Paetkau, Michael Kelly, Dylan Sprayberry, Harry Lennix, Alessandro Juliani, Carmen Lavigne, Cooper Timberline, Rebecca Spence, Brad Kelly, Jack Foley, Rowen Kahn, Rondel Reynoldson, Christina Wren

Synopsis: An alien infant is raised on Earth, and grows up with superhuman abilities. He sets out to use these abilities to guard his adopted world.

MPAA Rating: NR

Release Date: June 14, 2013

The Wolverine

Director: James Mangold

Writers: Mark Bomback, Chris Claremont, Christopher McQuarrie, Frank Miller

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Brian Tee, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, James Fraser, Hal Yamanouchi, Luke Webb, Svetlana Khodchenkova

Synopsis: Wolverine travels to Japan to train with a samurai warrior.

MPAA Rating: NR

Release Date: July 26, 2013

Kick-Ass 2

Director: Jeff Wadlow

Writers: Jeff Wadlow, John Romita Jr., Mark Millar

Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Nicolas Cage, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Lyndsy Fonseca, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Lindy Booth, Clark Duke, Morris Chestnut, Yancy Butler, Steven Mackintosh, Robert Emms, Daniel Kaluuya

Synopsis: The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows.

MPAA Rating: NR

Release Date: June 28, 2013

The Lone Ranger

Director: Gore Verbinski

Writers: Ted Elliott, Justin Haythe, Terry Rossio

Cast: Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson, Barry Pepper, Ruth Wilson, James Badge Dale, Landall Goolsby, Tait Fletcher, W. Earl Brown, Harry Treadaway

Synopsis: Native American spirit warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.

MPAA Rating: NR

Release Date: July 3, 2013


Directors: Todd Burrows, Christopher Folino

Writer: Christopher Folino

Cast: Chase Williamson, Ashley Bell, Clancy Brown, Jake Busey, William Katt, Marina Squerciati, Clint Howard, Scott Rinker, Larry Cedar, David Sobolov, Dave Hanson, Stephen Kearin, Jeremy Rowley, Esteban Cueto, Austin Michael Coleman

Synopsis: A masked vigilante who discovers the dark side to heroism. Going after the nation's most notorious super criminal leaves Sparks' life and reputation in ruins.

Release Date: May 1, 2013

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Geekdom 3 years ago

Thanks for the movie previews. Very excited for Iron Man 3 (expect a great movie) and Wolverine (expecting fun entertainment). I have hesitant over Man of Steel and The Lone Ranger.

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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

Yeah, I think your right on all counts. Anyway, thanks for stopping by.

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rabbit75 3 years ago

Next year will be another fun year for comic book movies...I am eager to see how everything unfolds in this possibly last Iron Man film. Wolverine should be a martial arts extravaganza with lots of action, as the story is based off the Wolverine 1982 limited series written by Chris Claremont and drawn by Frank Miller. As Geekdom said it should be "fun entertainment."

I am looking forward to Man of Steel, and I'm curious to see the spin that director Zack Snyder puts on it. As for The Lone Ranger, to be honest, I'm also interested in seeing it. I think it will be good ole western fun!

Great hub Stevennix2001! Voted up and awesome!

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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

That's cool. To be honest, I'm kind of curious to see how all these films do myself. It should be interesting. I think the best one out of all of them will most likely be "Iron Man 3", but I guess we'll see. As for "Man of Steel", I still have my doubts about it, but then again, I had a lot of doubts about the first "X-Men" film, and I ended up liking that movie in the end.

Anyways, thanks for stopping by, and sharing some of your thoughts with us.

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Nickalooch 3 years ago from Columbia, MD

After the trailer, I do think Man of Steel will be good. I still have some reservations about it but I think it'll be better then Superman Returns for sure.

I also have high expectations for Thor Dark World. Everything I am hearing about it makes me more excited for it. Iron Man is simpler so yeah i expect it to be the best because of that approach and the shear greatness of Downey lol.

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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

lol That's cool. Well it should be interesting to see what happens. I'm glad to hear that Lex won't be in this new reboot of superman, as i like the idea of saving him for the sequel. Personally, i still say Daniel Day Lewis should play lex, but that's just my opinion. However, I guess we'll have to wait and see.

From what I've been hearing about the new Thor movie, it does look very promising, as i'm starting to wonder where they'll go with it. However, out of all these films, i think Iron Man 3 will be arguably the best one. The only one i really have my doubts about is "The Lone Ranger", but who knows? I've been wrong before. Anyways, thanks for stopping by.

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Nickalooch 3 years ago from Columbia, MD

Well, I've heard a lot of spoilers on Thor 2. I'd explain what they are, but I wouldn't want to spoil things for people lol.

Needless to say though, I am very impressed with where they are going with it.

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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

lol. i appreciate you avoiding giving away any spoilers. yeah, it should be interesting. Personally, im a bit more curious about the new captain america and guardians of the galaxy films of 2014 though. I'm still not sure how they'll integrate guardians of the galaxy into the marvel universe, and im still curious to see how they'll introduce the falcon into the new cap movie. Idk why, as i've never been a fan of either of those comics, but im just curious to see how marvel will pull off those two films though.

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Nickalooch 3 years ago from Columbia, MD

Cap has always been my favorite Marvel character and Superman has always been my favorite DC character.

So, that being said, Winter Solider could really be a great movie but I have reservations. I like the inclusion of Falcon but i know that Bucky will be coming back as the Winter Solider the "villain." I think it is far more likely that Bucky will be a hired gun by either Baron Zemo or A.I.M (under the control of M.O.D.O.K.) That being said, thats a lot of new cogs being entered in alongside with Cap being out of his comfort zone. There is tons of potential, but I worry that they are adding in too much.

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gabrielthomas72 3 years ago from Shrewsbury, England

After reading some interviews, it's The Wolverine that interests me the most. Jackman has always wanted to play out this thread and from what he has said he wants to try and portray a more down and dirty version of the character, even to the point of trying to get a more explicit version for the DVD release.....please!

I really enjoyed Superman Returns and was disappointed we didn't get a sequel from that thread. It looks as though, as with most Supe' films now, they are trying to go for the Darker Nolan approach, unfortunately most of these dont deserve his Batman style and this will probably get lost on the general public.

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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author


I heard and read about Jackman saying those things too, but I still hold reservations until I see the actual movie itself. I definitely think it'll be better than the last wolverine movie for sure, but as far as portraying Wolverine as a darker character, we'll have to wait and see. Take in mind, Hugh said almost the exact same thing when it came to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", and look how that turned out. Not saying the results will be the same, or that he's fibbing about that, but just saying. However, I think it should be a good movie though, as it's actually one of the films i hope to review next year.

As far as superman returns goes, I can see why some people may like it, but to me, it just felt like they were ripping off too many story elements from "Superman: The Movie" that i couldn't get into it. Plus, from the way the film was set up, you never really got a sense of who superman was as a person, unless you've seen the old christopher reeves films, and it didn't help that brandon routh didn't emote hardly at all to really make the audience sympathize for his character. Granted, it's not entirely his fault, as part of the problem lies in how the character was written for that particular film.

As for superman being darker in this reboot, I don't necessarily mind his film being darker as long as it doesn't mean the actual character being darker per say. Like I don't mind if Snyder and Nolan create a darker world and villain for superman, as long as they make superman the shining beacon of light that shines through that darkness if you know what i mean. i think man of steel will surprise a lot of people, as i like the idea of a movie exploring psychologically what made clark kent decide to become superman. Granted, I doubt it'll be the highest grossing superhero film next year, as I have a feeling "Iron Man 3" or possibly "The Lone Ranger" might take that honor. The only reason I say "The Lone Ranger" is because of the release date and Johnny Depp, but I still have doubts about that one completely.

Anyways, thanks for sharking your thoughts with us gabriel.


Yeah, I think you have a point there. It does sound like they're trying to introduce too much into one movie, but i guess we'll have to wait and see how it turns out. Anyways, thanks for sharing some of your thoughts with us, and i hope you have a great holiday in case i don't see you.

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