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2012: Year of the Heroes! The Biggest Upcoming Super Hero Movies

Updated on August 27, 2011

2012: Year of the Heroes!

The Dark Knight Rises

Let’s get this one out of the way first. Anybody who is anybody already knows pretty much everything there is to know about this sure fire blockbuster smash sequel to The Dark Knight. Of course, as usual with Christopher Nolan, everything there is to know is really not that much. What we do know is that the cast is once again one of the finest you will see assembled on any film of all time. We have Tom Hardy buffing up to play the bald headed monster Bane, and Anne Hathaway making an appearance as Selena Kyle (also known as Catwoman). Joseph Gordon Levitt is even sneaking into the mix as a local police officer. The late Heath Ledger set the bar about as high as possible with his portrayal of the manic Joker, but I have every faith that The Dark Knight will indeed Rise to new heights in July, 2012.

The Amazing Spiderman

So, its “The Amazing Spiderman”. It’s a fancy name for Spiderman 4. Right? Not exactly. What we have here is a complete reboot of the whole Spiderman series, produced by largely the same people. Marc Webb, also known for 500 Days of Summer (a surprise hit) takes over from Sam Raimi as director and Andrew Garfield of The Social Network becomes Peter Parker for this new look attempt at Spidey. If you’re like me you might think, “Hmm, why reboot a successful series that only just ended?” Seems a little strange, and in all honesty, the idea doesn’t appeal to me. However, with a good cast, fresh ideas and a new take on the legend there is a good chance that the movie will be a hit. As sceptical as I am, I hope I build up the courage to check it out. It can’t be much worse than Spiderman 3!!


Well folks, another reboot. This one however, may be a little more justified. Those of you who remember the previous “Judge Dredd” movie starring Sylvester Stallone will recall a relatively light hearted, and sometimes humorous effort, that although generally awful was sometimes pretty entertaining. However, many true fans of the Judge Dredd comic books were very disappointed with the fact that it really did not capture the true feeling of the original stories. Judge Dredd was originally written as a heartless character, who knows nothing but the law and follows it to the book, no matter who is effected. He never shows his face and never waivers from the rule of the law. This is the attitude expected to be portrayed by the new Dredd film starring Karl Urban. The film is going to be mean, dark and not for the whole family. Expect a violent and gritty movie here, that will hopefully be a strong surprise addition to the 2012 lineup!

The Avengers

It is safe to say that what we have here is a comic-movie fans dream. Over the past decade there have been some fantastic super hero and comic book movies. The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and Captain America were all excellent efforts (my personal favourite being Iron Man). Now, they all join together on the big screen, along with a few other special guests such as Samuel L Jackson and Scarlett Johansson. Edward Norton is replaced by Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, but other than this we get the same group that played their characters in the original films. It is going to be difficult to go wrong with this one. However, for the negative folk out there, there is plenty to worry about here. How do you get all these big names enough screen time to make their presence felt? How do you create an enemy that is big enough and bad enough to pose a threat the audience can actually conceive as real when placed against all this super hero muscle!? Will the storyline suffer by a lack of background and development, which has been so vital to the success of each hero’s individual film(s). However, if director Joss Whedon is able to really do this right, we could be onto one of the best movies of the year. Fingers crossed!

Honorable Mentions

· John Carter – A Disney effort based on a classic sci-fi novel

· Man of Steel – Zach Snyder’s take on the Superman legend

· Men in Black 3 – Time travel and new tricks try to bring this popular franchise back

With all this ahead of us, 2012 is going to be a big year for fans of the hero!

Check out my list of great movies you probably haven't seen!


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    • profile image 5 years ago

      Very funny

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      jmartin1344 6 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

      Thanks a lot, appreciate it. I just saw the hidden Avengers trailer at the end of Captain America last night and after seeing it I am equally excited. It is definitely going to be HUGE! I am hoping Man of Steel comes through also. That one is going to be a bit of a mystery I think (it always is with Nolan involved).

      Thanks again!

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      writersblock69 6 years ago from Levittown, New York

      Great article! I have been somewhat turned off by the superhero movies, especially since Thor and Green Lantern were such lackluster films. I am, though, looking forward to The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises, and being a huge Superman fan looking forward to Man of Steel, though I hope I am not dissapointed in it like I was with Superman Returns. But, The Avengers is going to take the cake, I mean, I think its going to be more huge than Dark Knight Rises. That movie will define comic book action films.

      Great article, good insight to whats in store for the future for us superhero fans.

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      jmartin1344 6 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

      Thanks for your comment! I completely agree about the spiderman situation. I don't understand the thought behind rebooting it, however with Marc Webb as director I think it will be a good film. It's just the fact that its a similar story all over that bugs me. Oh well, we will see!

      Not many people knew about Dredd (I'm guessing that was one you hadn't heard of? Maybe I'm wrong), including me until I heard about it online.

      Thanks for your comment, much appreciated.

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      marstoblog 6 years ago from Hitchin, England

      Batman of course is what i'm looking forward to! But i'm disappointed that their re-doing spiderman as I don't want to start it again,but oh well I think I will still see it!

      Good hubs and films I have not heard of. Thanks!

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      jmartin1344 6 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

      I have never really checked out the game, if its half as good as the film I'm sure its pretty good.

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      Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      I'm ready to play the PS3 game of the Dark Knight and see the movies in the hub.

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      jmartin1344 6 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

      Thanks a lot for your comments guys! Looks like everyone is ready for The Dark Knight Rises!

      Also, Martins thanks for your input regarding more pictures. It was my first hub and I wasn't sure how to add more pictures but I have see now it is easy and I am going to add more to this hub now! Thanks!

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      Binaya.Ghimire 6 years ago

      I love superhero movies. And I loved your hub. Batman is my favorite.

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      Martins Grinbergs 6 years ago from Latvia

      Spider-Man rebooted? At first I wasn't really excited about that, but then I watched the trailer and it's actually pretty good.

      But the real deal for me definitely is Batman. Conclusion of the trilogy. This must be huge.

      Yes, at last. MIB is returning!

      These are the ones I'm waiting for. Others not so much. After Green Hornet I've sort of lost confidence in SuperHero movies. They're just not as good, as they were before.

      Even though not I'm not so much of a fan of hero movies anymore few titles are interesting enough to actually go and watch them. You say that there will be original actors in The Avengers? Then it's a must see - Iron Man, Hulk plus other heroes I don't know so well.

      Interesting list, but there could have been more pictures. In that case the article could be even more interactive and entertaining.

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      novita007 6 years ago

      i love Spiderman...:)

      definitely will be interesting to see in 3D