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2013's most anticipated upcoming comic book superhero movies

Updated on February 18, 2013

2013 looks to be like another winning year when it comes to superhero movies. While there will not be a single comic book movie that will exceed the success of The Avengers from last summer, these four are sure to be hits this year.

1. Iron Man 3

Being the first Marvel film released after the Avengers, it has a lot to live up to. But it does have the potential to be better then the other two Iron Man movies that came before it.

This time around, Tony Start faces the Mandarin. Kevin Fiege, head of Marvel Studios has said that the movie is a Stark-centric movie where our "hero" (Tony Stark) is stripped of everything and has to rely on his wits to defeat his enemies.

The movie is set for release on May 3rd and will be both 2-D and in 3-D.

2. The Wolverine

Hugh Jackman is back, reprising his role as Wolverine (Logan). This time the plot is based around Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's 1982 limited series in which Wolverine travels to Japan and faces a "mysterious" figure from his past.

Interestingly enough, this movie almost didn't get made. Since the filming was in Japan the 2011 earthquake and tsunami suspended filming. Additionally, the original director suddenly departed in March 2011. Because of this, the movie got pushed back and filming finally restarted in 2012.

The US release is scheduled for July 26th.

3. Man of Steel

Christopher Nolan is the producer seat for the reboot of this franchise. Based on his recent success with the Batman franchise, you'd be right in thinking that he will have equal success with Superman.

This time, there is no Lex Luthor to fight. They decided that the main villain in this film would be Zod. General Zod was a cult favorite in Superman II and hopefully he will be equally good (in a bad way) in this movie as well.

Here's to hoping that this Superman will be the one that gets the franchise back on its feet.

Man of Steel is scheduled for release on June 14th, in 2-D, 3-D and IMAX.

The first "official" photo from the filming of Thor 2.
The first "official" photo from the filming of Thor 2.

4. Thor: The Dark World

There hasn't been much released about this film yet aside from the fact that the cast members from the first film are back to reprise their roles. In fact, Marvel has only just release it's first "official" photo from the movie on January 31st.

Marvel Studios' official description of the film says: "Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s "Thor" and "Marvel’s The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all."

It's set for a November 8th release in the US so there is still a while yet to wait for this one, but the wait should (hopefully) be worth it.

There is certainly no shortage of comic book movies this year and I think it is safe to say that the studios will be making a killing off of these movies and won't have to worry about any flops out of them.


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      Jayfort 5 years ago

      The point for me is that Superman is escapism, leaving reality behind for enjoyment. When you take that escapism and insert the grim, dark, gritty light of the real world, why bother? If I want realism, I'll turn on the news, go to online news services, or step outside.

      I've been a Superman for 47 years and the latest version in the comics and the film have left me cold. The changes they have made to the character and his supporting characters have alienated me to the point I've stopped collecting comics almost entirely. (I do purchase an occasion Showcase Presents anthology.)

      I'm also tired of this director's or that director's VISION of a character. We have decades of character history and background, just give us a movie about the character without constantly spinning it. Producer Jon Peters vision for Superman (in the oft aborted Superman Lives) held little or no resemblance to the character.

      WB and their directors/producers should take that rich history and tell us a good story, don't re-envision the character to what the directors/producers think it SHOULD be.

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      Thefilmguy24 5 years ago

      @ Jayfort...Actually, I think that Nolan, Zack Snyder(the director) and David Goyer(writer) are trying to make a better Superman film that have been released in the past, not to say that the Christopher Reeve era were not great films. I think that what they are really trying to go for and I know that almost every comic book movie out there wants to go with the Batman route where it was grounded in probable reality is what Nolan, Snyder and Goyer are trying to reach. To make a good Superman film, they have to take in the account that to have an alien superhuman hero fly around and have superpowers would be too comical in today's film audience's eyes. To be able to keep the reality that this could be a probable reality, I'm sure they had to change a few things to get to that point. Look at Batman Begins, Nolan kept the Ra's al Ghul character intact but changed some aspects in the character to keep it balanced in a reality. It would of been to impractical to have Ra's al Ghul to be over a hundred years old like his comicbook counterpart. If they did, then they would of have to introduce The Lazarus Pits as well for the character, but Nolan and Goyer opted to change that aspect of the character and keep him middle aged but still carried the intelligence and father-like role model for Bruce Wayne to train to become Batman. Man of Steel looks very good and can't wait to see how Nolan, Synder and Goyer take on The Man of Steel. This is just my opinion but if someone doesn't want to see it because they changed the origin or costume or other things, that's their opinion as well. Great article and voted up.

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      Jayfort 5 years ago

      With all the changes to his origin, costume, and supporting characters, I now have ZERO interest in the (so-called) "man of steel" movie. Warner Brothers and DC Comics have been crossed off my list until they can set things right!