- Entertainment and Media
Anticipated Movies of 2012
2012 may mark the end according to the Mayans, but as many of us know, the ending is just the beginning of something new and refreshing, including a new wave of blockbusters, sure to keep movie fans in an uproar of excitement. Check out the line-up.
Lights, Camera, and Action-Adventure!!
The Dark Knight Rises
The final installment of the Christopher Nolan Batman Trilogy will be by far one of the most anticipated movies of 2012. Actually, it's already the most anticipated of 2011, as fans are begging to know as much as they can about the cast, the plot and of course the villians. According to the latest news, Christian Bale, returns as the infamous Bruce Wayne/ Dark Knight along with Gary Oldman (Jim Gordon), Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox), Michael Caine (Alfred), and some newcomers, including Anne Hathaway (Selina Kyle/ Catwoman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (John Blake) and Marian Cottillard (Miranda Tate). With such a dynamic cast and incredible writing, we can surely look forward to another epic Batman film by Nolan. The incredible performance by the late Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight, is undeniably a stand-alone best, and we will always remember it as one of the greatest in film history. The Dark Knight Rises is set to hit theaters for the summer July 20, 2012.
Resident Evil: Retribution
As a follow-up to the action-packed Resident Evil Afterlife in 3D, Resident Evil Retribution will certainly be a another explosive, zombie-filled epic adventure with the return of Alice as the gun-slinging rebel heroine played by Milla Jovovich. Long-time Resident Evil fans should enjoy this, and can expect an inevitable second showdown between Alice and other featured characters seen in the game, including Wesker. No confirmation yet if this will be shot in 3D, but it is highly likely considering the success of the 3D special effects in Resident Evil Afterlife. Resident Evil: Retribution is set to hit theaters September 14, 2012.
The Amazing Spider-Man
Ready or not, here comes Spider Man! This time Peter Parker returns as The Amazing Spider-Man in the next Spider Man reboot. Tobey Mcguire will not be reprising the role. Instead, Andrew Garfield will play the young Peter Parker as he first discovers his alter-ego Spider Man. Yes, fans will get a time machine trip flash back to where it all began, as the film will focus in on Peter Parker's young trials and tribulations in high school and as Spider-Man. The Amazing Spider-Man is set to hit theaters July 3, 2012.
Superman: Man of Steel
Superman returns with yet another reboot starring Henry Cavill as Superman. No word yet on the plot. Superman: Man of Steel is set to hit theaters December 2012.
Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters of course. Your favorite film franchise from the 80s returns with the original cast (Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver) as they attempt to recruit a new Ghostbusters crew. Anything goes for this plot, but sure to be spectacular as the new generation gets familiar with a popular piece of film history. No word yet on when in 2012 it will hit theaters.
Ghostrider: Spirit of Vengeance
Nicolas Cage returns to reprise his role as the Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze, who struggles the curse, meanwhile is met by new villains as he is called to take on the Devil (played by Ciaran Hinds), who wants a new soul take over. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is set to hit theaters on February 17, 2012.
The Avengers is back with a host of Marvel Comic characters including Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man, Don Cheadle as James 'Rhodey' Rhodes / War Machine, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye and Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America. This is sure to be an action-packed adventure for all Marvel Comic book fans to enjoy. The Avengers is set to hit theaters May 4, 2012.
Men In Black 3
The Men in Black duo returns with Will Smith as Agent Jay and Tommy Lee Jones as Agent Kay. The world is yet again in danger of an alien force which sends Agent Kay back in time to meet a younger Agent Kay to stop the villain from causing chaos in the future. Men in Black is set to hit theaters May 25, 2011.
Kate Beckinsale returns to reprise her role as the beautiful vampire action-heroine Selene. The battle continues in the underworld between the vampires and werewolves or Lycans. Underworld 4 is set to hit theaters January 20, 2012.
The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2
Twilight fans can always anticipate a follow-up to the Twilight franchise. This time it will be the continuation for the film set to hit this year 2011. The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 will open November 16, 2012.
Yet another reboot since the 1998 Godzilla, this will definitely be another vision of the classic monster, featuring some new monsters in battle. Currrently, there are no exact dates when it will play in theaters.
James Bond 23
Daniel Craig returns as James Bond for this generation, and the film is expected to begin where Quantum of Solace left off. James Bond 23 is set to hit theaters November 9, 2012.
Star Trek 2
Here we have yet another sequel to the fresh vision of Star Trek of 2009. Original cast returns including Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Karl Urban as Bones, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Anton Yelchin as Checkov and Simon Pegg as Scotty. Star Trek is set to hit theaters June 29, 2012.
Clash of the Titans 2
The sequel to the classic mythological stories returns when Perseus must flee to the underworld to rescue Zeus and overthrow the Titans to save the world. Clash of the Titans 2 is set to hit theaters March 30, 2012.
GI Joe: Cobra Strikes
GI Joe returns! No specific plot details as of yet, but should be a great continuation of the first film. GI Joe: Cobra Strikes is set to hit theaters August 10, 2012.
The Bourne Legacy
The Bourne Legacy features a new hero and vision, although it is not neccessarily a sequel or prequel to any of the former Bourne films. The Bourne Legacy is set to hit theaters August 3, 2012.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Untitled)
The classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arrive for the new generation fans and features your favorite ninja turtles: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael, as well master Splinter. No release date as of yet.
Hugh Jackman stars as your classic rebel mutant, Wolverine. In this story, Wolverine travels to Japan to train as a samurai. The new plot centers around a new (or past) love interest and villains. No release date as of yet.
Sin City 2
Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez will follow-up with a sequel to Sin City based on the "Sin City" graphic novels. The sequel's plot is said to be based on the second graphic novel "A Dame to Kill For." No release date as of yet.
Battleship, which is based on the Hasbro board game will now have a movie centering around aliens (The Regents) which come up against a navy fleet. We can also most likely expect more board games being made into movies. Monopoly or Candyland anyone? Battleship is set to hit theaters May 18, 2012.
Ryan Reynolds stars as Wade Wilson/Dead Pool, the popular comic book character known as "The Merc with a Mouth". Deadpool is set to release December 31, 2012.
Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall
Yes, you heard it right. There will be a sequel to the superhero action-comedy movie starring the original cast which includes Aaron Johnson (Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass), Lyndsy Fonseca (Katie Deuxama), Chloe Moretz (Mindy Macready/Hit Girl), Clark Duke (Marty) and Evan Peters (Todd). No official release date as of yet.
The Expendables 2
The Expendables 2 will be a sequel to the all-star action hero cast starring Sylvester Stallone with rumors of Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzeneggar and other unnamed classic action hero cast. Expendables 2 is set to hit theaters August 17, 2012.
Animated worlds collide!!
Dorothy of Oz
The classic story, The Wizard of Oz, returns as an animated film entitled Dorothy of Oz, which is a never before told follow-up to the events as Dorothy and Toto returns to the Land of Oz, reunited with her old pals, The Scarecrow, Tinman, Cowardly Lion, Glinda, The Good Witch, and of yes, another villain. This time Dorothy will have to come up aganist The Jester, a character who gets hold of the powers of Wicked Witch of the West's wand to turn the people of Oz into puppets. The voices are a colorful cast of actors and comedians including Lea Michele (Dorothy), Dan Aykroyd (Scarecrow), James Belushi (The Cowardly Lion), Martin Short (The Jester), Kelsey Grammer (The Tin Man) and Oliver Platt (Wiser the Owl). Dorothy of Oz is set to hit theaters April 2012.
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
Dr. Seuss is back with another animated film based on the classic children's books. Cast of voices include Danny DeVito (The Lorax), Ed Helms (The Once-ler), Rob Riggle (O'Hare), Zac Efron (Theodore 'Ted' Geisel), Betty White (Ted's grandmother) and Taylor Swift (Audrey). Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is set to release in theaters March 2, 2012.
Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo Melman the Giraffe, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are back and ready for adventure as they set out to return home disguised as a traveling circus. The main voice actors includes Ben Stiller as Alex, Chris Rock as Marty, David Schwimmer as Melman, and Jada Pinkett-Smith as Gloria. Should be fun for the kids summer 2012. Madagascar 3 sets to hit theaters June 8, 2012.
Based on Tim Burton's 1984 short film, Frankenweenie is the animated story of a dog being brought back to life by a boy who recreates him out of machines and is revived by lightening. Voices include Winona Ryder (Elsa), Martin Landau (Mr. Rzykruski), Martin Short (Bob, Nassor, Toshiaki, Victor's Dad), and Catherine O'Hara (Edgar, Weird Girl, Victor's Mom). Frankenweenie is set to hit theaters October 5, 2012.
Horrific films that go bump in the night...
Tim Burton gives us another classic dark tale with a remake of the classic ABC soap opera which features a cast of withes, zombies, werewolves and vampires. Cast includes Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis, Bella Heathcote as Victoria Winters, Eva Green as Angelique, Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins. Dark Shadows is set to hit theaters May 11, 2012.
The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes
The film sets around the discover of video footage about the infamous haunted house. The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes is set to hit theaters January 27, 2012.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
The story sets 15 years after the Hansel & Gretel incident. Hansel & Gretel are now bounty hunters called in to eliminate the black-hat set of witches. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is set to hit theaters March 2, 2012.
As a prequel to the 1979 film, the crew of a commercial towing ship from earth is sent to respond to an emergency from a nearby planetoid. Prometheus is set to hit theaters June 8, 2012.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Benjamin Walker stars as Abraham Lincoln, the President of the United States, who secretly battles with the undead as an assassin. In this film, vampires are seen as the real cause of the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is set to hit theaters June 22, 2012.
Yet another board game by Hasbro turned movie. The film will be based on the effects of the supernatural game as it torments the family in the style of Jumanji meets The Mummy. Ouiji is set to hit theaters November 9, 2012.
Anyone up for a laugh?
Based on the popular television show, Arrested Development the movie plot is yet to be announced. Long-time fans of the show and newcomers should enjoy this. Currently no release date.
Kung-Fu Hustle 2
A sequel to Kung-Fu Hustle is in the works starring Stephen Chow. No word yet on the plot. Currently no release date.
A Thousand Words
Eddie Murphy stars as Jack McCall, a selfish literary agent who meets Dr. Sinja who teaches him a lesson in using his words wisely. In order to spare his life, he must spare his words. A Thousand Words is set to hit theaters January 13, 2012.
Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton stars as a duo who must come together to save a small town gospel choir. Joyful Noise is set to hit theaters January 13, 2012.
One for the Money
Based on the novel by Janet Evanovich, One for the Money stars Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum, an unemployed lingerie buyer, who becomes a bounty hunter and must track down a former cop and love interest who broke her heart. One for the Money is set to hit theaters January 27, 2012.
Based on a true story about a couple, The Vow centers around a newlywed couple from New Mexico (played by Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum) who are in a car crash. The wife loses her memory and the husband must woe her to rekindle their love. The Vow is set to hit theaters February 10, 2012.
This Means War
Get Smart 2
Girlfriend in a Coma
Great Hope Springs
Harvey and Marky
Honeymoon With Harry
How I Became a Famous Novelist
Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse
Naked Gun: What 4? The Rhythm of Evil
Can't have film without the Drama.
21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street is resurrected for the new generation when a crime unit goes undercover in a high school in order to control crime. Stars include Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Rob Riggle and Dave Franco.
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as J. Edgar Hoover. The film evolves around Hoover's development of the FBI and his efforts to fight gangster wars of the 30s. No specific release date as of yet.
This thriller crime based on a graphic novel centers around a Naval Intelligence officer and DEA agent who unknowingly steals money for the mob. No specific release date as of yet.
The End is Only The Beginning!!
More to be announced. Just have to wait and see. Who knows what else 2012 will bring?
To be continued...
© 2011 Latasha N. Woods