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Superhero Movies On The Rise

Updated on October 10, 2010

Comic book based cinema is definantly on the rise, and in the next year we have an abundance of superhero movies coming our way!

The increase of interest in comic book movies that started with Spider-Man in 2002 is still growing exponentially. Ever since the unrivaled success of 2008's The Dark Night (which is not just the highest grossing superhero movie ever made, but the 7th highest grossing movie of all time) superheros have been catnip to the movie industry and have sparked a huge increase in interest. Let's take a little look at what the next year have in store for us:

The Green Hornet

Release Date: January 14th, 2011

Directed by Michel Gondry and starring Seth Rogan, the film is going to released in 3D next January. So far it does not have a rating, but is expected to be PG 13. There really isn't anything else notable to say. Seeing as this will be Green Hornet's first major role in film, there isn't anything yet to judge it against. Let's hope it's a good one!


Release Date: May 6th, 2011

This movie has been long anticipated by Avengers fans, seeing as it was commissioned to be scripted all the way back in 2006. The film will star Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Colm Feore as Ymir, Jaimie Alexander as Sif, Stellan Skarsgard as Professor Andrews, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin. Directed by Kenneth Branagh (a relative unknown most notable for starring as Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chanber of Secrets), the film has a $150 million budget. I don't see this film becoming a great money-makes, seeing as Thor is hardly "mainstream".

X-Men: First Class

Release Date: June 3rd, 2011

The fifth film in the X-Men series  will be directed by Matthew Vaugh of Kick-Ass. The film will be a prequal to the first three movies, and will take place in the 1960s. However, none of the original X-Men will be in the film apart from Beast. It has also been confirmed that during the movie, the reason why Dr. Xavier needs a wheelchair will be explained (how exciting! Seeing as X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2 is also (maybe)  scheduled for release in 2011, this could be a pretty X-Men intensive year. Let's hope they live up to our expectations more than the first X-Men Origins: Wolverine did. 

Green Lantern

Release Date: June 12th, 2011

yes, Earthlings, it has finally happened: one of our very own will be inducted into the Green Lantern Corps in a major motion picture! I'm not going to lie, this is without a doubt the 2011 superhero movie I am looking forward to most. Directed by Martin Campbell and starring Ryan Reynolds, there has already been talk of making a trilogy out of it. This movie is anticipated to be one of the highest-grossing movies of 2011.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Release Date: July 22nd, 2011

Now, this I am fairly excited for. The film stars Chris Evans as Captain America, and Evans is already well versed in playing superheros from his roles in the Fantastic Four movies. The movie is to be set in the early days of the Marvel Universe, before the formation of The Avengers (it is unclear at this point whether or not they will form during the movie). A video game tie-in called Captain America: Super Soldier is going to be released in 2011 for the Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, PSP, and DS.

Transformers: Ther Dark of the Moon

Mere days after the release of Green Lantern, Transformers 3 hits the theaters. The Transformers franchise is one of the most popular and mainstream, meaning the film is expected a substantial revenue (mainly from the parents of 8 year old boys). The film is directedby Michael Bay and produced by Steven Spielberg himself, and stars Shia LaBeouf (of course). However, Megan Fox will not be featured in the movie, which is a shame because she was probably the main reason most males wen to see the first too. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the Transformers series, and although I expect it will do vrey well on the money front, I do not expect to be impressed by this one.

Movies still to be confirmed....

There has been talk about Spider-Man 4, and Ant-Man movie, a Dark Knight Sequel, a Deadpool movie, and a new Superman. Unfortunantly, none of these films have yet been confirmed, which is a shame because they're all the ones I would really want to see!


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      pizza 5 years ago

      thor 2, captain america 2, and iron man 3 have been confirmed

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      Steven Escareno 7 years ago

      sorry, emma stone is playing mary jane. sorry about that. my bad. everything else is true though. lol

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      Steven Escareno 7 years ago

      Very informative hub. Although I think you should know as far as superman, spider-man and batman goes, there have been a lot of things confirmed about those film projects recently. One, Nolan and the rest of the cast already agreed that they would finish the batman trilogy, while putting an end to the series. the only thing that isn't confirmed is what the official plot synopsis is about, and who the next villain(s) will be.

      As for Spider-Man, there is no spider-man 4 in the works anymore. Sony and Sam Raimi both couldn't agree on a villain, and Raimi refused to rush production in favor of Sony's deadline. As Sony wanted him to use multiple villains in the next film, but raimi wanted to either use vulture or lizard as the main bad guy. Hence, they're rebooting the franchise. Now, Marc Webb is directing it, along with a new cast with Emma Stone playing Gwen Stacy. Andrew Garfield is playing spider-man/peter parker now. You can catch him in the new "social network" if you want to see who he is. Anyways, the new reboot is supposed to be another origin story of spider-man in his high school years.

      As for superman, Nolan just hired Zack Snyder to direct it a few weeks ago. Now, the studio is actively searching for a leading man to play the part of superman along with the rest of the cast.

      Anyways, I just thought you'd wanted to know since you said you were curious about them. I can't say anything about the other movies you said that are still to be confirmed. Just that Robert Rodriguez is the leading candidate to direct deadpool.

      Great hub again, and I agree. I think out of all the superhero films of next year, I think Green Lantern will be the most successful.