It’s not really news at this point, but this is going to be one packed summer of superhero films. For today, I’d like to discuss the summer line-up.
Thor – May 6
I’m exceptionally excited for this film more than any other superhero film this summer. Given that Kenneth Branaugh is directing the film, there is at least some hope that the movie will be elevated above the standard superhero fare. I’m particularly interested with how the film will balance the worlds of Asgard and Midgard. If anything, it will be unlike any other superhero film we’ve ever seen.
Also, I want to do well just to prove some racists wrong (you know what I mean).
X-Men: First Class – June 3
This is really the anomaly of the summer when compared to all of the other films coming out. Both Thor and Captain America were fortunate enough to have their trailers shown during the Superbowl, while X-Men: First Class has barely been acknowledged as even existing. Yeah, a few early pics were released a month or two ago, but that was met with some controversy from Matthew Vaughn as he hadn’t approved the production stills.
Honestly, I’m really not all that thrilled with this movie. Look over the cast list and find one person (outside of Kevin Bacon, I suppose) that pops as an exciting name. Furthermore, the X-men team itself is less than exciting (though, I do admit to being a bit thrilled by the idea of saying Havok on screen). Lastly, as much as Vaughn is excited for the film to be set in the 60′s, it just doesn’t do anything for me. I mean, its kind of cool, I suppose because it is different, but outside of a novelty, I’m just not that impressed.
At least it finally has a trailer, at least.
Green Lantern – June 17
Ryan Reynolds was born to play superheroes. With a chiseled body, great hair, square jaw, and sharp wit, Reynolds could portray nearly any hero in the DCU and I’m be happy. I always saw him more as the Flash, but now that he is Green Lantern, I couldn’t be more excited.
I’m obviously completely biased towards this film, and I already know that I am going to love it before it has come out, but I don’t care. I will complain about Blake Lively, however. She is absolutely horrendous and also eleven years younger than Reynolds. Her casting in this film sounded like a terrible decision at the time it was announced, but it wasn’t until I saw her brief acting in the Entertainment Tonight clips that I realized just how abysmal that she really is.
Still, Mark Strong as Sinestro might be the most perfect casting since . . . well . . . Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon - July 1
I went into the first live action Transformers film thinking, “All I want is giant robot action and explosions.” And instead, I got a movie with lots of fart jokes and very few robots.
Going into the second film, I thought, “well, surely it can’t be worse than the first film” and while there were more giant robots, it soon became apparent that none of them were particularly interesting looking and it lead to confusion on my part.
As one robot was killed, Sam seemed upset because she thought it was an Autobot. I wasn’t upset because I thought it was a Decepticon. Honestly, there was no way to tell, so it didn’t matter.
Top it all off with no fewer than 20 plot holes in the film and it was a movie that I’d rather forget.
There’s nothing about this new Transformers movie that could even remotely make me excited to see it. I have no faith in this film and I can almost guarantee that it will be absolute crap.
Still . . . I’ll go see it.
Captain America: the First Avenger – July 17
I’m unsure about this film. Chris Evans can really be hit or miss for me. He’s a competent actor, but I just find him annoying sometimes. He certainly looks the part of Cap, so there’s at least that. There are other actors that I would prefer for the role (Channing Tatum, Matt Damon, and John Cena being my top 3 choices), but I feel as if Evans could pull it off.
Even the trailer during the Superbowl can’t really persuade me one way or another. I mean, it looks good, but I dunno. It could go either way.
So, what about you? What movies are you excited about? Any that I forgot to mention that you would like to bring up? Post in the comments, and lets keep this conversation going.