The 10 Most Anticipated Fanboy Films of 2013

Posted in: Rey Christian Hunt- Dec 20, 2012 Comments Off on The 10 Most Anticipated Fanboy Films of 2013

By Rey Hunt

The record breaking success of films like James Cameron’s, Avatar, Joss Whedon’s, The Avengers and Christopher Nolan’s, The Dark Knight series has been a driving factor for studio executives who are green-lighting an increasing number of science fiction and fantasy driven films.  In just a few short years science fiction and fantasy films have moved from risky, fringe propositions to mainstream box office gold. Studios are catering to the loyal comic book fan base, as well as mainstream audiences by allowing quality directors and writers to produce a better product.

 

2013 will be a hallmark year for fans of science fiction and fantasy. I am attempting to isolate the most anticipated projects in this pseudo-scientific poll. I chose the most anticipated fan boy films, based on three factors. First, the films social media popularity and buzz. Second, the creative team behind the project and their previous body of work.  The final criteria is the films trailer or the officially released images. There are several other variables that will affect the accuracy of this list, but I will let you the readers decide those factors in the comments below.

1 Man of Steel

Release Date: (6/14/2013)

Director: Zach Snyder (300, Watchmen)

Screenplay: David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight)

Synopsis (Official):

Next summer, “Man of Steel” is coming to the big screen. The film is from director Zack Snyder and producers Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. “Man of Steel” stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni and Russell Crowe.
Man of Steel

My Take:

Man of Steel is shaping up to be the defacto Superman origins story we wanted 2006’s Superman Returns to be. If you watched 2009’s Watchmen or 2006’s 300 you would know director Zack Snyder has an incredible cinematic style and vision. David S. Goyer is a writer who’s screenplays helped revitalize an ailing Batman franchise.  Mix in a little bit of director Christopher Nolen to review the script and you have a recipe for success. Henry Cavill as Clark Kent / Kal-El seems to be torn between his innate desire to help others and the fear that if he is discovered, he would be rejected by a world that would fear his incredible powers. General Zod is also reported to be one of Superman’s main antagonist. There is a lot riding on this film. This is a pivotal film for future installments of films featuring additional DC charters and to establish a Justice League film like Marvel did with the Avengers.


 

2. Iron Man 3

Release Date: (5/3/2013)

 

Director: Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight) The Monster Squad

Screenplay: Drew Pearce (Sherlock Holmes 3, Godzilla)

Synopsis (Official):

Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Ironman 3
My Take:

I have admired director and writer Shane Black’s work for years (I watched 1987’s The Monster Squad like eight times when I was a kid) and Iron Man 3 looks like it will be amazing. The tone of the movie Iron-Man-3 Lt. Col. James Rhodes Close Upfeels dark and contemplative.  Sir Ben Kingsley plays the The Mandarin and the Iron Patriot makes an appearance.  Officially released photos of the armor featured the name Lt. Col. James Rhodes, played by Don Cheadle, revealing Rhodes will be the Iron Patriot in the movie. I always disliked the charter of The Mandarin as Ironman’s main antagonist. In the comics he was always portrayed as a stereotypical (a reflection of the times) Asian man with ten magical rings. I hope they leave the magical bling out, but if they don’t I still believe this will be an awesome movie.

 

 

3 Thor: The Dark World

Release Date: (11/08/2013)

Thor The Dark World

 

Director: Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones)

Screenplay: Christopher Yost (Thor, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer), Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely

Synopsis (Official): 

Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” in theaters November 8, 2013, 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.
Thor The Dark World

My Take:

Kenneth Branagh, one of my favorite shakespearean actors turned director, was a big reason for the success of the first Thor.  The film should be in good hands with Alan Taylor who directed  a dozen or so episodes of the Game of Thrones. I am expecting big things from this film, but I will with hold judgement until the first teaser trailer is released.

 

 

4 Star Trek Into Darkness

Release Date: (5/17/2013)

 

Director: JJ Abrams (Super 8, Mission Impossible III, Lost)

Screenplay: Roberto Orci (Transformers, Star Trek)

Synopsis (Official):

In Summer 2013, director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness. In the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization, the crew of The Enterprise is called back home to Earth. In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Star Trek Into Darkness
My Take:

J.J. Abrams is not holding anything back for Star Trek Into Darkness. As a fan of the Star Trek series I have watched every single episode and film from the first episode that aired September 8, 1966 (with the exception of a few Star Trek Enterprise episodes) to the latest 2009 Star Trek reboot.  I can honestly say Into Darkness has the potential to be the best Star Trek film ever. I have heard rumors that the main antagonist could be a young Khan from 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, though this is an unsubstantiated rumor. This is one of my top picks for 2013.

 

 

5 Oblivion

Release Date: (4/26/2013)

Director: Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy)

Screenplay: Joseph Kosinski, William Monahan, Karl Gajdusek

Synopsis (Official):

Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. Living in and patrolling the skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues an attractive female stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.
Oblivion
My Take:

The Cinematography and special effects of Oblivion look amazing. If you watched Tron Legacy you should be well aware of director Joseph Kosinski’s ability to create a beautiful and well crafted cinematic environment.  What I am not so sure about is his ability to tell a cohesive narrative.  Tron Legacy which I enjoyed watching, was polarizing for some moviegoers, because of gaping holes in the plot. To be fair Tron Legacy was not created solely as a stand alone movie. The accompanying video game and additional content was suppose to answer some of the questions the movie didn’t answer. I consider it an experiment that they probably will not attempt again.  I am optimistic about Oblivion since it is based on one of Radical Comics graphic novels.

 

 

6 Enders Game

Release Date: (11/01/2013)

Enders Game

Director: Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)

Screenplay: Gavin Hood, Orson Scott Card (novel)

Synopsis (Official):

Based on the best-selling, award winning novel by visionary author Orson Scott Card, ENDER’S GAME is a futuristic adventure 70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion. named Ender Wiggin, who is drafted by the International Fleet to save the human race.


Ender’s Game

My Take:

Ender’s Game the movie is based on my favorite Sci-Fi novel of the same name. Ender is a child genesis that uses his formidable critical thinking abilities to get him out of problematic situations, sometimes with deadly results.  Children who demonstrate an aptitude for learning are implanted at an early age with a device that monitors the child’s progress and actions.  They draft anyone who will be an asset to them in an imminent war with an alien race. The book series has a cult like following kind of like The Hunger Games. If they make the film half as good as the book then this should be one to watch.

 

 

7 After Earth

Release Date: (6/7/2013)

Director: M Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs)

Screenplay: Stephen Gaghan, Gary Whitta

Synopsis (Official):

In After Earth, one thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (played by Jaden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai’s craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.
After Earth
My Take:

I know what you are thinking, M. Night Shyamalan, isn’t that the guy who won a Razzie (not a honor) for 2010’s The Last Airbender. Oh, ye of little faith must I remind you of Shyamalan’s cinematic jewels, 2002’s Signs and 1999’s The Sixth Sense. After Earth has the potential to be something really special. The cinematography looks great though I did have a flash back of James Cameron’s Avatar when I first saw the trailer. It has the whole man vs. nature thing going for it like Liam Neeson, in 2011’s The Grey (but in the future). It looks really good right now, but the plot could either make or break the film. I’ll reserve judgement until it hits theaters.

 

 

8 The Wolverine

Release Date: (7/26/2013)

The Wolverine

 

Director: James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Identity)

Wolverine 2 First Official PictureScreenplay: Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects)

Synopsis (Official):

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, “The Wolverine” finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.
The Wolverine
My Take:

This franchise is looking to redeem it’s self after 2009’s X Men Origins Wolverine. This is most likely an adaptation of Frank Miller and Chris Claremont’s Wolverine comics from the 1980s when Wolverine heads to Japan. Which means this movie will take a much darker tone. The Silver Samurai is the most likely antagonist for Wolverine according to the rumor mill. James Mangold is a good director and Christopher Mcquarrie is an Oscar winning screenwriter. I can’t say enough good things about Hugh Jackman, he’s an incredible actor and completely committees to a roll.

 

 

9 Pacific Rim

Release Date: (7/11/2013)

Director: Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy)

Screenplay: Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans)

Synopsis (Official):

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes – a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) – who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
Pacific Rim
My Take:

Very few directors could take a silly plot like this and make a movie that seems awesome. It is good Guillermo Del Toro is one of those directors. This film reminds me of Anime like Voltron and Robotech. This is one of those films like Transformers, where you shut of the logical centers of your brain and enjoy the spectacle of big robots fighting big monsters. I hear they have already started working on a script for a squeal.

 

 

10 G.I. Joe Retaliation

Release Date: (3/29/2013)

Director: Jon Chu  (Step Up 3D, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never)

Screenplay: Paul Wernick (Zombieland), Rheett Reese

Synopsis (Official):

The film will feature the G.I. Joe Team coming into a conflict with Zartan, Storm Shadow and Firefly, all serving under the newly released Cobra Commander. Zartan (who is still impersonating the President of the United States) frames all G.I. Joe operatives as traitors to the United States, exterminating most of them and leaving a small group of survivors.Zartan and the Commander now have all the world leaders under Cobra’s control, with their advanced warheads aimed at innocent populaces around the world. Badly beaten, outnumbered and outgunned, the Joes make a desperate plan to overthrow Cobra Commander and take back the world, with their secret black operation called the “Second American Revolution”, which involves the return of the original G.I. Joe General Joseph Colton.

 

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

My Take:

The first G.I. Joe movie made a mockery of my childhood. It’s over use of computer generated images and bland acting (probably because of the lame script) made me think the target audience hadn’t reached puberty yet. With that said it still was a mildly amusing movie. The second time around they are rolling out the big guns like Dwayne “The Rock”Johnson and Bruce Willis. They already pushed the release date back 9 months from 6/29/12 to 3/29/13 while they re-shot the film. Paramount Pictures stated it was so they could convert the film to 3D, but that process doesn’t take anywhere near nine months.  I can only hope they learned from their mistakes and will restore the dignity of my childhood heroes (don’t bet on it).

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