The Dark Knight Rises - Released July 20, 2012
Christopher Nolan’s and Christian Bale’s last Batman film looks to be a big one to bow out on. After the genre-defining Dark Knight, Nolan has assembled a top-notch cast including Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard and Matthew Modine, along with the usual suspects. Plot details are sketchy, with Hardy’s Bane the only confirmed villain (Hathaway plays Seline Kyle but this is no firm indication that she’s playing her as Catwoman) and the only known scenes being flashbacks to a young Ra’s al Ghul, played by Liam Neeson in Batman Begins and Josh Pence in TDKR. Needless to say fanboys are salivating already, a year before release, and pretty much every film fan is eager to see how Nolan leaves the franchise (I’ve got my own theories, but that’s a story for another post)
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes - Released August 5, 2011
Rise… earns its place on this list mainly because I’m intrigued to see how they can make this into a good film. Yes, it stars James Franco as a scientist and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) as a redneck and yes, in the shots released so far, the titular apes look damn realistic, but then there’s the thing that hampers every prequel; we already know how it’ll end up thanks to Planet Of The Apes. The fact that this is meant to be the first of a series does not fill me with hope…
Cowboys & Aliens - Released July 29, 2011
Indiana Jones. Harrison Ford. Fighting aliens. In the old West. That premise is worth the entry fee alone
The Inbetweeners - Released August 19, 2011
I’ll admit, it took while for The Inbetweeners to win me over, but it’s clear now that it was one of the funniest homegrown series in a while. Whether or not that translates across to the silver screen remains to be seen, and even though its likely to just be an extended episode, it’ll still be funnier than pretty much every “comedy” chucked out by Hollywood this year.
Fright Night - Released August 19, 2011
A remake of an 80s classic apparently… nope, I’ve never seen the original either, but this stars Colin Farrell as a vampire, David Tennant playing a Russell Brand-ish TV host and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) & Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin in Superbad) as our suburban amateur vampire hunters). Typical vampy fare, but the cast is a good’un, so it’ll definitely be worth a watch
Men In Black 3 - Released May 25, 2012
If you were too young or too old for the previous two MIB films, you probably won’t be getting to hyped for this. But if, like me, you were the perfect age when MIB 1 and 2 were released, this should be getting you quite giddy. The cast list is sweet (Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return as J & K, whilst Josh Brolin plays the young K and Jermaine Clement, yes, him off of Flight of The Conchords, plays the film’s villain, Boris) whilst a supposed time travel plot has a lot of potential. Come May 25th 2012, I doubt I’ll be the only one feeling like a kid again.
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Killer/World War Z/The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet - Release dates TBC
Have you seen these titles? Do you know what they’re about? Vampires, zombies, American presidents, strumpets, Brad Pitt, apocalypse, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, 1700s England, more zombies, more vampires. They’re like what would happen if you gave horror nerds million dollar budgets and a camera. Fun. Django Unchained It’s Tarantino, it’s a revenge film, it’s got Christoph Waltz in it again and it might star Will Smith. I dunno about you, but I’m buying my ticket now.
The Smurfs - Released August 19, 2011
Just to see how awful it is.