Summer movie line-up hyped with excitement

April 23, 2012

By Robert Rinaldo
Entertainment Editor

This year has seen a number of hit releases in theaters. Currently, “The Hunger Games” is the highest grossing film of the year, but the year is still young.

The summer line-up of new releases looks very promising, with a couple that have high likelihood of dethroning Katniss and Peeta’s fight for survival. Here are a few films to keep an eye out for this summer.

 “Dark Shadows”:  Vampires remain  in vogue, with Johnny Depp playing dress-up again as vampire Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton’s take on a ’60s gothic soap opera of the same name. Featuring other big names such as Helena Bonham Carter and Eva Green, “Dark Shadows” goes in a different direction from the original television series, aiming for a more comedic tone rather than the original melodramatic and eerie tones. Whether this will hurt the film or help it is unknown, but one thing is for certain: Another team up between Depp and Burton is bound to produce another cult hit like “Corpse Bride and “Sweeny Todd.”

“Battleship”: A movie based off the popular children’s board game involving naval fleets seems like a weird idea at first, but throw in aliens and it makes the idea even weirder. “Battleship” follows a line of “humans versus aliens” movies such as “War of the Worlds” and “Battle: Los Angeles” and is directed by Peter Berg, who is known for “The Kingdom,” “The Rundown” and Hancock.” Starring Taylor Kitsch, Rhianna and Liam Neeson, it will be interesting to see if the movie is as big as the trailers are making it out to be. Like “The Avengers,” “Battleship” is either going to be an action-packed thrill or a Computer-Generated Imagery mess.

“Prometheus”: Directed by Ridley Scott, known best for “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” the film is conceived as a prequel to “Alien.” The script was rewritten numerous times to create a separate story that precedes the events of “Alien,” but which is not directly connected to the films in the “Alien” franchise. According to Scott, though the film shares “strands of Alien’s DNA, so to speak,” and takes place in the same universe, “Prometheus” will explore its own mythology and ideas. It will be interesting to see if the film will refer to “Alien” at all.

“The Amazing Spider-Man”: 2012 is turning out to be the summer of the super heroes yet again. Along with “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” comes the reboot of the “Spider-Man” franchise. After the disappointing “Spider-Man 3” and the cancellation of “Spider-Man 4,” director Marc Webb looks to bring the franchise back to its full potential. Starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey, the film looks to tell the origin of Parker’s powers in a different way from the previous films. According to Webb, events such as Uncle Ben’s death and the spider bite will still occur as in canon but in a different fashion, hoping to give the audience something new and fresh.

“The Dark Knight Rises”: Possibly the second most anticipated film of the year behind “The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight Rises” is the final installment in Christopher Nolan’s reboot of the franchise. The film seeks to continue the high success of the previous film “The Dark Knight,” which is cited by many as the best super-hero film of all time. This means the upcoming film has unbelievably high expectations as to whether or not it can match the same quality as its predecessor. Also, there is much controversy surrounding Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy’s portrayal of Catwoman and Bane, respectively. One thing is for sure: “The Dark Knight Rises” will be one of, if not the most, talked about film of the year.

“The Avengers”: Easily the most anticipated film of the last few years, “The Avengers” finally debuts in May after being pushed back from its original 2011 release date. The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson returning to their roles as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Loki and Nick Fury respectively as well as newcomers Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo as Hawkeye and The Hulk, respectively. Under the direction of Joss Whedon, whose works include “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger” and the first “X-Men” film, “The Avengers” has a lot of hype and expectations to live up, setting up to becoming either the perfect superhero film or the perfect disaster.

This is only a sample of the number of big name films coming out this summer. With other hits such as “Snow White and the Huntsman,” “Rock of Ages” and “The Bourne Legacy” debuting, it is obvious that this summer will be a great one for going to the movies.