Men in tights are back and comic book movies just show no signs of stopping. Last year there were a ton of these films and as usual most weren't great, with some exceptions. This year looks like it could really come through with some wonderful hits, or just a series of over the top flops. All it would really take is a few bad films, even just sub par ones, to be panned by critics to see this ever growing comic book film bubble finally burst. Marvel has already invested so much on quite a few of their films and now we see DC finally putting their own large investment in hopes of matching them.
Superhero Movies of 2014
|1. 300: Rise of an Empire|
March 7th: It'll be 7 years since we first saw the original 300. Many memes later a sequel to the Frank Miller inspired film is back. The original's director, Zack Snyder, has moved on to bigger things but he did write and produce this one. So maybe this one has a chance.
|2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier|
April 4th: Thor 2 made a lot of money if it wasn't the greatest Marvel movie to date. So it comes down to the superhero stuck in the past to somehow set up the eventual Avengers 2. This seems more like the year that the Marvel B team succeeds while these ones coast.
|3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2|
May 2nd: It seems that this sequel is making the same mistake that the third Sam Raimi Spider-Man film made. Too many villains shoved into one movie. Maybe this new style can balance the baddies better or at least not force Peter Parker into a depression dance. Marc Webb did a good job with the first one so hopefully he can pull this one off as well.
|4. X-Men: Days of Future Past|
May 23rd: X-Men has been the longest going comic book franchise that hasn't seen a complete reboot. That doesn't mean it every film since it began has been gold (remember Wolverine: Origins?) so how will this giant conjoining go? No matter how many QuickSilver costumes catastrophes they release I'll still end up giving this one a shot.
|5. Guardians of the Galaxy|
Aug. 1st: Possibly Marvels biggest gamble since the beginning of this comic book era in movies. Will audiences accept heroes outside of the typical ones they're used to? Will a talking squirrel be something the Iron Man audience go for? Of all of Marvel's films this one will be the most fun to watch.
|6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|
Aug. 8th: A new TMNT film was one the geek inside all of us desperately wanted. We fondly remember the 1990 one and despise how it eventually left off. But with Michael Bay's comments and hands all over the film concerns have been growing almost since this film was confirmed. Is there enough pizza power left for the turtles to join the ranks of Batman and the Avengers?
|7. Sin City: A Dame to Die For|
Aug. 22nd: Another Frank Miller based comic getting a sequel. This one features Miller as both the writer and directing along Robert Rodriguez. Rourke and Willis are among some of the returning actors and this one has, in my opinion, the most potential to fail. Sin City seems to be one of those comic book films we often forget and rarely re-watch. So are we really waiting for a sequel?