The biggest trend for studios recently has been the superhero movie. With so many properties available for the big screen treatment and the sheer number of dollars each film has the potential of making its no surprise more and more are finding their way into theaters. This year doesn't see a big gamble by studios but does see some properties that haven't been around for a little awhile. So let's run down each film, the expectations, and then I want to hear what you think will be the big superhero release of the year and which will be the one we regret spending money on.
Superhero Movies of 2013
|1. Iron Man 3|
Coming out on May 3rd this looks to be a possible tipping point for the Iron Man franchise. Not every fan was excited over the direction of Iron Man 2 and there is only so much villain in another Iron Man suit people can take. But with the recent Super Bowl teaser hinting at the things to come and a truly struggling Tony Stark it could be a triumphant return to form. The bigger question for fans may be how this impacts The Avengers sequel and if all these story lines will come together in one grand series of films.
|2. Man of Steel|
Possibly the biggest question mark among all these films. The next Superman film comes out in June attempting a big summer release for a franchise that hasn't had heated fervor around itself since Christopher Reeve was donning the tights. After Superman Returns received a lukewarm reaction we're now getting a full reboot to possibly the best known comic book character. Do moviegoers really want to see another origin story and another Lex Luther battle? Will this be the typical "paint by numbers" Superman film?
|3. The Wolverine|
Wolverine in the movies is a bastardized child the result of adamantium bullets and rewrites to the comic book stories. Hearing now that he will be traveling to Japan and somehow shove another story into his already filled background doesn't exactly fill be with joy and expectation. And with the knowledge that this started as a Darren Aronofsky film but seemingly has flattened into a typical action film doesn't find me buying my tickets in advance. But Wolverine seems to always be a character fans rally around and support so perhaps this film can help revive a seemingly stagnant X-man franchise too.
|4. Thor: The Dark World|
The last major superhero release has us returning to Asgard with the first sequel to Thor, possibly the weakest of the original slew of hero movies but whose story line impacted the Avengers movie the most. I personally enjoy the world of Thor and returning to that world filled with both fantasy and superheroes seems like fun. Will this film have the same impact as the original one on a larger story line? Or will this just be anotherLoki hunt as a lot of the Thor story lines tend to be? We will have to wait all the way until late November to get our many questions answered.
I imagine I'll be seeing Iron Man 3 and given that my dad is a huge Superman fan, Man of Steel will be on my must watch list. Which of these films are a must see for you? Which will be skipped no matter what?