2013: A Year of Comics in Film
By Gunner Glam
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In the last 10 years there have been ongoing franchises which bring Hollywood in billions of dollars in revenue from Harry Potter to Transformers.
One solid base for creative and strong-following movie franchises is comic book adaptations.
2012’s The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, is currently ranked number three worldwide of the highest grossing films.
One major role in this achievement was that marketing for the film began with a post-credit scene of 2008’s Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk and continued with various parts of Iron Man 2 in 2010 and Thor and Captain America in 2011.
For 2013, it looks to be one of the biggest years for comic book films as there are eight slated for release between the spring and fall.
Kicking off the 2013 summer movie season is Iron Man 3 on May 3. In the third addition to the series, Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) is a full-on Tony Stark-centric movie, very much inspired by the first half of the original Iron Man. He’s stripped of everything, he’s backed up against a wall and he has to use his intelligence to get out of it. He can’t call Thor (Chris Hemsworth), he can’t call Cap (Chris Evans), he can’t call Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and he can’t look for the Helicarrier in the sky. Looks to be a full-on action thrill ride.
June 14 brings Superman: The Man Of Steel, where the lead role will for the first time be played by a non-American. Harry Caville, a British actor, plays Clark Kent, a journalist in his twenties who was adopted as a child by Martha and Jonathan Kent after he was transported to Earth from the dying planet Krypton. Raised with the values of his adoptive parents, he feels alienated because of his unique super abilities and struggles to find his place in life. When the world is attacked, he becomes the hero Superman to protect its people.
June 28 is Kick-Ass 2. Universal bought the rights to a film adaptation of the comic in May 2012 and plans to produce it. Jeff Wadlow was confirmed to direct. The comic book was adapted by Matthew Vaughn, Jeff Wadlow and John Romita Jr. The proposed title for the upcoming film is Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall. Aaron Johnson and Chloë Grace Moretz were reportedly in negotiations to reprise their roles as Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl, respectively. Mintz-Plasse also confirmed his involvement in the sequel. Yancy Butler will return as Red Mist’s mother Angie D’Amico. Lyndsy Fonseca will return in a limited role. Morris Chestnut will replace Omari Hardwick as Hit-Girl’s guardian Marcus Williams.
R.I.P.D will be released on July 19. In this film, a recently slain young cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest In Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him. The film is set to be directed by Robert Schwentke, based on the comic book of the same name by Peter M. Lenkov and published by Dark Horse Entertainment. The film will star Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges as Nick Walker and Roy Pulsipher, respectively. Filming for R.I.P.D. was completed on January 28, 2012.
The Wolverine is the sixth installment in the X-Men film series and a stand-alone sequel to the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine (starring Hugh Jackman as the titular character). The film, to be released July 26, is expected to take place in Japan, borrowing elements from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s 1982 limited series, which was set in the same location.
2 Guns is based onthe graphic novel written by Steven Grant. Set for release on August 16, the film follows Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington as a Navy SEAL and a DEA agent, respectively, who work together despite not knowing each is undercover. When the duo unknowingly steals millions from the CIA for the mob, they discover double-crossing associates who will do anything to retrieve the money.
On October 4 comes Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, a crime thriller neo-noir film and sequel to the 2005 film Sin City. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller are set to direct a script co-written by them and William Monahan and based on the second book in the Sin City series by Miller.
Finally, set for a November 8 release date, Thor: The Dark World is American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It is intended to be the sequel to 2011’s Thor and the eighth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Alan Taylor is set to direct a screenplay by Don Payne and Robert Rodat with Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba and Rene Russo reprising their roles from the first film.
All of the above lead into Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days Of Future Past and Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014.
Ultimately to follow is The Avengers 2 in 2015, where more heroes and villains will be added to the mix between now and then through the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s sequels.
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