2013 Summer Superhero Movie Preview part 2
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The 2013 Summer Superhero Movie Preview
Welcome back to part 2 of this summer’s superhero movie roundup where I check out all the comic book and superhero movies coming out on home video and in theaters through the second half of the summer. While less focused on actual superheroes, there are still several comic book-centric movies coming out in the latter half of the summer and at least one potential blockbuster. So let’s take a look at them, shall we?
The first Kick Ass was a pleasant surprise for me, it had a lot of humor and some amazing action, especially considering its lower budget roots. In the sequel it seems like they really upped the stakes, but kept a lot of the humor that made the original fun. I’ve heard some complaints that the trailer showcases a lot of overly-obvious greenscreen work, time will tell if translates better on the bigscreen or if it looks worse. I personally didn’t notice it until it was pointed out to me, and even then I didn’t think it stood out that much. Chloe GraceMoretz looks like she’ll have a larger role in this movie and she deserves it, she looks and sounds amazing in the trailer. Aaron Taylor-Johnson also looks pretty ripped and a lot less like the slightly nerdy start to the first movie. I’m not too sure about the whole first supervillain angle with Mintz-Plasse and his rather colorful name, but Jim Carrey looks and sounds great as Colonel Stars and Stripes. If it’s anywhere near as good as the first one, I’ll definitely enjoy it. Check out the red band trailer below.
This is the first movie I’m listing that’s not quite a superhero movie, instead it’s more of a western hero based on the old Lone Ranger comic strips, and later radio plays and television show. It’s probably more of a tough sell, since westerns in general haven’t really made a comeback and have had more misses than hits in recent years. But it’s also got the same people behind it that made the Pirates of the Caribbean a hit when pirate movies hadn’t been around for a long time, and it has the drawing power of Johnny Depp as Tonto, and he definitely steals the scenes he’s in during the trailer. The only other thing I know Armie Hammer in, who plays the Lone Ranger himself, is from the critical and commercial miss of Mirror Mirror. This is the first movie I could really see going either way, though I have to say that my wife is totally excited to see this based on the trailer which you can also watch below.
I honestly had not even heard about this one before I set about making this list, though it does star seemingly everpresent comic book star Ryan Reynolds in this action comedy based on a Dark Horse comic book. The initials in the title stand for Rest in Peace Department and the movie follows Ryan Reynolds after he dies and joins a police force of undead officers in order to find the man who murdered him. The cast has some interesting names behind it, even though Reynolds has had some notable failures behind him, I still enjoy him as an actor and I think if he gets into the right movie he can hit it big. It also has Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon, and Mary Louise Parker. But as for what it has going against it is that the movie is completed, and yet there isn’t any trailer out there that I could find. Not only that, but the release date has already been pushed back a couple weeks from June 28th to July 19th, though I imagine that it’s to try and distance itself from Kick-Ass 2 which appears to have a similar action comedy vibe to it. I’m curious about it, but that’s really as far as I can go at this point.
This movie is the biggest release that I’m not entirely sure about. While the first two X-Men movies were fantastic, and Wolverine was a big part of that success, the third movie and Wolverine’s first stand alone movie weren’t quite as critically successful, even though they still made plenty at the box office. Hugh Jackman looks as amazing as ever as Wolverine, though I’m not sure where they’re going with the story. From all the way way early teases about this movie, I was under the impression that it was more or less going to be a sequel to his origin movie, taking place after Origins and before the first X-Men movie, but based on the recently released trailer it feels much more like it’s supposed to take place after X-Men 3, considering there is a brief hint of Jean Grey in it. The entire concept of him travelling to Japan and having his healing factor taken away from him doesn’t seem like it can sustain the entire movie, and I’m unsure of who the villain in this movie is supposed to be. Wolverine is a great character, but I’m not so sure that this will erase the memory of X-Men Origins, or if it will remind us of it, especially when it can be hard to differentiate the two since Origins is often referred to as just “Wolverine”. The X-Men movie I’m much more excited for is Days of Future Past, but anyway you can watch the trailer for The Wolverine below.
This is another movie that’s more of an action movie than a superhero movie, but it is based on a series of comic books so I’m including it here. I haven’t even gotten around to watching the first movie yet, though I imagine I will watch it to prepare for this sequel. It’s got a great cast, even though Bruce Willis is very hit or miss when it comes to action roles. This is yet another action comedy to follow after Kick-Ass 2 and R.I.P.D. and I do have to admit that this trailer made me laugh a lot more than the other one. The cast looks like they’re having a lot of fun with each other, and while Bruce Willis has been working hard this year, he’s coming off of the critically lambasted Die Hard movie and the mediocre reception of G.I. Joe, though the latter was a decent box office success. I will say that watching the trailer is making me want to watch the original sooner than later, so I guess that’s a good sign. Hopefully they didn’t just put all the funny moments in the trailer, watch the trailer below and see for yourself.
This is the second upcoming movie that has yet to release a trailer and it releases the same day as Red 2. The original 300 was a very stylish movie and really put Zack Snyder on the map, even though he’s not directing this one as he’s working on Man of Steel he did work on the screenplay. This prequel instead is directed by Noam Murro whose only real credit before this movie is a 2008 comedy I’d never heard of called Smart People. It’s tough to say at this point how this movie will go, considering the first made heavy use of special effects and was a real breakout role for Gerard Butler as King Leonidas who isn’t returning for the prequel, though Lena Headley as Queen Gorgo, Rodrigo Santoro as Xerxes, and a few others are returning. This is another one like R.I.P.D. that’s really too early to tell for me, without King Leonidas or Zack Snyder’s visual flair it could easily be a flop, but if Norm Murro brings something special to it there’s a small chance it could work, personally I’m waiting for a trailer before I make my mind up so where is it already?
And there you have it, it’s a big summer with tons of superhero and comic book movies, though I think the biggest ones that I’m looking forward to are frontloaded in the beginning of summer, the second half of summer looks the most in doubt from where I’m sitting, though the Lone Ranger and The Wolverine both have the potential to become hit movies, I’m not completely sold on either one of them yet. If you enjoyed this preview, make sure to share it so everyone else can check it out too. Until next time, this has been Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights.