Comic books. What is it about these 30-page mini panelled monthly novellas, filled with vivid illustrations of otherworldly and fantastical beings engaged in an eternal battle between good and evil? We’re now living in the Golden Age of comic book movies, with a wealth of material—some well-known and some obscure—that filmmakers trawl through and unearth for inspiration.
Directors such as Chris Nolan (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy), Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass), Zack Snyder (Watchmen, Man of Steel) have successfully turned these flimsy tomes into its polished celluloid form. While most of these movies kick ass and do justice to its source material, there are those that are just plain bad (anyone remembers Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin?).
Like a speeding bullet, these few months will see a slew of comic book movies that promises to dominate our cinematic landscape. Whether you’re looking for the brooding antihero, spandex wearing defenders of justice, we got ‘em. And for those of you who still aren’t comic book geeks, we’ll let the trailers do the talking.
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Thor (opens Apr 28)
As the story goes, the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. He is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. For a comic book movie, it boasts an impressive cast of heavyweights include Kenneth Branagh taking the director’s chair as well as Oscar winners Portman and Hopkins, playing opposite the relatively unknown but perfectly cast Hemsworth as the God of Thunder himself.
The Green Lantern (opens Jun 16)
Ryan Reynolds as a super hero? You gotta be kidding right? Well, he was the fast talking Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But if you take a peek into the really cool trailer that was unveiled during the recent WonderCon comics and Pop Culture convention recently, Reynolds got his portrayal as reckless pilot turned superhero Hal Jordan down pat. If you aren’t familiar with this DC comic series, the Green Lantern is part of the Green Lantern Corp—a supergroup of interplanetary defenders. Jordan is entrusted with a mystical ring by a dying Corpsman, and then lo-and-behold turning him into a sort of Mr. Earth, protecting peace and justice in our immediate universe. Blake Lively co-stars as Jordan’s love interest and Mark Strong is cast as Jordan’s Green Lantern mentor, Sinestro.
X-Men: First Class (opens Jun 2)
Like the trailer says: Before Professor X, he was Charles; before he was Magneto, he was Erik. This fifth instalment of the X-Men saga is actually its prequel, taking you back almost fifty years into the past during the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Civil Rights Movement in America. Starring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as the Charles Xavier and Magneto respectively, this movie promises to be an epic one indeed. This movie take you back to some very famous historical moments and shows you how the X-men were involved in these events before they made a team and before they became who they were. Back when archenemies Professor X and Magneto were against each other they were normal people and they were friends and they worked together to prevent nuclear Armageddon.
Captain America: The First Avenger (opens Jul 28)
When his shield made a cameo in Iron Man, every fan-boy worth his weight in comic books waited with bated breath for the release of its impending movie. Chris Evans, a comic book movie veteran for his role as The Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies takes on the role of Steve Rogers who volunteers for a secret US army program that transforms him into a super-soldier, Captain America to fight the Nazis and ultimately the nefarious Red Skull played by Hugo Weaving. After Thor and Iron Man, Captain America: The First Avenger is the third comic franchise in the run up to Joss Whedon’s much anticipated Avengers movie that’s slated for a 2012 release.
Cowboys & Aliens (opens Aug 9)
Definitely not your typical comic book or superhero movie, Cowboys & Aliens take us back to the Wild West where a cowboy (with the help of a shiny bracelet that shoots lasers) leads the fight to save our world from little green men—kinda like Independence Day-Lone Ranger style. With heavyweights lending their name to the movie—Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde stars and Iron Man’s Jon Favreau directs while Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Steven Spielberg produces—this sci-fi western based on a comic book of the same name is one to watch.