Comic Con is no longer just a place for comic book fans. It has become a central hub of pop culture, and this year promises some really exciting upcoming movies. Although there is an unending plethora of films that were at Comic Con, there are definitely a few that are especially exciting, some that could possibly have potential, and others that just look plain dumb.
Looking Forward to…
The Hobbit. Obviously, this was one of the most exciting films there. Based on the trailer and director Peter Jackson’s track record, I don’t see any way this movie could be disappointing. There is some dispute about shooting the film in 48 frames per second instead of 24, but I’m willing to give it a shot. C’mon guys, it’s Peter Jackson. Let’s show a little faith in the director who wowed us all with his Lord of the Rings masterpiece.
Oz the Great and Powerful. With a fan base already built in, this will probably do well. Audiences usually like a fresh spin on a story they already know and love, and with the magical elements, great cast, and beautiful production design, this movie looks promising. Due to Snow White and the Huntsman‘s success, it will probably draw in a good crowd. Hopefully, it won’t disappoint like Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
Looper. Joseph Gordon Levitt in an action-packed, time traveling movie? Yes, please. Action looks good, story seems interesting, and the shots look polished. And with a cast of Joseph Gordon Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt, acting will definitely be convincing. Overall, excited about seeing it.
Could Possibly Have Potential…
Pacific Rim. Since this one is not coming out for another year, it’s hard to have too much of an opinion about it. However, based on the fact that Guillermo Del Toro is the director, I’m inclined to have hope in it. Production design looks promising, and as long as it’s not more focused on robots than story, it will probably be something worth checking out.
Iron Man 3. The first Iron Man was great. Tony Stark is a lovable character through Robert Downey Jr.’s awesome performance. The reason why Iron Man 3 is still in the maybe category is because Iron Man 2 was a bit of a let down. It didn’t live up to its predecessor, and it ended anti-climatically. I really hope that the 3rd one will be better, but based on the track record of sequels, my expectations are somewhat low.
Elysium. The main interest in this movie can be summed up in two words: Neil Blompkamp. His approach to District 9 was so unique, he brought a freshness to the screen that is really hard to do these days. Paired up with Matt Damon for his next film, I don’t know if he will be able to live up to District 9, but I’d be willing to see it.
Thor: The Dark World. Thor wasn’t my favorite movie in the world, but it was still somewhat entertaining. The best part was Loki, and since he will be in the second movie, it gives me hope. As long as the writers don’t completely screw it up, this will probably be watchable.
Why on Earth Are These Movies Getting Made…
Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Who made the decision to make a sequel to this movie? Obviously, they never saw the first one. It was a horrible movie, and now they’re making a sequel. Poor Captain America was only redeemed in The Avengers where he got to be part of a well told story. But without Joss Whedon, I’m afraid his chances aren’t looking so good.
Man of Steel. Yes, it has a good cast. And maybe it will turn out to be a decent film. But that is beside the point! We just had a Superman reboot that didn’t do very well. That does not mean there is need for another one. Here’s a crazy idea: why not come up with a fresh idea instead of rebooting all the old ones over and over again?
What movies are you excited about seeing from Comic Con? If you went to Comic Con, what was your experience in seeing everything live?