Wow! Where did 2011 go?
Here we are at the end of another entertaining movie year, with 2012 just around the corner.
Of course, 2012 is not just ANY movie year. It’s one of the most anticipated movie-going years in recent memory with several HUGE, highly anticipated, movie franchises and event films finally coming to the screen. So we here at PassMeThePopcorn.com thought we’d get the pulse of the community by seeing which film audiences are MOST excited to see in this coming year. Each movie caters to an obviously specific and different audience, but all these films also figure to be the biggest worldwide Hollywood box office hits for 2012.
The final installment in the Christopher Nolan directed and Christian Bale Batman saga. The Dark Knight Rises promises to bring a definite closure to the storylines established with the iconic characters from the films, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. What exactly does that mean? Well, it means the trilogy will end here, with no possibility of a continuing story. Of course it doesn’t mean that we’ve seen the last of the character of Batman. I expect a reboot to come about a couple of years after this film. But it’ll be the last time we see Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and the last time Christopher Nolan will direct a Batman film. Let’s hope they saved the best for last! The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled for release July 20, 2012.
Official Synopsis: Every hero has a journey. Every journey has an end. Christopher Nolan returns to complete the epic Gotham trilogy that launched with Batman Begins and reached the stratosphere with the billion-dollar blockbuster The Dark Knight.
Batman is now hunted by the law led by his friend Commisioner Gordon for taking the blame of Harvey Dent’smurders and protecting his reputation. He must quickly deal with the arrival of new villain Bane who is bent on the destruction and chaos of Gotham City, face old wounds and get a handle on the enigmatic Selina Kylebefore his city is lost for good.
Oscar Winner Christian Bale reprises his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman for the third time along with stars Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commisioner Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. Inception starsMarion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt join the cast as WayneEnterprise board member Miranda Tate andGotham Cop John Blake. Rounding out the cast are Anne Hathaway as the sleek Selina Kyle and Tom Hardy as the powerful villain Bane.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Christopher Nolan film, “The Dark Knight Rises.” Nolan directed the film from a screenplay written by Jonathan Nolan andChristopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. Charles Roven, Emma Thomas andChristopher Nolan are the producers, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull serving as executive producers. “The Dark Knight Rises” is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.
Here we go. The movie that all the Marvel studios film franchises have been building up to. The Avengers directed by Joss Whedon is the movie that brings together the greatest superhero team ever assembled. Their duty? To protect the earth from its gravest threat ever. What exactly is that threat? Well judging from the trailer we know that Loki, from the Thor movie is involved. Speculation as to the rest of the threat to humanity is rampant. Whatever the case it has to be pretty dire considering a team of Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Black Widow and The Hulk will have their hands full. The Avengers is scheduled for release May 4, 2012.
Official Synopsis: Marvel Studios presents “Marvel’s The Avengers”–the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble in summer 2012. In “Marvel’s The Avengers,” superheroes team up to pull the world back from the brink of disaster when an unexpected enemy threatens global security.
Official Synopsis: Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 16 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following.
This Spider-man reboot promises to stick more closely with the original comic book character. Notably, non-organic web shooters on Peter Parker’s hands, and more realistic, practical, real-life special effects and stunts rather than the Sam Raimi CGI filled version. The Amazing Spider-man also will added an extra dimension to the characters. Literally. It will be presented in 3D for the first time. The Amazing Spider-Man is scheduled for release July 3, 2012.
One of the world’s most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the new film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the film in association with Marvel Entertainment for Columbia Pictures, which will open in theaters everywhere in 3D on July 3, 2012.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
Does Pixar EVER make bad movies? I guess one can make a case that The Cars films aren’t exactly award season worthy, but the films do make a ton of money and audiences are generally amused by the films. This latest film from Pixar studios, Brave, is the studio’s first foray into the fantasy adventure genre. With their an unimaginably broad canvas to create on, we can expect nothing short of fantastic and amazing from this film. Brave is scheduled for release June 22, 2012.
Official Synopsis: Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.
Official Synopsis: Ridley Scott, director of “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Peter Jackson returns to the shire to bring The Hobbit, the original novel and prequel to his epic The Lord of the Rings trilogy to the screens. Will audiences have the same affection for a smaller, character-drama, filled tale of the heroic hobbit Bilbo Baggins, as they did with the larger scale, and epic adventure Lord of the Rings? The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is scheduled for release December 14, 2012.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths ofguile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
James Bond where have you been? Locked in a legal wrangle for years after the mediocre 2008 Quantum of Solace, the James Bond franchise returns with SkyFall, an action filled original tale. Daniel Craig returns in Skyfall as the perennial secret agent with a license to kill, which promises a return to the roots of the character that fans have loved throughout the years. This time the directorial reigns fall to Academy Award winning director Sam Mendes. Making at least a possibility, that the drama will match the exciting trademark action. SkyFall is scheduled for release October 26, 2012.
As if the first testosterone filled ensemble film was not enough, executive producer Sylvester Stallone has decided to throw into the mix action film veterans Jean Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris. Not only that, but The Expendables 2 also promises to give expanded roles to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. Also taking over the directorial reigns is action film veteran Simon West. Which gives Stallone the freedom to concentrate on just his performance and the story. So will the age old adage, bigger is better be appropriately applied here? Let’s hope that it is not a bunch of sound and fury signifying nothing. The Expendables 2 is scheduled for release August 17, 2012.
The Expendables are back and this time it’s personal… Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Lee Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren),Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) — with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard — are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time — six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that’s nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother. That is done the Expendables way….
As if the movie year wasn’t big enough, let’s throw in a Quentin Tarantino film into the mix. After the critical and commercial success of his World War II fantasy film Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino could have decided to tackle any topic or genre. What he has decided to do next has surprised everyone. This time he tackles America’s darkest and most brutal, openly racist time period, the civil war era south. Django Unchained is inspired by the cult spaghetti western Django, but the film promises to feature Tarantino’s trademark dialogue and delightful genre mixing. Django Unchained stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Christopher Waltz and Jamie Foxx.
Official Synopsis: Django is a freed slave, who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (played by Christoph Waltz) becomes a bad-ass bounty hunter himself, and after assisting Waltz in taking down some bad guys for profit, is helped by Waltz in tracking down his slave wife and liberating her from an evil plantation owner.
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
The final chapter in the The Twilight Saga. The love triangle of Bella, Edward and Jacob will finally come to an end.With part 1 being a huge box office hit, there’s no doubt part 2 will bring more of the same. Obviously… this film is meant for a certain demographic and perhaps more than the others on this list is the most polarizing film of the bunch. One thing that we can ALL agree upon is that we are looking forward to the end of this franchise. Albeit for drastically, different reasons. Breaking Dawn Part 2 is scheduled for release November 16, 2012.
Critically acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson returns to the screen with this controversial look into the rise of a fictional faith based organization. The current working title of the film is The Master. But one can probably expect a change…or even two before they settle on a title. Many are calling the film a not-so-subtle based look at the beginnings of Scientology. Whatever the case, there’s no doubt that Anderson will create a riveting, thought provoking movie on faith in the same vein as his modern day classic There Will be Blood looked at the beginnings of the oil industry.
Official Synopsis: Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Thomas Anderson (the acclaimed director of, There Will Be Blood, Magnolia and Boogie Nights), this story stars Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) and Academy Award-nominee Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line). Set in America in the years following World War II, a charismatic intellectual (Hoffman) launches a faith-based organization and taps a young drifter (Phoenix) as his right-hand man. But as the faith begins to gain a fervent following, the onetime vagabond finds himself questioning the belief system he has embraced, and his mentor. A truly one-of-a-kind drama, which promises magnetic virtuoso performances, the film marks the fifth collaboration between Anderson and Hoffman, following Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and Punch Drunk Love.
Steven Spielberg’s submission for 2012’s award season is the historical drama Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The drama will take a look at the ending of the civil war up until the fateful night of Lincoln’s assassination. With Spielberg, Day-Lewis and the inspiring subject matter there’s no doubt Lincoln will receive plenty of award season and critical acclaim.
If we’ve missed ANY movies you are really excited to see. Let us know in the comments below! We might even add the film to the poll!!!