HOLLYWOOD—The year 2011 isn’t over yet, but the sleuth of trailers and teasers being released for movies in the year 2012 has many movie enthusiasts counting the days until the release of some of the most anticipated films of next year.
Next year we’ll see two different versions of Snow White; one starring Academy Award winner Julia Roberts “Snow White 3D” and the other starring Academy Award winner Charlize Theron in “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Spider-Man returns to the screen after a five-year hiatus in “The Amazing Spider-Man” starring Andrew Garfield; there’s also the comic book overload with “The Avengers.” And Will Smith returns to the big screen in “Men In Black 3.” But these are not the most anticipated movies of 2012.
"The Dark Knight Rises" arrives on July 20.
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II,” “Prometheus,” “The Hunger Games,” “The Hobbit” and “The Dark Knight Rises” are perhaps the top five films of 2012. They all have a cult following and are expected to take a huge chunk out of the box office. It’s no secret that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” is a box office phenomenon grossing more than $168 million opening weekend, but I’d argue two of the five films listed have a large chance of breaking that record again.
There has always been a back and forth debate over which franchise has a bigger fan base, “Twilight” or “Harry Potter.” That question won’t officially be answered until the final chapter “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II” arrives in theaters on November 16, 2012. It’s the wedding that will change everything, the birth of a vampire baby and the ultimate battle between vampires, werewolves and humans will culminate. The books are a worldwide success, but the movies are becoming just as big and drawing more fans.
The buzz surrounding “The Hunger Games” becomes more fascinating each day that it nears release. The movie, which is based on the books by Suzanne Collins, stars Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old forced to fight for her life in a gladiator reality show. While the movie appears to touch on a risky topic of children fighting for their lives, many are eagerly awaiting how the book will be transformed to the silver screen when it’s released on March 23.
Ridley Scott until this day is responsible for creating the most suspenseful sci-fi epic with his 1979 classic “Alien” starring Sigourney Weaver. Scott hasn’t delved in that genre since then until now. He returns to the genre with “Prometheus” on June 8. While the film was initially planned as a prequel to “Alien,” during the writing of the script the story evolved into something much more unique. Scott promises there will be strands of “Alien” in the movie that audiences will recognize. Much mystery surrounds what the infamous creature will look like and what lies for our favorite space endeavors. The talented cast includes Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba.
No trilogy has proved itself more successful than “The Lord of the Rings” directed by Peter Jackson. It’s been more than nine years since the last film, but “The Hobbit,” a prequel to “The Lord of the Rings” franchise, will answer those unanswered questions. The journey will follow Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he attempts to protect the lost dwarf kingdom of Erebor and uncover the mystical gold ring. Expect the first of two chapters of the saga to begin on December 14.
There is a reason I have chosen Christopher Nolan’s final chapter in the Batman saga “The Dark Knight Rises” as the most anticipated movie of 2012. Approximately two weeks ago, the first teaser for the film was released. Please take note other studios that this is how you create buzz and anticipation for a movie: give the audience just enough, no plot and minimal images to make them want more. The stakes are extremely high for this final film as “The Dark Knight” is heralded as a classic thanks to clever writing and incredible acting from the late Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker.
Ridley Scott's sci-fi epic "Prometheus" hits theaters on June 8.
No comic book has been able to top "Rises’" predecessor, but if there’s a film that can it will be this chapter. How will it end? No one knows, but audiences will be glad to hear that Christian Bale is returning as the caped crusader, along with Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, with new additions Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Marion Cotillard. Gotham looks to be crumbling and only one person can save the citizens: Batman, but at what cost? See how it all ends on July 18. So do you agree with my picks? What are your must-see movies of 2012?