I’ve decided to put together my own list of films that I’m personally looking forward to in 2012. To keep things fresh I’ve decided not to include any of the films already on Sean’s list. His list does contain three films that I would have otherwise mentioned. Those films are Looper, Gravity and Django Unchained. All three films look very promising and I can’t wait for them to come out, but now it’s time to talk about even more films slated for 2012 release!
Kicking things off is Steven Soderbergh‘s Haywire; another film of his featuring a mega cast of players like Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Michael Fassbender, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum and Gina Carano. His last film Contagion was a letdown in my books, but that doesn’t mean he’s lost his touch just yet. Soderbergh is known for making very different films. They’re usually experimental in execution, which means you’ll love some and hate some. Haywire looks more up my alley because of its assassin kill or be killed plot.
Haywire comes out this month (January) on the 20th.
Due to the recent negative buzz for this film I’m assuming most will question my decision of putting Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance on my most anticipated list. I absolutely hated the first film, but I still think the material was put in the wrong hands. Who better to capture the complete craziness of a comic book character with a flaming skull than Crank directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor? The two have made a name for themselves directing completely insane films with hyper camerawork and lots and lots of action. Nic Cage is returning as Ghost Rider and Idris Elba and Ciaran Hinds are padding the cast. I’m not expecting a high quality film, but I am expecting a fun ride similar to the criminally underrated Punisher: War Zone.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance opens in theaters on February 17th, 2012
Titanic may not be a new movie, but that doesn’t make it any less anticipated. James Cameron will be bringing his long waited 3D transfer of Titanic to the big screen in April. What better way to relive Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and a big fucking boat going under then in 3D? I’m usually against post converted cash grabs, but Cameron has been talking about this one for years and I have faith in him. He wouldn’t bring it back to theaters unless he had good reasoning. He knows how pointless re-releases can backfire and I doubt he wants to tarnish his impressive box office record after Avatar. I have my life vest on just in case.
Titanic will be hitting theaters in 3D on April 6th, 2012.
A week later comes the long awaited Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard film The Cabin in the Woods; a film that promises to turn the horror genre on itself. Early reviews are incredibly strong and the wait for this film is becoming unbearable. It’s been on the shelves for years thanks to MGM’s financial problems and luckily for us Lionsgate picked it up. My only problem going into the film is the massive built up hype. I sure hope it can deliver.
The Cabin in the Woods hits theaters on April 13th, 2012.
My most anticipated film of 2012 without a doubt is Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus. I’ve been drawn to the film ever since the casting of Michael Fassbender, Patrick Wilson, Idris Elba, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce and Charlize Theron. When the first trailer hit I knew that no other film would be able to top my list. Prometheus looks exactly like a sci-fi film that the genre so desperately needs. I’m just hoping the studio picks the right cut of the film. Rumor has it Scott is submitting an R-rated cut and a PG-13 rated cut. I’m fine with either as long as the one that is picked isn’t for financial reasons, but for quality reasons.
Prometheus opens up in 3D on June 8th, 2012.
Given the recent plot details and images I can firmly say I’m looking forward to The Amazing Spider-Man. I’m not so sure it will be able to top the original, but I am very curious. I like the direction it’s going in and I think Andrew Garfield is a much more believable Spider-Man than Tobey Maguire. I am worried that director Marc Webb might try and play a little too much on the emo depressed Spidey, especially since his last film (500) Days of Summer suffered from being overly dramatic and essentially pointless. Here’s to hoping the casting of Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans wasn’t wasted.
The Amazing Spider-Man opens in theaters on July 3rd, 2012.
Just a few weeks later Warner Brothers is going to be releasing probably the biggest film of the year and the most anticipated for everyone else; The Dark Knight Rises. Christopher Nolan‘s epic final conclusion to the Batman saga starring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway and Marion Cotillard. I was worried like most people after The Dark Knight came out and a sequel was announced. I thought for sure that there would be no way Nolan could top the film, but from the looks of it he just might have. The Dark Knight Rises increases the scope to a global level and looks like it’s going to give Bruce Wayne a fight for his life. Tom Hardy’s Bane looks almost as memorable as Heath Ledger‘s Joker. Summer can’t come soon enough!
The Dark Knight Rises opens up in theaters and IMAX on July 20th, 2012.
The last film of the year that I’m looking forward to is also a film that I know very little about. 007: Skyfall is Daniel Craig‘s return to the series after the letdown that was Quantum of Solace. This time Sam Mendes is in the director’s chair and Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardeem and Helen McCrory join the cast. I know nothing about the plot, but I trust Sam Mendes and I trust Daniel Craig. I think pairing the two together might just make for the best Bond film yet.
Skyfall is scheduled to be released on November 9th, 2012.
I know what you’re thinking and don’t worry I haven’t forgotten about a few other films, I just don’t really consider them most anticipated material. There are four more movies that I do want to see, but I’m not really looking forward to them due to the footage and information that’s so far been released. Here’s a quick overview of them.
The Avengers – Marvel’s all-star film that they’ve been working towards for a few years now. So far every trailer and clip released makes the film look a little too packed. I liked Thor and The Incredible Hulk, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of either Iron Man films or Captain America. I think as a team they’ll do better and I also love the cast, but I have a feeling the film will fall under its own weight.
The Avengers opens on May 4th, 2012.
The Bourne Legacy – A Bourne film without Matt Damon starring or Paul Greengrass directing sounds like trouble to me, but Jeremy Renner is attached. It could either be a complete waste or a revive of a series that’s been in hibernation for a few years.
The Bourne Legacy opens on August 3rd, 2012.
The Expendables 2 – This time Stallone isn’t directing and Simon West is. There’s also the addition of Chuck Norris, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, more Schwarzenegger, more Willis and hopefully more action. The first film was painfully tame when compared to Stallone’s previous Rambo film and I hope they understand what we want this time around. I don’t give two shits about the crumby dialogue or attempted humor; I just want tons of violence!
The Expendables 2 opens on August 17th, 2012.
The last film is Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I was never a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings, but I did enjoy all of the films. I’ve never read the source material and I never want to. The Hobbit doesn’t look as promising, but that’s probably because I know nothing about the source material. I’ll see it for Jackson’s decision to film at 48 frames per second and I’ll see it for hopefully good performances by Andy Serkis and the crew, but the first trailer left me feeling cold.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens on December 14th, 2012.
That just about does it for my most anticipated films of 2012. There’s a few that I almost listed, but realized I’m not really all that excited for. 2012 is already looking like a strong year for blockbusters, but we’ve been fooled before. Quality is what matters in the end and I’m sure there will be a string of no name films to take us by surprise later this year.
What do you think of my list? Any films on there that you’re looking forward to? Any films that I missed that are big players on your list? Please drop a comment below with your opinions.