Collider’s 15 Most Anticipated Blockbusters of 2012

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As 2011 comes to a close, it’s time to look forward to the movies set to open in 2012. While many are busy compiling their Top 10 lists from 2011, we thought it’d be a good time to run down the list of our 15 most anticipated blockbusters of the coming year. Will The Avengers deliver as the culmination of four years worth of Marvel movies? Just how much of a prequel to Alien is Prometheus? Will The Dark Knight Rises be the greatest movie ever made in the history of movies and awesomeness? There are a lot of unknowns, and we’ve learned that sometimes the best behind-the-scenes talent can still make a stinker (Cowboys & Aliens), but we’re hoping for more than a few pleasant surprises (a la X-Men: First Class) to appease us in 2012. Hit the jump to check out our list.

*Note: For the sake of this article, a “blockbuster” is considered a large-scale, big budget event film. Movies are listed in order of release.

JOHN CARTER

Director: Andrew Stanton

Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, and Thomas Hayden Church

Release Date: March 9th, 2012 (3D)

Why We’re Excited About It: A feature film adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs sci-fi collection John Carter of Mars has been in development for a very, very long time. Wall-E director Andrew Stanton is finally the one to bring the story to life, and while the initial teaser trailer did little to impress, the subsequent marketing materials (including the full-length trailer) have inspired much more faith in the project. The setting is vast, the effects are notable, and the sci-fi is on full display. Stanton’s work at Pixar is extraordinary, so here’s hoping he delivers on his live-action debut.

THE HUNGER GAMES

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Director: Gary Ross

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz, and Donald Sutherland

Release Date: March 23rd, 2012

Why We’re Excited About It: If you’ve read the books, you know that Suzanne CollinsHunger Games universe is ripe for a feature film adaptation. It’s epic in scope, has multiple thrilling and unique action set-pieces, and centers on teenagers fighting each other to death with a hodgepodge of weapons/modes of murdering at their disposal. Judging from the full-length trailer, it looks like director Gary Ross has the tone down pat, but Lionsgate is keeping the second and third act close to the vest (ie. the killing, running, and fighting). Hopefully the film takes what made the books so damn addictive—intriguing characters and a twisty plot—and expands upon them, giving us an all-out dystopian adventure.

THE AVENGERS

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Director: Joss Whedon

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, and Mark Ruffalo

Release Date: May 4th, 2012 (3D)

Why We’re Excited About It: The road that began with 2008’s Iron Man comes to a turning point here with the superhero movie to end all superhero movies. As if bringing together Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and Hulk wasn’t enough, Marvel nabbed “God of Nerds” Joss Whedon to write and direct the pic. While everyone’s definitely looking forward to seeing Tony Stark trade jabs with Steve Rogers, The Avengers also provides a look into the future as it sets up “Phase 2” of Marvel’s development slate (which will presumably culminate with The Avengers 2).

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

Director: Rupert Sanders

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, Noah Huntley, Nick Frost, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan and Steven Graham

Release Date: June 1st, 2012

Why We’re Excited About It: While the idea of two Snow White movies wasn’t exactly the most appetizing thought, the first trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman was kind of badass. In his feature film debut, the first look at Rupert Sanders’ iteration of the classic story definitely took a lot of people by surprise; it’s much more Lord of the Rings than Alice in Wonderland. Charlize Theron is a delight any time she gets a meaty character to chew on, and she appears to be in fine form here as the Evil Queen. We haven’t seen much from Kristen Stewart yet, but turning Snow White into a sort of reluctant warrior is definitely an interesting direction. Sanders’ visuals are epic in scope, and I’m enticed to find out if this ambitious fairy tale delivers.

PROMETHEUS

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Director: Ridley Scott

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, and Guy Pearce

Release Date: June 8th, 2012 (3D)

Why We’re Excited About It: This maybe-probably prequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien marks a much-welcomed return to the sci-fi genre for the director. Judging by the footage seen so far, it appears that he’s returning to the horror tone that he so expertly pulled off with the 1979 pic. The cast is pretty great, with Michael Fassbender—a damn fine actor and everyone’s current obsession—playing an android and Noomi Rapace set as the lead. We still know very little plotwise, but given its connection to Alien and the fact that Scott is tackling sci-fi once more, I’m incredibly eager to check this one out.

BRAVE

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Director: Mark Andrews

Cast: The voices of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane, and Julie Walters

Release Date: June 22nd, 2012 (3D)

Why We’re Excited About It: It’s safe to say many have been eagerly awaiting Brave ever since the project was first announced (our anticipation grew more intense as we realized we first had to sit through Cars 2). Besides the fact that the film comes from the nearly always on fire hit factory that is Pixar, Brave is a picturesque fairy tale set in the Scottish highlands. The visuals look stunning, and the movie marks the studio’s first film with a female protagonist. Fantasy is a new avenue for Pixar, and I couldn’t think of a genre better suited for the expert storytellers to take on.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

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Director: Marc Webb

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field

Release Date: July 3rd, 2012 (3D)

Why We’re Excited About It: All eyes are on Marc Webb’s reboot to see how it sets itself apart from Sam Raimi’s previous three films in the Spider-Man franchise. It looks as though we’re getting the origin story again, but Webb has a keen eye for visuals and he’s assembled an intriguing and fresh cast. Garfield has dramatic chops, and Stone is endlessly charming, so hopes are high on this one. We still haven’t seen too much in the way of footage, but I’m interested to see what direction Webb takes the Spider-Man story.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

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Director: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, and Marion Cotillard

Release Date: July 20th, 2012

Why We’re Excited About It: This one’s pretty much a no-brainer. With Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan ushered in the era of “gritty” superhero movies. No such imitators have come close to the earnestness that the director displayed with The Dark Knight, and Rises brings the epic saga to an end. Will Bane beat the living hell out of Batman? Can Catwoman really fit into Nolan’s reality-grounded universe? All will (hopefully) be answered come next July, and I’m already anxiously counting down the days.

THE BOURNE LEGACY

Director: Tony Gilroy

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Oscar Isaac, Scott Glenn, and Stacy Keach

Release Date: August 3rd, 2012

Why We’re Excited About It: While I’d have loved to see Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass return for another installment in one of the most consistently great franchises in recent memory, this “reboot” has become increasingly interesting. Set within the same universe as the previous Bourne films but lacking the character of Jason Bourne, screenwriter Tony Gilroy takes over the helm with Jeremy Renner in the starring role. Gilroy is the credited writer on the first three Bourne’s, and his directorial resume (Michael Clayton) gives faith that he’s crafted another enthralling pic. Renner’s a great choice in Damon’s wake, and Edward Norton makes for a fascinating choice as the villain, so I’m hopeful Gilroy can take this franchise in a different yet equally engaging direction.

GANGSTER SQUAD

Director: Ruben Fleischer

Cast: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Michael Pena, Nick Nolte, Anthony Mackie, and Giovanni Ribisi

Release Date: October 19th, 2012

Why We’re Excited About It: This 1940s crime thriller marks the first big-budget project for Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer, and boy is he going all out. Besides a super cool premise—back from WWII, a cop assembles a task force to take down Los Angeles gangster Mickey Cohen—the film boasts an outstanding ensemble that sees Josh Brolin squaring off against Sean Penn (who plays Cohen). Fleischer has a knack for interesting action, so I’m antsy to see how he takes on this large-scale period piece.

SKYFALL

Director: Sam Mendes

Cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw

Release Date: November 9th, 2012

Why We’re Excited About It: While Quantum of Solace took a bit of the wind out the “Bond rejuvenation” sails that kicked off with Casino Royale, Skyfall has all the right ingredients to get the series back on track. Generally known for his weighty dramatic material, Mendes should bring some fresh perspective to Bond, and he’s rounded up one of the more impressive supporting casts: Javier Bardem steps into another villainous role, and Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney are set to appear. Bardem is particularly exciting, as it’s hard to think of many I’d rather see as a Bond villain than the No Country for Old Men star.

GRAVITY

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Director: Alfonso Cuaron

Cast: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney

Release Date: November 21st, 2012 (3D)

Why We’re Excited About It: The rumors about this project have become almost mythic. There are whispers of a 20-minute opening shot, never-before-seen visual effects, and groundbreaking 3D. What we know for sure is that Sandra Bullock plays an astronaut stranded in space, and she occupies most of the screentime completely alone. If Alfonso Cuaron wasn’t directing, this would still be an intriguing project, but this is his first film since Children of Men and I utterly cannot wait to see what he has in store. My mind is fully prepared to be blown.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

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Director: Peter Jackson

Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, James Nesbitt, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, and Andy Serkis

Release Date: December 14th, 2012 (3D)

Why We’re Excited About It: Years in the making, this adaptation has definitely had its ups and downs. While I was sad to see Guillermo del Toro leave the director’s chair, the only reasonable replacement had to be Peter Jackson. The Lord of the Rings films are beloved by many, and The Hobbit offers us an opportunity to return to Middle Earth and visit our old friends once again (as well as a healthy amount of new ones). The recent trailer suggests the movie is everything we’d hoped it’d be, and Jackson is filming the two-part adaptation in 3D at 48 frames per second, which ensures that The Hobbit will be an intense visual treat.

DJANGO UNCHAINED

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Director: Quentin Tarantino

Cast: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Don Johnson, Sacha Baron Cohen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Release Date: December 25th, 2012

Why We’re Excited About It: I’m always thrilled for a new Quentin Tarantino film, but the writer-director has assembled himself one hell of a cast for his Spaghetti Western. How exactly Tarantino plans on approaching the prickly issue of slavery is a big question mark, but I’m intrigued to see how QT transports his signature touch to the 1800s. Even more enticing is the thought of the immensely talented Leonardo DiCaprio disappearing into his role as an evil plantation owner (is it too much to hope for a Colonel Sanders-esque goatee?).

LES MISERABLES

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Director: Tom Hooper

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Eddie Redmayne

Release Date: December 25th, 2012

Why We’re Excited About It: Director Tom Hooper made waves with last year’s The King’s Speech, for which he won the Best Director Oscar. So how does one follow up a small period piece about the King of England? With a large-scale movie musical of course. Les Miserables certainly fits into Hooper’s wheelhouse (he also directed the HBO miniseries John Adams), and he’s assembled an incredible cast for the adaptation. Hugh Jackman is a Broadway veteran and can charm the pants off of just about anyone, so he seems a swell choice for protagonist Jean Valjean. Then we’ve got Russell Crowe as the nefarious Javert, set to go toe-to-toe with Jackman. There are still a few roles yet to be cast, but Hooper’s visual taste for period work paired with the actors cast thus far should prove for an adaptation that’s equal parts gorgeous and entertaining.




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  • Matthew

    Pretty good list. I guess I agree except for John Carter.

  • Robert

    You left off what will possibly be Daniel Day-Lewis’ best performance in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln… You also left off Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film starring PSH, Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix…

    The Avengers? Spiderman? Snow White? Terrible list.

    • youarestupid

      Hey read the article title again jackass. This is the most anticipated blockbusters. This includes the summer films and big names throughout the year that will make a lot of money. The avengers and spiderman are the definition of a blockbuster movie. The list you are thinking of is just be the most anticipated films…

      • Robert

        Your cock in my mouth?

      • jdsmoothe

        lmao that was the worst comeback ever. while it would still be dumb, “my cock in your mouth” would have been better suited as an insult. “your cock in my mouth” is not an insult to anyone except yourself.

      • Jake

        FAIL.

      • Robert

        I praised that exactly the way I want to.

        I need his junk in my mouth… or at the very least in my ass.

      • Robert

        *phrased*

        I can’t spell and I need cock in my mouth/ass.

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  • excpired

    So how are they going to make The Hunger Games not rated R? I mean, how do you show a bunch of kids murdering each other in gruesome ways without it being rated r…

    Basically going to be a joke, this movie was already made more than a decade ago, and it was done right.

    • Ruprect

      The Dark Knight had the Joker killing a guy by embedding a pencil in his skull, by slicing another dudes face open and burning another guy to death on a big pile of money. Multiple people got shot in very gritty fashion. There was also a guy who had half of his head burned off … on screen. TDK was not rated R.

      A skilled film making team will find a way to deliver those visceral thrills without resorting to gore.

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  • felliniboy

    my, and this is JUST “Hollywood Blockbuster” films.

    what about the dramas that are event for cinephiles.

    PTA has a film with two of the most intense actors as his lead.

    Spielberg gets to finally do his long developed LINCOLN, but now with FREAKIN DDL in the lead. with Neeson previously attached as Lincoln, i was more of a “I’m-not-really-excited-to-see-this-but-i’ll-catch-it-come-award-season”. but now, HOLY S***, i wanna see DDL act!

    Wes Anderson also has a film. A PERIOD FILM. where he could go just crazy with the production design. Imagine the look of this film. plus, Anderson regular Bill Murray starring alongside Anderson newcomers Ed Norton and Harvey Keitel.

    Andrew Dominick follows up the western masterpiece JESSE JAMES again with Brad in the lead. that photo of brad with a shotgun was just “bad-ass”.

    Woody Allen following up his biggest hit. with a stellar cast, and HIS RETURN TO ACTING. the real intriguing thing about this movie is is there a possibility that Allen will be back on his late 70s to 80s form of churning out back to back to back great films.

    and this is just films from the ALREADY celebrated filmmakers. what about “surprises” from not yet established filmmakers? exciting!

    2012 can be the “70s” of this decade in terms of films.

    • jboy45

      Speaking of Cogan’s Trade…is there any details on when it is going to be released? There has been no update on IMDB for that movie in a long time. The only thing we got was a picture of Brad Pitt as Jackie Cogan holding a shotgun (which infact, was pretty badass). Although it isnt a blockbuster, I agree with you that Andrew Dominik probably made one hell of a movie with Cogan’s Trade.

  • felliniboy

    AND WE MIGHT HAVE A NEW MALICK FILM!

    and a new Ben Afleck film that’s set in the middle east.

    oh and it just occured to me, when THR or That other news magazine have one of those Oscar roundtable. they may have:

    PTA
    Nolan
    Tarantino
    Spielberg
    Cuaron

    yeah! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!!!

    • Old Soldier

      Yes more Malik!

      I need the sleep.

      • Michael Horne

        Amen to the comment about Malik and sleep. Made me smile :-)

  • Guy

    John Carter is adapted from A Princess of Mars. Hence it’s identity crisis with the title it went through.

  • Ringbearer1420

    Would be a better list if they were in order, gives perspective.

  • Sugreev2001

    I’d include Jack the Giant Killer,The Woman in Black,The Dictator,World War Z,Expendables 2 and The Great Gatsby on my list.

  • Carson Dyle

    The King’s Speech was Tom Hooper’s third film, not his debut.

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  • João Paulo

    I love the list.I’d include The World War Z, Lincoln: The Vampire Hunter, Expendables 2, The Great Gasby, Lincoln, Breaking Dawn Part 2, Jack The Giant Killer and also Wrath of the Titans.

  • dudebaides

    Add: The Great Gatsby, Argo, The Place Beyond The Pines, Untitled Malick Picture (if it gets done), Haywire, Total Recall, World War Z, The Five-Year Engagement, The Dictator, Frankenweenie, Nero Fiddled, Cogan’s Trade, On The Road, Ted, The Apocalypse

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  • Dane

    Will The Dark Knight Rises be the greatest movie ever made in the history of movies and awesomeness?
    ———————

    Even as a joke, that’s not funny. It’s pretty clear you’re one of those “new” Batman fans who cream their pants every time there’s news about the new flick. But seriously, get a grip.

    People like you, Adam, are the main reason why so many folks are making fun of the Nolan/Batman fanboys – fanboys who truly have the worst reputation since the evolution of them crazy Star Wars geeks.

    So calm down and relax. Be excited for the movie, but don’t act like it’s something special. It’s simply one of the many, many movies that are coming out in 2012. That’s all.

    • Ruprect

      I am amazed you can even see the keyboard while looking down your nose like that from on top of your high horse. Perhaps the cloud of self-congradulatory farts you obviously have billowing around you makes it easier for you to see.

      Whatever the case, your first sentence reveals that you KNEW that he was joking. That makes the rest of what you said a sad attempt at making yourself appear “above it all”. The sure sign of a middling intellect trying to punch above his IQ. You failed at that but did manage, on a site where the vast majority are seriously stoked about TDKR, to make yourself look like an arrogant, narcissistic wet-splat of a douche-troll.

      Congrats.

      • colin

        ^ that

      • Dane

        Congrats on clearly missing the point of my post. And congrats on not addressing what I said. It is a FACT, pure fact, that the Nolan/Batman fanboys have the worst reputation both in and outside the internet. We all know that’s true and that’s why you didn’t say anything about it.

        It is a fact that comments like the one made in this article are the main reason for these fans to be treated like teenagers who can’t get their heads out of Nolan’s a$$ – a director they didn’t care about before he made the first Batman flick.

        And the point of my post was to try to show that these types of comments (“TDKR will be da greatest thing ever. Da best film evaa made!!!”), jokes or not, are making the fans of Batman, all of them, look bad.

        And last, but no least: I AM a fan of Batman, I like the Tim Burton movies and I also like the Nolan movies. But I got my head on my shoulders and I sure as hell don’t act like the next Batman film will be the greatest thing ever. It will be a successful summer popcorn movie that (hopefully) a lot of people will enjoy and probably later buy on DVD or Blu-ray. And that’s the best case scenario. Now, whether it’s a good or bad movie, that’s completely subjective and every person will decide for him/herself.

        What I’m saying is: don’t fly too high and don’t praise a movie just for the heck of it and simply because there are people on the internet who agree with you. Internet is a small village compared to the real world, and if one of those hardcore Batman fans start saying in public, among other more serious film fans, that the Batman films are the best ever (and I’ve seen fans who think that way), people will simpy laugh at him.

        That’s the reality. So I’m saying it to all those fans again: calm down with the blind Batman praise. It’s for your own good.

      • Jay McKells

        You sound more like a fan of the Schumacher Batman homegirl. Gay.

      • Ruprect, you are awesome.

      • Ruprect, you are awesome.

      • Agreed with Ruprect.

      • Brett

        Well said, Ruprect! :)

      • JVizzle

        Dane “No One Is A Better Batman Fan Than Me” Johnson.
        I hate freaks like you. No one appointed you Chief of Batman Movie Fan Police,
        Even if the dude WASN’T joking, who gives a shit? If he thinks the movie will be great, or the best thing ever, more power to him. If he JUST likes Christopher Nolan Batman films…so what. If he is a Nolan fan boy (which he has every right to be) then right on.
        No one has to justify their opinion or statements to you, fartbag.
        And that’s what your, for lack of a better term, retarded rant about how excited someone should be for a movie IS:
        Just another opinion.
        The only difference is between his opinion and your opinion is his wasn’t pretentious..
        I wish Bane would break you.

    • Dane

      Jay McKells, you sure showed me with that one sentence! You’re good….you can really make a valid point.

      Oh wait, what am I saying….you’re just another random internet moron who posts idiotic things and thinks he’s COoOoOl. Do the world a favor and post only when you have something meaningful to say. Until then, stay in your mom’s basement, away from that PC, and don’t go out. Mmmkay?

      • Brett

        Dane, why is it that you get to dictate how the rest of us enjoy films? Oh yeah, because you’re a self-righteous prick. And the fact that you’re so worried about your bat-reputation proves just how much of a douchebag you really are. I won’t debate with you the quality of Nolan’s previous installments in this series. Those of us whose heads aren’t firmly stuffed up our own asses know that TDK was a bit more than a ‘summer popcorn movie’.

        And by the way, I was a big fan of the Nolan boys ever since I saw Memento, which was well before Batman Begins, dickhead.

      • Dane

        Brett (Ratner), don’t get all butthurt on me now. Please, you’re going to make me cry. You can do better than that.

        And yes, in YOUR opinion, I guess I am a self-righteous prick….just like in MY opinion you’re one of those annoying blind fanboys who actually believe that TDK is the greatest movie ever made.

        Btw, good for you for enjoying Nolan’s movies before the Batman films. Stilll….that doesn’t mean you’re not a delusional and ignorant “new” Batman fan with his head locked up in Nolan’s a$$. Free piece of advice, pal: go out, try to see the big picture and try to be a little bit more objective in your posts. Btw, you didn’t say anything about these worthless Batman fanboys and their idiotic comments, who make the rest of us, the serious and more grounded fans, look bad in the eyes of the normal folks.

        That was the whole point of this debate, you tool. So thank you for completely ignoring it.

      • Brett

        Umm, i saw Tim Burton’s Batman in the theater in 1989, so I think that would soundly disqualify me as a ‘new’ Batman fan. So in summary:

        I am a longtime Batman fan.
        I am a longtime Chris/Jon Nolan fan.
        I have thoroughly enjoyed the Nolan’s previous entries in the Batman franchise.

        Based on these facts, I think that i can reasonably expect TDKR to be a good film, or at least a film that I will likely enjoy. If this does not meet your stringent standards for how a Batman fan should behave, 1000 apologies O holy one.

        As to the ‘idiotic’ comments of other ‘fanboys’ and how ‘normal’ folks perceive them, quite frankly, i don’t give a shit. I’m getting the distinct impression that you are the one who has some kind of unhealthy hangup about your perception of how others view your feelings about these films. Not to mention that you further feel the need to preach to others about how THEY should feel about them. Why do you care? Why WOULD you care? Who is the more pathetic soul? The one obsessed with the films, or the one obsessed with the obsessed? I have a bit of advice for you as well, pal. Get a life so you can micro-manage it, rather than trying to micro-manage other people’s.

    • Thomas

      It wasn’t that he missed the point, he just looked at you as a person. You do give yourself an impression of being higher than anyone else and you are completely wrong about the people that prefer Nolan’s Batman. Nolan has never made a bad movie. They may not have been great. But never bad. I am one of his fans. And to make yourself try to look more intelligent and higher you made yourself look foolish as he only had come out with three actual films prior to Batman Begins that weren’t that big of movies to begin with. Following is the only movie of his I haven’t seen. And I didn’t go back and watch Insomnia after Batman Begins. I had seen it prior. In fact own the movie prior. Nolan did reboot the killed Batman franchise and just because you don’t appreciate what he did for Batman doesn’t mean that everyone else that does is a teenager. As for the person who wrote the article, it was obviously a joke and for you to pick out one irrelevant thing out of the article to nitpick on does make you out to look like a troll. Aside from his Batman films, The Prestige was probably his best film. So for you to make a comment about the people that appreciate what Nolan did for Batman and classify them as teenage fanboys was arrogant and childish. So before you make such an asinine comment on public boards and try to condemn someone else for calling you out on it, you might want to actually know what the hell you are talking about.

    • Thomas

      By the way I have been a Batman fan from as far back as I can remember. I have had discussions with friends and family about the future of the Batman franchise even after Nolan finishes his vision.

      I would love to see

      Colin Farrell take on the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne
      Edward Norton or David Hyde Pierce take on the role of the Riddler
      Ryan Phillippe take on the role of Harvey Dent/Two-Face
      Kate Beckinsale take on Catwoman
      IT has been rumored that Ryan Gosling may be up to play batman in the new franchise but I would much rather seen him take on the Joker. I have wanted this ever since I saw him in Murder By Numbers.

  • darrin

    looper will win box office overall, trust in JGL

    • Sam

      I wouldnt get that excited, JGL is awsome bu isnt a household name yet

  • Tim

    This list plus the comments reminded me of how many amazing movies are coming out in 2012! Wow… I am going to go broke.

  • Mr.Rich316

    Shouldn’t Battleship be on this list? (Not that its really anticipated, but it is large scale,big budget).

  • CanIHaveASlice?

    The Hobbit is by far my most anticipated film of 2012. The Avengers, Prometheus and Django are all getting me giddy as well. I’ve never heard of Gravity until now, but I love me some Alfonso Cuaron. Can’t wait for the season to begin!

    • felliniboy

      CanIHaveASlice? – do some research and backreading on Gravity’s IMDB news page. trust me, you’ll go crazy shit excited on the movie. it involves Del Toro visiting the set, Cuaron consulting with Jim Cameron and David Fincher, Cameron advising that what they’re trying to do can’t be done yet at the moment, and Del Toro saying —– “They did it”.

      you’ll also see words that are “Kubrickian” many times. oh and Bullock being completely speechless when asked about the film.

      • CanIHaveASlice?

        felliniboy-HEY. Listen to me. I read up on Gravity and I did all of those things.

  • DiscoViolenza

    A good batch of movies for film fans to be excited about especially after the previous lackluster summer. There is something for everyone to be happy about.

  • Elmur

    The only blockbuster I’m curious about is Cloud Atlas, the source material sounds like unbearable crap, but it could be such a beautiful flop.

    • DiscoGodfather

      You’re spot on. The book “Cloud Atlas” (at least the part I actually suffered through) was meandering, pretentious bullshit. But I’m sure it’ll look glorious.

  • Promoshaw

    If a blockbuster is considered a “large-scale, big budget event film”, then why is Django Unchained on this list and Battleship and Wrath of the Titans are not?

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  • john

    My Personal Top 7 films I want to see in 2012:

    1. The Hobbit
    2. John Carter
    3. Spiderman
    4. Phantom Menace in 3d
    5. Dark Knight Rises
    6. Django
    7. Gravity

    • Liam_H

      Phantom Menace in 3D? Seems to be just another cash grab by Lucas. It’ll still be bad no matter what format it is in unless you believe the prequels are good movies.

  • Conrado Dittrich

    And Resident Evil: Retribution and Underworld: Awakening???
    I’m very anxious to see these movies… =)

  • Darth Vader

    lol where is Twilight Shit ???

  • Michael Horne

    For what it’s worth, I’m going to say Merry Christmas!
    Next year, perhaps the people who read this site will actually be constructive and not slag off the writers of the articles that make them get involved.

    Anyway, I’d say the list is just about right. Most anticipated? Yep, I’d say all those were, except for perhaps John Carter, simply because it’s based on a non-mainstream, not well respected and not well-known novel.

    I will admit, I’d not heard of Gravity, but with that cast and director, it’s sure to be a sleeper hit that takes everyone by surprise.

    • john

      May not be well know, but John Carter books are well respected, and actually much of what is now sci-fi is based from it. Influential on writers like Ray Bradbury, Robert Howard, and Robert Heinlein. Ideas have been lifted for characters like Superman, Flash Gordon, Avatar, etc.

  • Juh

    SWATH =)

  • Dane

    IF THE DARK KNIGHT ENDS GOOD, IT CAN BE UP THERE WIT STAR WARS & lORD OF THE RINGS, AS A TRILOGY

  • judy

    cannot wait for John Carter. Looks amazing

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  • Lance

    World War Z definitely needs to be on this list.

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  • droopy

    yes gravity is one of the most anticipated movies of 2012, but a blockbuster? surely not…

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