Summer Blockbusters: what’s hot this summer

Rocco Vernia

     Christian Bale as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action thriller, “The Dark Knight Rises,” a 2012 Warner Bros. Pictures release.


As usual, this summer sees the release of plenty of new movies from Hollywood.

     Starting earlier than usual, the first real “summer” blockbuster to be released this year was the highly anticipated Marvel’s “The Avengers” which came out on May 4. “The Avengers” is about a team of superheroes comprised of Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Nick Fury. Partially filmed in Cleveland, the film promises to be a solid start to this year’s summer movie season. 

     “The Avengers” aren’t the only Marvel superheroes to get the big screen treatment this year though. On July 3 Spiderman returns in a new reboot. “The Amazing Spiderman,” which is directed by Marc Webb and stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, will bring Spidey new success, gaining new fans and pleasing old ones too by supposedly being much more dark, gritty and realistic than previous movies.

     Following the superhero theme, this summer’s biggest release is the highly anticipated conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises,” which comes out on July 20. Nolan’s last film, “The Dark Knight,” was the 11th highest grossing film of all time and “The Dark Knight Rises” promises to be even bigger, most likely becoming the highest grossing film of the year. 

     While the first Batman movie focused on the Scarecrow and Ra’s al Ghul and the second film focused on the Joker and Twoface, “The Dark Knight Rises” will focus on Catwoman and Bane. Set eight years after Batman took the fall for Harvey Dent’s murder, Batman has to come out of a self-imposed retirement to once again save the inhabitants of Gotham. 

     This summer isn’t just for action movies though. On May 16 Sacha Baron Cohen’s (Borat) newest film, “The Dictator,” will be released. In the movie, Cohen plays the dictator of the fictional Middle Eastern country of Wadiya. In his usual style, Cohen has launched an extensive viral marketing campaign, which included attending the 84th Academy Awards dressed as a dictator and carrying an urn which he said contained the ashes of his doubles tennis partner, Kim Jong-Il. 

     Ten years after the second film of the series, the Men in Black are back in “Men in Black III,” Still starring Will Smith as Agent K and Tommy Lee Jones as Agent J, the film follows K as he goes back in time to 1969 to prevent J’s assassination. The movie comes out on May 25 and is directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, the same director of the first two Men In Black films. 

     One of the most unique movies to be released this year, “Snow White and the Seven Huntsman,” is a twist on the classic fairy-tale. In the original story, Snow White is taken into the woods by a huntsman to be killed. In an unusual twist, “Snow White and the Huntsman” has the huntsman becoming Snow White’s protector, as they set out to vanquish the Evil Queen. Coming out on June 1 and directed by Rupert Sanders, the movie will star Kristen Stewart and Chris Hems worth. 

     However, as unique as the new Snow White may be, the most original movie of the summer is “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” Following the plot of the novel by the same name, the movie portrays Abraham Lincoln’s fictional secret identity as a vampire hunter during the Civil War. Coming out on June 22, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” is going to be one of the most talked about movies of the year, for good or for worse. 


Ron Phillips/Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures/MCT


2012-05-17 09:58:47