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Will 2003 Be The Year Of The Comic Book Movie?

By TK | Trailers | April 1, 2013 | Comments ()


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The coming year has a host of fascinating projects coming out, between a new Terminator movie to, bizarrely, a movie based on a Disney ride (Pirates Of The Caribbean - yeah, that's pretty much gonna crash and burn). There's cheesy Brit-romance (Love, Actually which appears to star every actor ever and looks like everything I hate), horror showdowns (Freddy Vs. Jason), and the conclusion of an epic trilogy (Return of the King).

Yet what intrigues me most is the slate of fantastic-looking movies based on comic books. For once, we're not just getting Superman or Batman or Spider-Man. Hollywood is finally listening, and giving fans the comic book movies that we've been waiting for. Smart, well-made products are being adapted and finally given their due (we hope, anyway), with solid actors and a devotion to the genre. Here's a look at why us comic book geeks have something to be excited about:

February 14th: Daredevil. Starring Ben Affleck, a self-proclaimed avid Daredevil fan, we'll get to see the harsh, gritty adventures of the Man Without Fear. Includes Jennifer Garner, the asskicking heroine of "Alias," as Elektra, Michael Clarke Duncan as The Kingpin, and the x-factor, Colin Farrell as Bullseye (despite looking nothing like the character in the book -- I fear that may be the film's greatest misstep). The trailer pretty much nails the tone of the comic. I have high hopes.

April 16th: Bulletproof Monk. Starring Chow Yun-Fat and Sean William-Scott. Based on a relatively obscure Japanese comic, this one looks pretty interesting. Mixing a combination of patented John Woo-esque gunplay with a supernatural flair, it hopes to capitalize on the growing popularity of Yun-Fat, which William-Scott is still riding the wave of the two American Pie films.

May 2nd: X2: X-Men United. Director Bryan Singer brings back the same cast that made the original so fantastic, as well as some new heavies. The trailers hint at new revelations about Wolverine's background, and while I'm bummed at the departure of Tyler Mane as Sabretooth, I'm pretty intrigued by Alan Cummings' against-type casting as Nightcrawler. This one's got potential.

June 20th: Hulk. This is the one I'm most excited about, as I've been dying to see the Hulk on the big screen. The cast is killer -- Eric Bana, Jennifer Connolly, Sam Elliott and Nick Nolte, and the early Hulk effects (done entirely via CGI) look tremendous. Throw in the unlikely choice of Ang Lee as a director and you have what could potentially be one of the greatest superhero movies to date, something character-based that still brings the noise when it comes to action.

July 11th: The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: I lied. This is the one I'm most excited about. Alan Moore's classic graphic novels getting the big screen treatment? I literally never thought I'd see the day. This looks absolutely tremendous, and it appears to capture some of the darker themes of the comics. The cast is a beast -- Sean Connery as Alan Quatermain, Peta Wilson as Mina Harker (who is weirdly a vampire now?), Stuart Townsend as Dorian Gray, and Jason Flemyng as Jekyll/Hyde? Sign me the fuck up. I'm a little puzzled by some of the decisions -- apparently Tom Sawyer somehow is in this, which seems an annoying add-on. But with Connery as the lead, it feels like there's a chance for true greatness here. I'm basically dizzy with anticipation.

So there you have it, kids. This is the dawn of a new day, when comic book movies get their due and Hollywood finally starts to show the comic book fan some respect. Drink it up, people. Drink that shit up.


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  • This just made me laugh and laugh, and then cry a little bit.

    HULK. With Eric Bana! And Ang Lee! How could it possibly go wrong?

  • jack

    man this site has lame april fools ideas

  • Ed

    The HD-DVD mention in the Hulk trailer cut me deep. I was an early adopter. I chose... poorly.

  • BlackRabbit

    I know it sounds like a "Hollywood" thing, but the director's cut of Daredevil is much better than the theatrical cut. And some of the casting for that film was great. RIP Mr. Duncan.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    What I like most about this is it proves Daredevil was the second best comic book movie of its year.

  • NoPantsMcLane

    Did people actually have any faith in Bulletproof Monk before it came out?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    No. So, like, double April Fool's?

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    These all look way better that over-hyped and under water child in peril mess that Pixar's putting out. Seriously, turtles chirruping in Valley-speak? Is there anything they won't anthropomorphize?

  • psemophile

    LoEG was painful.

  • tamatha_uhmelmahaye

    Ugh. I saw The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen in the theater. After it was over, I remember wondering, what the hell I had just seen. It was unbelievably, shockingly terrible. I want those hours and money back.

  • Tinkerville

    I, for one, am psyched for Daredevil. Love what they seem to be doing with Elektra.

  • googergieger

    Making her a man?

  • Loanhighknight

    I too expect great things out of League of Extraordinary Gentleman. The first two Lord of the Rings movies were really epic--so for Sean Connery to have passed on that series in lieu of LoEG, he must know how great that movie is going to be. Is there any talk of a sequel to it yet?

  • Pajiba was really positive about things back in the day. Hollywood has jaded them...

  • Ted Zancha

    I wonder if The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was the film that actually broke TK. Because that lead in to that trailer is quite sad.

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