Superheroes and sequels will have a major and on-going presence on the big screen in 2012. Only a decade after shattering opening weekend box office records, Sony will reboot the Spider-Man franchise with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker in 3D. Nicholas Cage will return as Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance in February. The Marvel superhero team, The Avengers, will introduce themselves to audiences worldwide in early May. The highly anticipated 3D film will crossover the characters from several Marvel superhero films including Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. Christian Bale will reprise his role as Batman/Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, the third installment in the renewed DC Comics franchise and likely the last from Nolan.
Hollywood’s love affair with sequels (and prequels) continues practically every month of the year. During the spring, audiences will see Sam Worthington reprise his role as Perseus for Wrath of the Titans (the sequel to 2010’s Clash of the Titans), as well as see the return of the American Pie gang in American Reunion and more outlandish horror-comedic spoofs in a new Scary Movie. In late May, Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith will revive their poular roles as Agents K and J in Men in Black III, which will be directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, who helmed the first two installments. A secretive project perhaps related to 1979’s Alien, G.I. Joe 2 (with Dwayne Johnson), Step Up 4, The Bourne Legacy (without Matt Damon though), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days and The Expendables 2, will also all be released during the summer months.
The second and final part of The Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, will unspool in November. Meanwhile, animated sequels DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3 and Ice Age: Continental Drift, a fourth installment of the Ice Age franchise, will likely satisfy family audiences.
Here are some trailers for you to feel the sense:
Man on a Ledge (Jan 27)
The Woman in Black (Feb 3)
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (Feb 17)
Underworld: Awakening (Jan 20)
American Pie 4: American Reunion (Apr 6)
The Avengers (May 4)
Battleship (May 18)
The Amazing Spider-Man (Jul 3)
The Dark Knight Rises (Jul 20)