BLOCKBUSTER season is upon us again! As John Carter has already demonstrated, big budgets do not mean big success, so it is no surprise to see established franchises returning yet again and a few potentially dodgy and expensive franchises being launched (hello Battleship!).
Though the success of The Avengers has cast a doubt on whether or not the film of the summer will be the final instalment in Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman saga, The Dark Knight Rises, I’m still holding out hope! Joss Whedon, of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly fame helped write and direct the blockbuster and was no doubt integral to its incredible success.
Featuring a large superhero ensemble (including Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk and more), Whedon certainly delivered a fun and entertaining thrill ride.
Continuing the superhero trend, Spidey makes his return to the big screen this summer in The Amazing Spider Man. The second Marvel offering will see the rebooted Spidey web slinging his way through another origins story.
For animation fans, there will be plenty of fun adventures available, with Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (yes, that is the actual title!) and the latest Pixar release, Brave. No doubt Pixar will have adults and children alike swooning again with another delightful creation.
Sure to make a tonne of money will be the fourth instalment in the Ice Age franchise, Continental Drift, with all the gang returning.
For action heads out there, there will be a vast amount of adrenaline pumping action adventure coming out this summer, with The Bourne Legacy and The Expendables 2 being the picks of the bunch.
Jeremy Renner takes over from Matt Damon in Bourne and no doubt will kick some serious ass and face the awesome Edward Norton who is the films villain.
The Expendables 2 will expand the cameos of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis from the first film, so expect plenty of 80’s awesome on display!
Finally, the film that in my opinion will be the closest challenger to The Dark Knight Rises (perhaps not in financial terms) will be Ridley Scott’s return to science fiction in Prometheus. For the geeks out there, the film will draw on the mythology of his famous 1979 horror masterpiece, Alien, and bring terror to a new generation!
I have of course overlooked a lot of films, so keep your eyes open, because there definitely will be something for everyone this summer!