This summer your local movie theater will be invaded by a horde of tall handsome men with super powers and super abs! This is the Super Summer of Comic Book Super Hero movies. Starting with the release of Thor, in May you can look forward to the men in your lives dragging you to theater to see at least one of these comic book inspired movies. But do not dispair, my fellow chick flicks fans. All is not lost. Even though I can’t tell you the difference between the Green Lantern and the The Green Hornet. I know which one is cuter. Sorry Seth Rogen (The Green Hornet), but Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern) is the “Sexiest Man Alive”.
You can check out the Marvel Avengers: The Ultimate Character Guide to get all the ins and outs of the comic book characters. And as a public service for upcoming date nights, I will preview the Super Summer of Comic Book Super Hero movies and add my usual comments about possible chick flick elements in the storyline.
Director Kenneth Branagh is known more for his dramatic and Shakespearean movies, so I was a bit surprised to see him associated with a comic action movie like Thor. Chris Hemsworth is the man with the hammer. You might remember Chris as George Kirk in the opening scene of Star Trek. Veteran actor Anthony Hopkins plays Odin and Idris Elba is Heimdall, the golden god of Asgard. Also starring Natalie Portman, who must be the hardest working actress in Hollywood. Since Black Swan she is everywhere.
The mighty Thor is a powerful, but arrogant warrior who is banished to Earth where he is forced to live among humans. What must they think of Earth if sending him here is his punishment? Of course, some dangerous villain from his world invades Earth. So it’s a good thing Thor is here to save us.
There are some comic book fans who can tell you all about the epic battle of the gods of Asgard. But for my money, Thor has two hot hunks with rippling muscles who are sure to be shirtless as some point in the movie.
In Theaters: May 6, 2011
Thor Comics: The Mighty Thor
X-Men: First Class
An X-Men movie without Hugh Jackman? Even so, with the Scottish cutie, James McAvoy as a young Charles Xavier and the super sexy Michael Fassbender as the young Erik Lensherr, I don’t mind so much. X-Men: First Class goes back to the days before they were archenemies, when the two men were friends. Other mutants in the class are Mystique, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who will also star as Katniss Everdeen in the upcoming The Hunger Games movie (don’t get me started on that).
Betty Draper aka January Jones is the telepathic, diamond-skinned, Emma Frost. Zoe Kravitz, the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet stars as Angel Salvadore, a mutant with insect wings. That really doesn’t seem like the best mutant power, but it beats being blue. Kevin Bacon is Dr. Shaw, another mutant who can absorb kinetic energy and transform it into raw strength.
The movie takes place in 1963 and from the trailers you can surmise that there is a plotline that involves the mutants helping President John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It is also the time when the mutants start to be persecuted, which correlates with the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. I only mention that, because in my research, I read that Stan Lee created the X-Men as metaphor for social issues like racism, anti-semitism, and other forms of prejudice.
In Theaters: June 3, 2011
X-Men Comics: The Uncanny X-Men
All I know about the Green Lantern comics is there’s a ring and some kind of oath that turns the hottest of Ryan Reynolds into test pilot, Hal Jordan and gives him the superpowers of the intergalactic Green Lantern Corps.
Hopefully the Green Lantern will fare better than the Green Hornet, which totally flopped. Green Lantern is sure to have incredible special effects, evil forces, villains and an epic battle in which Ryan saves the girl (Blake Lively) and at some point….you got it…he takes off his shirt!
In Theaters: June 17, 2011
Green Lantern comics: Green Lantern: Blackest Night
Chris Evans leaves behind The Flash character and The Fantastic Four to become Captain America. As Steve Rogers, Chris plays a wimpy little guy who volunteers for a top-secret research project that turns him into Captain America, the beefed up super hero dedicated to truth, justice and the American way. Oh, wait…that’s Superman and Captain America battles Nazis and other forms of evil.
The trailer shows a scrawny Chris Evans entering a machine and exiting as a fantastically muscled hunk of a man. Where can I get one of these machines?
In Theaters: July 22, 2011
Captain America Comics: Captain America, Vol. 1
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon is not really a comic book series, but more of a toy franchise, Michael Bay brings back Shia LaBeouf in the role of Sam, with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley taking over for Megan Fox and Tyrese Gibson joining the cast as Robert Epps.
In the third installment of the Transformer series, there is a battle between the Autobots or the Cybertbot or the Decepticons which will have lots of explosions, car crashes and over the top special effects.After all, it is a Michael Bay movie. There are some exciting new cast members like John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Patrick Dempsey and Leonard Nimoy is on board as the voice of Sentinel Prime.