Wow! I can't believe this is my final post of 2012! It seems like I was just writing about that new movie Marvel was preparing to release in the spring, called The Avengers. Can you believe how many cool superhero-related events happened last year? Will 2012 ever be topped as far as great movie years are concerned?
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About My Top 12 ListThere aren't too many things that actually live up to the hype, except when it comes to 2012 being called the greatest year ever for superhero movies. There can be no doubt that the past year delivered more superhero cinematic action than any other. Not only did we have three major movies that were incredibly important in their own way, we also had big news stories about other movies in the pipeline. Yeah, as expected, The Dark Knight Rises, Marvel's The Avengers, and The Amazing Spider-Man dominated the news, but we were also talking about upcoming flicks like The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Man of Steel.
I decided to look back over my posts from 2012 and compile a Top 12 list of the stories that defined the year in superhero movies. Of course, lists like this one are entirely subjective, so sound off if you think I neglected to mention something important.
Top 12 Superhero Movie Stories of 201212. Warner Bros. Wins Legal Case for Superman Film Rights - Granted, this isn't the most thrilling news of the year, but it had huge ramifications for Warner Bros. and the future of Superman on the big screen.
11. Revealed! Thor: The Dark World - Plot Synopsis - As I write this year-end list, Thor: The Dark World is wrapping up production and is scheduled for a November 8, 2013 opening. This article was the first hint at what we would see in the next chapter of the Son of Odin.
10. Anthony Mackie on Playing First African-American Superhero - Falcon - In September, Marvel Studios announced that Anthony Mackie would portray Sam Wilson (Falcon) in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This was big news because Falcon has a historic place in the Marvel Universe as being the first African-American superhero in Marvel Comics history.
9. X-Men Movie Adds McKellan and Stewart to Cast - X-Men: Days of Future Past is the sequel to 2011's X-Men: First Class, and director Bryan Singer has been using Twitter to welcome new additions to the cast. In November, Singer announced that Sir Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart would be reprising their roles from the first X-Men trilogy.
8. Marvel Studios Announces Its Three Year Schedule - Marvel Studios made headlines at the San Diego Comic Con in July when it gave out details on Phase 2 of its Cinematic Universe. Among the upcoming movies is the first appearance of the little-known Guardians of the Galaxy.
7. Geekdom Rejoices! Joss Whedon to Direct The Avengers 2 - In August, Marvel Studios announced that Joss Whedon had signed a contract to write and direct the sequel to 2012's mega-hit, The Avengers.
6. 'Chronicle' Impresses with Young Cast and Director - Review - Director Josh Trank delivered a new spin on the superhero genre with a cast of relatively unknown actors. While it wasn't a huge spectacle like the year's other superhero movies, Chronicle garnered a lot of praise from fans and critics alike.
5. 'Iron Man 3' Trailer Debuts - In October, Marvel Studios gave us our first look at the next chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the Iron Man 3 trailer. Tony Stark appears to be in a world of hurt, as The Mandarin destroys everything in sight.
4. First Full 'Man of Steel' Trailer Arrives Online - Man of Steel is the most anticipated superhero movie of 2013, and the first full trailer looks most impressive. Director Zack Snyder appears to have delivered an intelligent, sincere interpretation of the Superman mythos.
3. The Amazing Spider-Man Successfully Reboots The Spidey Franchise - When Sony Pictures announced it would reboot the Spider-Man franchise, a lot of fans complained. Despite that early criticism, director Marc Webb delivered a smart, layered movie that won over a lot of the naysayers.
2. The Dark Knight Rises Concludes Christopher Nolans Epic Trilogy - Even though The Dark Knight Rises had its critics, it was possibly the most talked about movie of 2012, in any genre. Along with the other two installments in the Dark Knight Trilogy, TDKR certainly has to rank as one of the greatest superhero movies ever.
1. 'Marvel's The Avengers' Opens and Sets Box Office Records - The Avengers opened to almost universal acclaim and was praised as one of the best superhero movies ever. After five years of anticipation, Marvel finally unites its greatest heroes in one film.
So, there's my quick round-up of 2012's biggest superhero movie stories. I know there were many other news items that could have made this list, but I wanted to keep it at twelve. (Note - I realize the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20, was a major news story, but out of respect for the victims I chose not to list it here.)
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