Superhero Movies - Top 12 Stories of 2012

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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?

Before I talk about 2012, I wanted to thank everyone who took a minute out of their day to visit this blog last year. I truly appreciate your support, and, as always, welcome your feedback in the comments, on my contact page, or through good ol' email.

You can always reach me at -   admin at capesonfilm dot com 

Have a Happy New Year and best wishes in 2013! 

About My Top 12 List

There 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 2012

12. 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.)

Did something strike you as a particularly momentous superhero movie event in 2012? Hit me up here or on Google +.

Three Fan-made Superhero Videos You Probably Missed

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First of all, Happy Holidays everybody, and if you celebrate Christmas, I hope you find a Dark Knight Trilogy Blu-ray box set under your tree. Since 'tis the season to be merry and bright and all that, I just wanted to share some fun stuff I saw this week. I found  three videos that all have a common theme - they spoof superhero movie trailers in one way or another. I have to admit, sometimes these trailers can be way too solemn, so a healthy dose of satire can be a good thing. Kinda restores the balance, ya know?

First up is a short clip that imagines the opening credits of Iron Man 3 as a 1980s TV sitcom. It's amazing how a little change in the background music gives these IM3 scenes a different feel. Kudos to Jeremy Hawkins on a slick editing job.

Next is an impressive bit of home-made videography by The video is a shot-for-shot remake of the Man of Steel trailer, and it's definitely worth checking out if you haven't seen it. What's remarkable to me is the short length of time it took Dust Films to make this trailer. The real Man of Steel trailer was released on December 11, and this version was posted on December 20. These guys must've worked their asses off for a week to get this video made so fast. Of course, stuff like this is done for laughs, and it has several LOL shots. I especially got a chuckle out of the Kevin Costner impersonation.

This last video is called Super Cafe - Trailer of Steel, and it's an animation from the guys at and it shows a most unimpressed Batman discussing the Man of Steel trailer with his pal, Superman. The Dark Knight thinks people are really more excited about seeing Christopher Nolan's name on the screen than Supes'. The writing in this clip is great, and it actually points out a few things regarding movie trailers that's spot on. 

So, whaddya think about these three clips? Sound off below, and let me know if you saw any other videos that deserve some love.   

The Usual Suspects Writer Wants to Guide the X-Men Movie Universe

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I just read an interesting article on ScreenRant that'll be of interest to superhero fans, and especially X-Men fans. Kofi Outlaw spoke to the Oscar-winning screenwriter, Christopher McQuarrie, about McQuarrie's ideas for future X-Men movies. Jump to McQuarrie's quote.

To boil down the interview, McQuarrie envisions a series of inter-connected films that would greatly expand and build on the current X-Men movie universe. The only problem is, somebody is already kinda doing just that at Twentieth Century Fox - Mark Millar. Millar was signed by Fox a few months ago to be a "creative consultant" for their superhero movie franchises - X-Men and Fantastic Four.

Anyway, I'm betting McQuarrie would have some awesome ideas about how to tie together Fox's big name superheroes in a cinematic universe.  

Here's a short list of McQuarrie facts -

  • He won an Academy Award in 1995 for "Best Original Screenplay" for The Usual Suspects.
  • He has worked with X-Men:Days of Future Past director, Bryan Singer, on several movies.
  • He directed Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise, which is opening soon.
  • He worked on an early version of the screenplay for The Wolverine, which is opening on July 26, 2013.
Here's what McQuarrie told ScreenRant regarding his plans for an X-Men movie universe -
You know, Bryan and I have talked about it a bunch of times – and in fact, right after I got back from shooting [Jack Reacher] I had a meeting with Tom Rothman – just a general meeting – and I said to Tom, ‘You know what I’d really love to do, is I’d really love to flesh out the X-Men Universe for you. You have this great wealth of these Marvel characters, and the X-Men franchise has only focused on a small handful of them – there’s many more.’
And I thought that it’d be really cool to create a ‘bible’ – you know, a series of outlines of interlocking movies where you could do kind of what they did with ‘The Avengers,’ where you’re creating multiple movies that could come together as one movie here and there. And… you know… I never heard back [laughs]. 
But that would kinda be fun – to do something like that – where you could kind of become the curator for something like that.
How do you feel about McQuarrie's ideas for the X-Men? Since he and Bryan Singer have worked on other movies together, do you think there's any chance they could team-up again? I'm afraid the chances are slim that he'll get his wish to guide the X-Men movies, but it's still cool to wonder what he might've done. Of course, it's too early to say how Millar's vision for Fox's mutant movies will pan out; X-Men: Days of Future Past hasn't even begun filming, and The Wolverine doesn't open for several months. 

Check out the ScreenRant article below -
Oscar-Winning ‘Usual Suspects’ Writer Wants to Build Fox’s X-Men Universe:
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2013 Superhero Movie Calendar

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Can any year top 2012's spectacular superhero movie releases? A few months ago, it seemed like the super trio of The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Amazing Spider-Man could never be equalled, let alone topped, but now I'm not so sure. I think 2013's movie line-up might be just as impressive as last year's. 

2013 Movies

All Superheroes Must Die

Iron Man 3

Man of Steel

The Wolverine

Kick-Ass 2

Thor:The Dark World

There are four major movies on the schedule that boast A-list stars, talented directors, and great early buzz. All four of the flicks - Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, The Wolverine, and Thor: The Dark World, will (by all indications) continue the superhero box office dominance in 2013. The movies also play a critical role in the long-range plans that each studio has in terms of sequels and related projects (more on that below). In 2013, we'll also see the sequel to 2010's controversial, ultra-violent Kick-Ass and its motley crew of masked vigilantes.  

Check out this list of superhero movies and circle those opening dates on your calendar. Opening dates are for the USA.

All Superheroes Must Die

Opening: January 4, 2013

Directed by: Jason Trost

Starring: James Remar, Lucas Till, and Jason Trost

Starting off the new year, All Superheroes Must Die is a low-budget film from Image Entertainment. I don't know much about this flick beyond the synopsis and trailer, but it looks interesting. It's another movie that falls under the "superheroes deconstructed" sub-genre, along with Kick-Ass and Super. It'll have a very limited release in theaters, so look for it on disc.  

Note: The previous title of this film was "Versus".

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Synopsis: Four masked avengers find themselves stripped of their powers by a cruel arch-nemesis they defeated years earlier … or so they thought. When the sinister mastermind puts the heroes through a series of brutal challenges that are virtually impossible to overcome, they must battle the clock – and even each other – in a race to stop a deadly countdown that could mean total destruction. - Image Entertainment 

Iron Man 3

Opening: May 3, 2013

Directed by: Shane Black

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, and Gwyneth Paltrow

Iron Man 3 is a critical movie for Marvel Studios because it'll be the first post-Avengers movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A slip-up by Marvel in terms of quality could damage the huge potential of the sequel to 2012's The Avengers, which is set to arrive in 2015. The movie will also gauge whether or not Marvel can continually wow audiences with new visual effects. The Avengers had so many eye-popping effects, it'll be interesting to see what new, futuristic Stark tech the filmmakers come up with in Iron Man 3.   

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Synopsis: Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? - Disney/Marvel Studios

Man of Steel

Opening date: June 14, 2013

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Starring: Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Amy Adams, and Michael Shannon

Without a doubt, Man of Steel is the most highly anticipated superhero movie of 2013. The movie has a visionary director in Zack Snyder, and boasts a cast with no less than seven actors who either have won an Oscar or have been nominated for one. Oh yeah, and it also has a guy named Christopher Nolan helping to guide the entire project. Warner Bros. has the entire future of their DC Comics movie universe riding on the success or failure of this movie. Plans are already in the works for a Justice League movie, which of course would star Man of Steel's Henry Cavill. If this Superman re-boot isn't a world-wide hit, it would seriously jeopardize those plans.  

Trivia: Man of Steel will open in the same month of the 75th anniversary of Superman's first appearance in comic books - June 1938.
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From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes “Man of Steel,”TM starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Kal-El under the direction of Zack Snyder.

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth.  As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do.  But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

The film also stars four-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (“The Master”), Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”), Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”), Oscar® nominee Diane Lane - via Warner Bros.

The Wolverine

Opening date: July 26, 2013

Directed by: James Mangold

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Jessica Biel

From what I've heard about The Wolverine so far, it sounds like it'll be very different from any other superhero movie. In interviews, director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman have talked about how the action will be unlike anything we've seen in a X-Men film. The Wolverine is also different in that it's a stand-alone story, meaning it has no connection to 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The movie is based on a famous comic book story in which Wolverine travels to Japan and gets involved with a powerful organized crime family. 

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Synopsis: Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before. - 20th Century Fox

Kick-Ass 2

Opening date: August 16, 2013
Directed by: Jeff Wadlow
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Prepare yourself for the bloody sequel to 2010's Kick-Ass - now with even more do-it-yourself superheroes and villains. Aaron Taylor-Johnson returns as Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass, along with 
Chloë Grace Moretz as Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl, and joining the fray this time is Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes. It's safe to say Kick-Ass 2 will be another gore-splattered, F-bomb-filled spectacle that could only come from the mind of comic book writer Mark Millar. This time around, Jeff Wadlow is directing the mayhem - taking over for Matthew Vaughn, who's helming the soon-to-be epic, X-Men: Days of Future Past.  

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Synopsis: Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: ‘Kick-Ass 2.’ After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy.

Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all. - Universal 

Warning - This trailer contains violence and lots, and lots of profanity. 

Thor:The Dark World

Opening date: November 8, 2013

Directed by: Alan Taylor

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, aKat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins

Expect to see a grittier, grungier Asgard than you did in 2011's Thor, thanks to director Alan Taylor, who was also responsible for HBO's Game of Thrones. Most of the cast from Thor will return, including Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin. Like Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World is part of Marvel Studios' Phase 2, which will thunder to a conclusion in 2015's The Avengers 2.
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Synopsis: Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's "Thor" and "Marvel's The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. - Disney/Marvel Studios

Marvel Movie Concept Art

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If you're like me, you've watched the first full trailer for Man of Steel at least a dozen times and are now counting down to the June 14 release of Zack Snyder's epic. Yeah, Superman has stolen the spotlight from Marvel Studios, and I'm sure Tony Stark is not happy to be knocked out of the headlines, even by a flying extraterrestrial. Suddenly, it looks like Marvel has some competition in the superhero movie genre in the form of the Son of Krypton. It's going to be most interesting to see how 2013 plays out, as Warner Bros. and Disney/Marvel simultaneously roll out major cape movies. 

As I watched the Man of Steel trailer, I thought about how far the superhero movie genre has grown since 2008. That was the year Marvel launched Phase One of its Cinematic Universe, with Iron Man and then The Incredible Hulk. Of course, Thor, Iron Man 2, and Captain America: The First Avenger followed, and the rest, as they say, is history.  2012's Marvel's The Avengers accomplished the impossible by featuring all four of the studio's main heroes and breaking box office records in the process. 

Keep reading for more about what made Marvel's movies as great as they were (and will be). 

Man of Steel - First Full Trailer Arrives Online

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Hey Warner Bros., thanks for the early Christmas present! The second official trailer for Man of Steel is online, and it confirms everything I've been hoping to see in this movie. Major kudos to star, Henry Cavill, and director, Zack Snyder, for treating the Superman mythos with the respect it deserves. I feel like Man of Steel is going to combine all the elements necessary for a truly great superhero movie. We saw glimpses of Snyder's vision for his re-telling of Superman's origin in the teaser trailer, but this trailer just adds to the awesomeness. 

What's up with that Weird Poster for the Superman Movie - Man of Steel?

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Kal-El in cuffs?!? What was the Warner Bros. marketing department thinking when it designed the first poster for Man of Steel? Don't get me wrong - I'm totally on board when it comes to director Zack Snyder's re-imagining of the Superman mythos for the 21st century. I want this movie to be totally different than any Superman flick that's been made before, and I liked the trailers that showed a weary, down-to-earth Supes.

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This poster, though...hmm. I've discussed this with some fellow fans, and we came to a consensus - This is an odd way to kick off the year-long run up to the movie's opening. Yeah, I was expecting something dark and serious, but handcuffs? Actually, when I first saw this poster it looked a little strange, but after having a day to think about it, I'm not so sure. Keep reading to see my final verdict on whether or not this poster is a fail, and what it might be telling us about Man of Steel