5. Green Lantern

Release Date: June 17, 2011
Director: Martin Campbell
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Martin Campbell is tasked with helming the big budget introduction of the lesser known DC Superhero, Green Lantern, played by Ryan Reynolds. Despite mixed reaction to its first trailer and a lot of questions surrounding the decision to go with a CGI costume, we’re still very excited at what DCE, Warner Bros., cast and crew can bring to the table in this superhero space opera.

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!

4. Battle: Los Angeles

Release Date: March 11, 2011
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Studio: Columbia Pictures

With brilliant marketing, incredible trailers and an epic introduction at San Diego Comic-Con last summer, Battle: Los Angeles has easily positioned itself as the leader of the recently crowded alien invasion genre. Touted as a mix of Black Hawk Down and District 9, Liebesman exciting war epic stars Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Lucas Till and Cory Hardrict, and we’re thinking it might pack a serious punch.

3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Release Date: July 15, 2011
Director: David Yates
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

It’s almost hard to believe that after all of these years, the adventures of Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) are coming to an end. Easily one of the most anticipated films of the year, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 concludes the adaptation of the final novel in J.K. Rowling’s world famous series and the film franchise as a whole. It should make for a hell of an ending to the long-running movie franchise.

2. Thor

Release Date: May 6, 2011
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Studio: Marvel Studios, distributed by Paramount Pictures

Kicking off the summer season of 2011 is Marvel’s epic introduction of Thor, the God of Thunder. A comic many thought too difficult to adapt into live-action looks to be on the right track with Shakespearean director Kenneth Branagh bringing together some of the industry’s top talent in Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård and more to support the title star, Chris Hemsworth. Taking place both in Asgard and on Earth, expect many special appearances and a lead-in to The Avengers.

1. Captain America: The First Avenger

Release Date: July 22, 2011
Director: Joe Johnston
Studio: Marvel Studios, distributed by Paramount Pictures

While debuting after Thor, Captain America’s origin story takes place some 60 years prior during World War II. Chris Evans plays Steve Rogers opposite Hugo Weaving as the infamous Red Skull in the tale of a less-than-ordinary man becoming a supersoldier and symbol of America during a time of need. We eagerly await the birth of a hero and future leader of The Avengers.

There are many other notable movies that were left out, but we wanted to limit our list to our top 20 – so share your most anticipated movies of 2011 in the comments below and with us on Twitter @rob_keyes and @screenrant.

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