Our 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

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Screen Rant's 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 2011 had its share of disappointing movies, but among the good we had our favorites and it's not dampening our spirits as we look forward to 2012 - where again, there are more major films releasing than there are weeks in the year. From comic book, sci-fi and fantasy epics, to prequels, sequels and reboots, many of film's iconic characters and actors make their way to the big screen again this year, and have earned their place among Screen Rant's most anticipated movies of 2012.

20. Jack the Giant Killer

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - Jack the Giant Killer Release Date: June 15, 2012 Director: Bryan Singer Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor Bill Nighy, Stanley Tucci, Eleanor Tomlinson The first Jack the Giant Killer trailer showcases an epic fantasy adventure based on the classic fairy tale, in which Jack (Hoult) unwittingly grows a beanstalk to the land of the vengeful Giants, where he must venture to rescue a princess (Tomlinson). With Singer at the helm for his first go at the fantasy genre, and a strong cast in his hands, it's hard not to find intrigue in the movie that pulled him out of directing X-Men: First Class.

19. G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - G.I. Joe 2: RetaliationRelease Date: June 29, 2012 Director: Jon M. Chu Cast: Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Ray Park, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Bruce Willis, Ray Stevenson A director change, combined with a clean-sweep of the cast from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, gives Paramount Pictures what amounts to a quasi-reboot of the action-packed franchise based on the popular Hasbro toy line. With Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson taking the spotlight and a clear emphasis on grittier, harsher action, we hope Retaliation improves on the good parts of its predecessor. The sequel follows the remaining Joes working off the grid to overthrow Cobra Commander and his plans of world domination.

18. Wettest County

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - Wettest CountyRelease Date: August 31, 2012 Director: John Hillcoat Cast: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska The man behind the adaptation of  author Cormac McCarthy's bestselling novel The Road  heads to the Old West with an all-star cast for Wettest County, a crime-thriller about three brothers and their bootlegging gang  forced into violent action when their moonshine operation becomes threatened. It's based on the novel by Matt Bondurant, which in turn is based on his grandfather and great-uncles. The under-the-radar film has undergone a pair of name changes and a production halt due to financing, before switching studios and being picked up for distribution. We're riding the Tom Hardy train high and have strong expectations from Hillcoat and this talented cast.

17. Haywire

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - HaywireRelease Date: January 20, 2012 Director: Steven Soderbergh Cast: Gina Carano, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton After bringing together an impressive cast for Contagion, Soderbergh assembles another impressive ensemble for Haywire, an action-thriller about a Black Ops elite soldier named Mallory Kane (Carano) who takes on the missions that governments pretend don't exist. While on assignment in Ireland, Kane is double-crossed and the situation for her and her family goes... haywire. There's no doubt in Carano's martial arts abilities giving the film credible action sequences - as evidenced in the Haywire trailer - our only concern is the film's plot being too standard.

16. Gangster Squad

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - Gangster SquadRelease Date: October 19, 2012 Director: Ruben Fleischer Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Pence, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi, Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Michael Peña Ruben Fleischer steps away from comedy (Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less) to offer a serious take on the mafia presence in 1940s Los Angeles. With the cast involved and an interesting premise about the LAPD doing their best to keep East Coast gangsters out of LA, we can only hope Gangster Squad delivers on its promise.

15. World War Z

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - World War ZRelease Date: December 21, 2012 Director: Marc Forster Cast: Brad Pitt, Eric West, Matthew Fox, David Morse, James Badge Dale, Mireille Enos Based on Max Brooks' best-selling novel but offering a radical departure from its style for the film adaptation, World War Z (the movie) follows a  UN official (Pitt) as he travels around the world attempting to stop the zombie pandemic from destroying the world. While we were hoping for a documentary style collection of first-person recountings from survivors of the zombie outbreak, more in line with the style of the novel, we're still hopeful that Forster's take on the material will be something unlike any other zombie movie. Brad Pitt's production company eagerly won the film rights to the property and Pitt himself stars, in what Paramount Pictures hopes is the beginning of a World War Z trilogy. World War Z fan poster from Movie Cultists.

14. Lincoln

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - Lincoln SpielbergRelease Date: December, 2012 Director: Steven Spielberg Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Tommy Lee Jones James Spader, Jackie Earle Haley, Sally Field, John Hawkes, Walton Goggins Spielberg's had his eye on this historic biopic about President Abraham Lincoln for a decade, ever since acquiring the rights to Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography. Liam Neeson was previously cast as Honest Abe, where he did extensive research to prepare for the part before eventually dropping out and paving the way for two-time Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis and an all-star supporting cast. With Spielberg's War Horse debuting as Oscar bait at the end of 2011, expect the same quality of work on Lincoln when it hits at the end of this year.

13. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - Abraham Lincoln Vampire HunterRelease Date: June 22, 2012 Director: Timur Bekmambetov Cast: Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Dominic Cooper, Alan Tudyk, Rufus Sewell, Anthony Mackie Before Spielberg's biopic on the 16th American President, theatergoers will have the opportunity to witness a younger Abraham Lincoln... hunting vampires. Seth Grahame-Smith is adapting his own novel into a screenplay, with the help of Simon Kinberg, to be produced by Tim Burton. The story of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter also takes the shape of a biopic, but with the twist that it's based on secret diaries kept by Lincoln (Walker) and given to his vampire friend (Cooper), a "good" vampire who rescued Lincoln and taught him how to fight and hunt. The novel offers alternative and hidden explanations behind real-world events, making it one of the most interesting films coming in 2012.

12. Total Recall

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - Total RecallRelease Date: August 3, 2012 Director: Len Wiseman Cast: Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston, Bill Nighy, Ethan Hawke The Columbia Pictures' remake of the 1990 Paul Verhoeven classic starring Arnold Schwarzenegger follows Screen Rant's 5 golden rules for movie remakes by taking the Philip K. Dick short story in an entirely different direction, and we're on board for the virtual trip. This Colin Farrell starrer drops the Mars and alien story of the original (along with the cheesy one-liners) in favor of a grittier and more realistic take on the near future. Expect lots of action and beautiful visuals in this sci-fi adventure.

11. The Bourne Legacy

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - Bourne LegacyRelease Date: August 3, 2012 Director: Tony Gilroy Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen Matt Damon's Jason Bourne trilogy ended on a high note with The Bourne Ultimatum but it didn't end the franchise. Although Damon and director Paul Greengrass are not involved, screenwriter Tony Gilroy returns as the writer and jumps into the captain's chair to helm the fourth installment in the Bourne franchise. Similar to what's occurring in the Mission: Impossible series, Jeremy Renner steps in to take over the established franchise as a new character (a CIA operative) with a new story set in the same universe based on the Robert Ludlum novels. We expect another smart thriller from The Bourne Legacy, with a lead character who uses his brain over brawn, and we hope the series continues long enough to see the titular character eventually return.

10. Snow White and the Huntsman

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - Snow White and the HuntsmanRelease Date: June 1, 2012 Director: Rupert Sanders Cast: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron Of the two Snow White films coming out next year, the one with Thor star Chris Hemsworth as the titular Huntsman is the one to be excited about. We're happy to see Kristen Stewart as the lead in a big budget non-Twilight film, and with the supporting cast (especially the dwarves)  filled out with likable and recognizable stars (including Nick Frost, Toby Jones, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone and Ian McShane), this movie and its stylistic aesthetic is easily one of the go-to fantasy movies of 2012, offering a unique twist on a classic fairy tale. You also can't go wrong with Chris Hemsworth wielding a medieval weapon.

9. Django Unchained

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - Django UnchainedRelease Date: December 25, 2012 Director: Quentin Tarantino Cast: Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sacha Baron Cohen, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Kurt Russell Although not the typical Christmas-type movie, the formula of Quentin Tarantino + incredible ensemble cast always yields great results. Django Unchained is a spaghetti western revenge flick about a freed slave (Foxx) trained to be a bounty hunter from his mentor (Waltz), who goes on a mission to save his enslaved wife. This is right up Tarantino's alley, so expect great things from the dialogue and characters - many of whom are played by Tarantino regulars.

8. The Hunger Games

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - The Hunger GamesRelease Date: March 23, 2012 Director: Gary Ross Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland Based on the successful novel - and first of a trilogy - by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games tells the tale of Katniss Everdeen, who must fight for her life in the annual main event, the key piece of entertainment for the post-apocalyptic future America. Lionsgate is banking on this franchise becoming the next big young adult hit as the Twilight series winds down, and with the talent involved, combined with our fondness for the books (the first two, anyway), we have high hopes for this spring release.

7. Skyfall

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - Skyfall (James Bond)Release Date: November 9, 2012 Director: Sam Mendes Cast: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw
Whether or not Daniel Craig signs on for another five James Bond films, he'll finally be back next year for Skyfall and we're thankful the MGM situation was resolved so it could happen. Quantum of Solace let a lot of us down after Casino Royale successfully rebooted the series, giving fans a believable and enjoyable take on Agent 007. Craig, and those involved, promise big things from Skyfall, which boasts a strong cast of talent and an entirely original story not related to any of Ian Fleming's novels - and thankfully and not associated with Quantum of Solace.
SkyFall poster art by AndrewSS7.

6. The Expendables 2

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - The Expendables 2Release Date: August 17, 2012 Director: Simon West Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Scott Adkins and Novak Djokovi. The cast list, trailer and poster for The Expendables 2 is literally a dream come true, and a decade ago, it was unfathomable that a single movie could contain so many iconic action stars. The Expendables was Stallone's tribute to '80s action movies, and for the sequel, he's bringing back everyone and everything we loved about that and (literally) blowing it up with so much more. Add the fact that Con Air director Simon West is taking over the helm from Stallone (who didn't exactly impress with the last film) and there's reason to be excited that the sequel could surpass the original.

5. The Amazing Spider-Man

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - The Amazing Spider-ManRelease Date: July 3, 2012 Director: Marc Webb Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary When Spider-Man 4 was canned and Sony immediately pushed ahead on development of a 3D reboot, there was a collective groan from moviegoers and comic fans at the thought of  seeing another origin story. But with the direction they took - bringing Marc Webb into the director's chair, casting Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, drawing more from the comics, and all the steps following - production has been on the up and up and we're genuinely excited from what we've seen from The Amazing Spider-Man trailer and footage at Comic-Con, so much so that it's one of our most anticipated films of the year.

4. Prometheus

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - PrometheusRelease Date: June 8, 2012 Director: Ridley Scott Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce Originally a prequel to Alien (still is?) but now only set in the Aliens universe, Ridley Scott is back to bring us what we love most here at Screen Rant. The cast, story and mystery surrounding Prometheus, as well as the script by Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts, has us so intrigued that we were sold on the concept alone. When the Prometheus trailer hit, our high hopes were justified and we couldn't be more excited about a return to Alien-style sci-fi horror, with this tale about explorers heading to a distant planet searching for the origins of our species.

3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - The HobbitRelease Date: December 14, 2012 Director: Peter Jackson Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lily, Elijah Wood It's impossible for any fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy to not be ecstatic about returning to Middle-Earth for the story of Bilbo Baggins. The Hobbit  tale will be told over two movies and will serve as a prequel of sorts to the Lord of the Rings films, so much so that when it's all said and done, the five movies can be watched back-to-back as a consistent and complete pentalogy. Much of the cast and crew return from the trilogy, with many of the same locations in New Zealand used again for familiarity.  Gandalf, we're ready for this adventure.

2. The Avengers

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - The AvengersRelease Date: May 4, 2012 Director: Joss Whedon Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Stellan Skarsgard, Cobie Smulders Arguably the most ambitious film project ever, no studio has ever succeeded in doing what Marvel Studios has constructed with their shared cinematic universe and lead-ups to The Avengers. Five individual superhero films over four years laid the foundation for this big superhero team-up, directed by geek icon Joss Whedon (Buffy, Firefly). And while some of the more recent Marvel superhero films didn't quite meet our expectations, we have the highest of hopes for The Avengers. Much of the film remains shrouded in mystery (and rumors), but from what we've seen so far of our favorite heroes in costume and in action, this should be the epitome of epicness.

1. The Dark Knight Rises

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - The Dark Knight RisesRelease Date: July 20, 2012 Director: Christopher Nolan Cast: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard The Dark Knight Rises comes this summer with the highest of expectations after the financial and critical success that was The Dark Knight, but there's no question that Christopher Nolan can pull this off as the conclusion to his Batman story. The already impressive returning cast is boasted with the help of a few new characters played by Nolan regulars in what will undoubtedly be a complex and rich Batman adventure that runs full circle with Batman Begins. Few movies have earned this much excitement and anticipation - fewer still have actually delivered on it. For our money, we suspect Nolan will meet that challenge.

Conclusion

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 There are many other high-profile films (we started with over 60) that interest us this year, but didn't make the list either because of  negative early reviews or us simply finding them not as exciting as the 20 above. Now that you know what the Screen Rant team is looking forward to this year, let us know what you are anticipating. For a comprehensive look at all of the movies coming out this year, be sure to check out our massive 2012 movie preview. - Follow me on Twitter @rob_keyes.
TAGS: abraham lincoln vampire hunter, django unchained, gangster squad, gi joe 2, haywire, jack the giant killer, james bond, lincoln, prometheus, skyfall, snow white and the huntsman, the amazing spider-man, the avengers, the bourne legacy, the dark knight rises, the expendables 2, the hobbit, the hunger games, the wettest county in the world, total recall, world war z

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  1. I haqve no idea how many movie are coming, but I would be at Batman Rises and Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter and the new G.I.JOE movie look good and as avid movie goer since I turned 17 at one theatre the only thing I have to say is PRICE to high at 7.00 matinee and better price woyld be $5.00 matinee. And I feel the movies should be put out, in form to ave

  2. That Giant Killer looked too corny for me and i love corny, the rest is okay

  3. So many awesome movies for one year lol.

  4. 2012 is for Movies what 2011 was for games, all the heavy hitters out. Going to be an awesome year at the cinema, I didn’t even know about some of these (Wettest County, Gangster Squad) but they look great.

  5. there are so many to see but the one im looking forward to is the DARK KNIGHT RISES…hands down !

  6. For whatever reason, I’m really looking forward to The Lorax. Everything here looks great but next to The Dark Knight and Prothenmus, I think that Lorax is my list topper.

  7. “The Hobbit tale will be told over two movies and will serve as a prequel of sorts to the Lord of the Rings films, so much so that when it’s all said and done, the five movies can be watched back-to-back as a consistent and complete pentalogy.”
    i will have to take a vacation week and do that sometime! i just spent the long new years weekend doing the LOTR extended version marathon (now i gotta get that on blu-ray)
    my top 5 are
    1 The Avengers
    2 TDKR
    3 S.W.A.T.H. (ha…swath!)
    4 prometheus (tie with 3)
    5 the hobbit (tied w/spiderman)((i find it funny that mark “webb” is directing spiderman. i’m sure it’s been commented on before, but c’mon…lol))

  8. For me, my most anticipated include:

    The Hobbit
    Prometheus
    The Master
    Gravity
    Les Miserables
    Titanic and Finding Nemo 3D
    The Great Gatsby
    Django Unchained

    and I’m counting 2011 releases coming to my theater these first 2 months, like The Artist, We Need to Talk About Kevin and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

  9. First off, and no offense to the author, but what is it with your love for the word titular? Lol

    Second, just a few corrections about Skyfall: 1)Quantum of Solace was related to Fleming’s story in name only. 2) This isn’t the first entirely original story for a Bond film. Quantum and all 4 of the Pierce Brosnan films were original stories and didn’t rely on anything from Fleming’s novels at all.

    • @ Tom,

      Changed one of them for ya!

      As for your corrections – we didn’t say otherwise…

    • Could`nt have put it better myself, buddy :)

  10. Rob, I mean no disrespect (I’m sure you know that), but can you please explain what the reason was for not having ‘Men In Black 3′ on this list?
    Because I’ve been reading some of these comments, and there are quite a few who has MIB3 on their’s. In fact, most of my friends and family are even anticipating MIB3 more than The Hobbit. (I know that doesn’t really mean much, but it’s just a few example)
    I know MIB3 isn’t that-big-of-a-deal to some, but IMO, it really deserved a spot on there (and there were 20 spots). It’s the first movie that stars Will Smith in like… years and it’s been 10 years since MIB2.

    Please let me know if you have the time…

    • I’m in agreement with you. The MIB franchise has 10 years of anticipation behind it. You’d think with fans waiting that long for another film in the series, it would be in the top 10 or at least the top 20. I’d like to know why it didn’t make the cut too.

    • If it were 25 most anticipated, then it’d be there. And someone else would say, why isn’t ______ in there? And then I’d say, if it was top 3o, it’d be in there, etc.

      The point of doing a top 20 out of our original 65 was to highlight just 20 that our team was anticipating. The simple answer is that MIB, John Carter, etc. are not our most anticipated films of the year and there are specific reasons for each :)

      • Okay… but that was kinda the question: what were the REASONS for not including MIB3 in the list? (I fully respect that it isn’t on there – it was your decision to make, I understand that and I’m not angry at it – I just wanted to know what the reasons were… purely out of curiosity)

        • TheAvenger – Nicely said, I wonder the same thing since I’ve noticed whenever MIB 3 is mentioned in an article that it isn’t well received by the article writers. I guess it’s a personal preference of some of the staff, but I wondered if they knew something more about the film than I do. Oh well, I’m still looking forward to it ;)

        • Sorry, we’re not going to individually explain why movies are NOT in the list (there are over a hundred), lol. The point of the post is to talk about what IS in our team’s list so those are the only reasons we’re giving :)

  11. My Anticipated 2012 Movies would be:

    1. The Dark Knight Rises

    2. Django Unchained

    3. The two Lincoln movies.

    4. 47 Ronin

    5. World War 7

    6. Total Recall. I curious to see how anyone can get one-up on the legend that is Arnold Schwarzenegger (The actor that is. The movie could be better or at least equal to the original one)

    7. Jack the Giant Killer

    8. Expendables 2

    9. Gravity – Director : Alfonso Cuarón (Y Tu Mamá Tambien, Children of Men)

    10. Prometheus

    11. The Hunger Games

    12. World War Z

    13. Dark Shadows. (Personally for me, Tim Burton has been great in everything that is gothic except…The Batman movies.)

    14. Snow White and the Huntsman

    15. Cloud Atlas (Director: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Actor: Tom Hanks)

    16. Ice Age: Continental Drift

    … And basically anything with Denzel Washington in it, in the hope that he will provide us LOTS of material as in the 1980s/1990s and not like just only two good ones in the last gone decade – ‘Training Day’ and ‘American Gangster’.

    • Forgot about De Ja Vu did you?

      • pawn65,

        For me ‘De Ja Vu (2007)’ was just another bore I wasted my money on.

    • @Amol

      Absolutely agree with you on Denzel. Although I thought both Man On Fire and The Hurricane were great films and featured some of his best performances – I would love to see a return to movies in the same spirit as Malcolm X and Mo Better Blues.

      It would be great for him and Spike Lee to reunite again – ditto Scorsese and DeNiro

      • lebsta,

        ‘The Hurricane’ came in the 1990s and to be exact – 1999. And that was the last typically good movie of Denzy before Ridley Scott’s ‘American Gangster (2007). Even ‘Training Day’ wasn’t great but Denzy blew away the competition in the acting department. And yes, his performance in Man On Fire (2004) was good but for me the movie was just mediocre. That’s the problem with Denzy – he is consistent but his movies from 2001 till date aren’t great but just mediocre except ‘American Gangster (2007)’. He’s still playing the same old boring cop/detective roles with no speciality attached to the characters which would bring him into contention for being a heavyweight that he is. I hope this new decade since 2011 will gives us back the powerful wonderful Denzy of the 1980s/1990s.

  12. Why is les miserables not in the list?

  13. Movies i want to see…
    1. TDKR
    2. The Avengers
    3. Prometheus
    4. Django Unchained
    5. World War Z
    6. Skyfall
    7. Gangster Squad
    8. The Hobbit
    9. Lincoln
    10. Ted
    11. Dog Fight
    12. The Wettest County
    13. The Grey
    14. PA4
    15. The Devil Inside

  14. 1. The Hobbit
    2. The Avengers
    3. Abraham Lincoln
    4. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
    5. The Amazing Spiderman
    6. G I Joe Retaliation
    7. The Expendables 2
    8. Total Recall
    9. Taken 2
    10. TDKR

  15. Without question the most anticipated release has to be Hobbit. I generally feel that more will be looking forward to the Avengers than Dark Knight Rises (as, we’ve never seen a projetc like the avengers before) But if TDKR is #1 because of a proven trcak record in terms of both it’s director and the success of previous installments – then surely The Hobbit has to rankl above TDKR. I

  16. To continue my comment (frantic pressing of enter by mistake) The Hobbit is almost a certainty to outgross TDKR overall worldwide.

    Although I’m certain TDKR will be full of quality – I reserve some caution when considering that Screen Rant’s most anticipated movie last year as – uh -oh – Green Lantern.

    I would personally rank Expendables above Spiderman and Prometheus for sure.

    Haven’t we already seen a young Peter Parker with issues becoming Spiderman. This story has already been told as recently as 10 years ago. Why we need another re-run i’m not sure.

    This may be a stupid question – but if Jeremy Renner is playing a new character – why call it the Bourne Legacy apart from obvious commercial reasons

    Also I’m not sure why Total Recall is on the list – just another remake that wont come anywhere close to matching the quality of the original. Same old story as usual.

    • i mean as far as this list goes, this is just what they are most excited to see not what will make the most money lol…..BUT ya worldwide hobbit will make more, but i bet TDKR makes more in domestic box office…I’m pumped for both but wait till july when the full TDKR publicity machine is up and running its gonna be HUGE lol…i too think spiderman is gonna be a dud.

      • Kyak,

        (“worldwide hobbit will make more…than TDKR”)

        On the contrary, personally I believe TDKR will rule worldwide too. Perhaps living here in India on opposite side of the globe as far as America is concerned I have a better view of the East-side. Nobody really knows what hobbits here in India here except the die-hard fans of LOTR movies/books. But Batman …is an altogether a different issue. Everybody knows and loves Batman here and I’m not talking only about me.

        • @Amol

          I fail to see the logic in that because Batman may or may not be more recognised in India than LOTR (which is something that can be disuputed) that this indicates that TDKR will gross more overseas.

          If we look at the box office performance of previous installments of both franchises – Return of The King grossed something like $724 million compared to Dark Knight’s $450 million approx. We then have to account for the ticket price inflation since ROTK was released in 2003 five years before Dark Knight 2008.

          If we go on the basis that everyone who watched the previous installments will watch the releases next year, then a bigger audience share will be watching The Hobbit than they will TDKR.

          There is also the significant fact that The Hobbit will be shot in 3D with state of the art camera technology whilst TDKR will not. This year alone saw the financial benefits that arose from post conversion 3D. This will be another factor to ensure that The Hobbit overtakes TDKR , though I will concede that TDKR may gross more domestically than The Hobbit does.

          • lebsta,

            I just checked IMDB.com and there was this particular record that I had ignored for some time now but you brought it to my notice: “Non-USA collections”. And I believe you are correct in your observation that LOTR does rule over The Bat in the overseas by a huge margin. And yes, the factors you mentioned – ‘fan-following’ and ‘Technology (3D)’ will definitely work in favor of the Hobbit. Plus Hobbit will be considered a more ‘family-friendly’ option than The Bat and more hoards of families will be standing in queues for the tickets of Hobbit as compared to The Bat.

            The only factor that MAY work MARGINALLY for The Bat is the freshness of the topic as LOTR last was released in 2003 but TDK and Inception in 2008 and 2010 respectively ( considering the ‘Nolan’ factor).

  17. where iz men in black 3 ???????

  18. Nice list, really excited for Dark Knight Rises, Hobbit, and Skyfall, hope they deliver like their previous installments. Can’t say the same for GI Joe and the Expendables as their first films were garbage, but hope that they do a better job this time around.

  19. Prometheus looks awesome!

  20. Movies like: The Iron Lady, Men in Black 3, Man on a Ledge, One for the Money, or Red Tails are some of the most waited movies in 2012

  21. i just realized…why isn’t “BRAVE” in this list??????? ;O

  22. There are SEVERAL that want to see this year. However, “The Hobbit” TOPS my list.

  23. yeah The Darkk Knight Rises i am sooo looking forward too but the avengers is going to be epic the dark knight rises has got toughf compitition this year but i think it will win can not wait for the amazing spiderman either i diddnt want a remake but im intrested in the untold story of peter parker what could it be 2012 is going to be the year of blockbusters for sure

  24. Why do all the good stuff come out this summer/ fall/ next winter?- I want som quality stuff this spring, man! Out of all the goodies you listed I’m mostly worried about “The Hobbit”. I think the main reason for the succes of the “Rings”-trilogy was Peter Jackson’s devotion. With the twists and turns he took with “The Hobbit”, I wonder if his heart is really in it this time around(though I lean more towards thinking it is because he deserves not be doubted). It’s not like with Star Wars where they had to make stuff up for the prequels(I don’t care what people say, I don’t think Lucas had the entire Star Wars saga panned out in detail -85). With “The Hobbit”, they have solid source material. So I’m carefully excited for “The Hobbit”.

    The Dark Knight Rises? Of course I’m excited, Chris Nolan is probably the best thing that has happened to Hollywood since the DVD(came about the same time, but then again they say “good things come in pairs”). You would also have to be one overly negative person not to be excited for a any film of his starring Bale, Hathaway, Hardy, Caine, Freeman, Oldman, Cotillard, Gordon-Levitt, Carbonel and so on. The cast is just hilariously amazing. Put Di Caprio in there you and have THE all star cast and director of the last decade if you ask me. Basically, what I feel is that if this goes wrong I shall never guess how good or bad a movie will be in advance.

  25. Avengers is tops for me.

    I’ll probably go see the Bat, the Spider, the Hobbit. Prometheus and Total Recall are also possibilities.

  26. Yes, this year is very, VERY promising. I’m so glad I’m into movies. Life was hard before I was conscious of how brilliant they are.

  27. I have a feeling The Avengers will disappoint a lot of you.

  28. Quantum of Solace didn’t “let us all down” just that review and those who never quite understood how they adapted the theme of the short story from Ian Fleming’s book. What they did was very clever using it to explain Bonds transition from blunt instrument to professional. Watching both films back to back delivers a characters journey non-existent in previous formulaic Bond films.

  29. @Ceejay, what you said about QofS would have been great if Craig’s movies were prequels/ reboot. But as has been extensively discussed on this site, they are neither so that beauty is lost.