Screen Rant’s Most Anticipated Movies Of 2008

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2008 anticipated movies Screen Rants Most Anticipated Movies Of 2008As a follow up to our 2008 movie preview and based on the conversation that followed I thought it would be appropriate to list the movies that I’m looking forward to most in 2008.

The top five were a piece of cake, but beyond that there was much juggling and shifting around of movies. It’s pretty subjective as it stands beyond the top 5 movies and I might even be talked into moving some of them around. icon smile Screen Rants Most Anticipated Movies Of 2008

mini x files 2 Screen Rants Most Anticipated Movies Of 200815. X-Files 2 – July 25, 2008
I’m putting this one on the list out of deference to Heath and Niall, who I know are both really looking forward to it. Me, not so much. It’s going to be a standalone movie instead of continuing down the ridiculously twisted plot path established in the TV series and previous film so maybe it’ll turn out to be great. I’m still not fired up about it, though.

mini wanted Screen Rants Most Anticipated Movies Of 200814. Wanted – June 27, 2008
This action flick about professional assassins is based on graphic novels by Mark Millar and stars Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie. I’m basing this one on the trailer which make it looks like a cool Matrix-style action flick.

mini punisher 2 Screen Rants Most Anticipated Movies Of 200813. Punisher: War Zone – September 12, 2008
In this franchise reboot Frank Castle (but not Thomas Jane) returns to fight crime, this time in New York City. Apparently Marvel thought the same thing I did about the previous Punisher film and has decided to restart the franchise much like they’re doing with The Hulk. I’m hoping for more from this latest version and we’ll have to see what director Lexi Alexander brings to it.

mini spiderwick chronicles Screen Rants Most Anticipated Movies Of 200812. The Spiderwick Chronicles – February 14, 2008
A young boy discovers a world of goblins and fairies that exists just beneath the surface of what we can see. I first saw footage from this at the San Diego Comic-Con last July and it has high quality written all over it. Looks like a great one for parents to bring their kids to.

mini hellboy 2 Screen Rants Most Anticipated Movies Of 200811. Hellboy (2): The Golden Army – July 11, 2008
Guillermo del Toro returns to write and direct Ron Perlman as the wise-cracking Hellboy once again. I wasn’t looking forward to this at all until I saw the trailer and it prompted me to re-watched the first one. I had forgotten how excellent it was and I’m now fully looking forward to this sequel.

mini jumper Screen Rants Most Anticipated Movies Of 200810. Jumper – February 14, 2008
Hayden Christensen and Samuel L. Jackson star in a sci fi thriller involving a small number of people who have the ability to teleport – and those who hunt them. As I’ve stated before, I think this one may sneak up on us and end up being one of those movies that come out of nowhere but turns out to be very popular. I like the concept but hope that this one turns out better than the last movie that Sam Jackson and Hayden Christensen co-starred in (cough, starwars, cough)…

mini speed racer Screen Rants Most Anticipated Movies Of 20089. Speed Racer – May 9, 2008
The Wachowskis are back with a live action version of the 1960′s anime series. Whether this will rock or stink, there’s a lot of buzz around it. It’s either going to be very popular or will seem totally cheesy with a surreal, psychedelic look. The G-rating is going to put a lot of family butts in the seats.

mini indy 4 Screen Rants Most Anticipated Movies Of 20088. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – May 22, 2008
What?! I’ve got this at number 8!? Sorry folks, but that’s as fired up as I can get on this one. Be happy it’s in the top 10. I realize that people are extremely excited about it, but I just don’t know if they’ll be able to recapture the magic.

mini wall e Screen Rants Most Anticipated Movies Of 20087. Wall-E – June 27, 2008
It’s Pixar so it will be awesome. Period.

mini incredible hulk Screen Rants Most Anticipated Movies Of 20086. The Incredible Hulk – June 13, 2008
This reboot of The Hulk superhero movie franchise stars Ed Norton, Liv Tyler and William Hurt and directed by the guy who brought us the adrenaline/action movie The Transporter. There is a ridiculous lack of marketing going on with this movie but I do believe that this is another one that may come out of nowhere and knock our collective socks off. Marvel was very disappointed with the reaction to the last one (I just re-watched it and confirmed what a misfire it was), so they’re going to feel like they have a lot to prove with this new version. In the end I believe that means that we win. icon smile Screen Rants Most Anticipated Movies Of 2008

And drum roll, please… Here we are at the Top 5 movies we’re looking forward to in 2008:

mini bond 22 Screen Rants Most Anticipated Movies Of 20085. Bond 22 – November 7, 2008
Although there hasn’t been much news on this one yet, Daniel Craig hit it out of the park as the new James Bond. Martin Campbell is not returning to direct, but the tone of the last one obviously contributed to it’s success so the hope is that they’ll stay on that more realistic, gritty track with the next one.

ra cloverfield83 Screen Rants Most Anticipated Movies Of 20084. Cloverfield – January 18, 2008
Whether it ends up being great or not we’ll know soon enough, but this is one of the movies we’ve been most curious about for months now. The viral marketing on this one has been driving people into a frenzy and we’ll know in a few days whether it is worth all the hype.

mini star trek 11 Screen Rants Most Anticipated Movies Of 20083. Star Trek – December 25, 2008
No matter how you slice it, J.J. Abrams reboot of the Star Trek universe is a controversial decision. I don’t know whether it will be a hit with new audiences, outrage the old or what, but there’s no denying that anticipation for this one is extremely high.

mini the dark knight Screen Rants Most Anticipated Movies Of 20082. The Dark Knight – July 18, 2008
Chris Nolan returns to direct Christian Bale as Batman in this sequel to the wildly successful Batman Begins by pitting our hero against his ultimate nemesis: The Joker. It was a tough call on this one, but despite the fact that Batman is a much more well known character, I think this may be overshadowed by the number one pick on this list.

iron man poster2 thumb Screen Rants Most Anticipated Movies Of 20081. Iron Man – May 2, 2008
Was there any doubt that this would be at the very top of this list? icon smile Screen Rants Most Anticipated Movies Of 2008 Jon Favreau directs Robert Downey Jr. who seems to be channeling the comic book character Tony Stark, whose alter ego is the armored hero Iron Man. While I’ve been waiting for this movie to be made my entire life, it looks like audiences are going to get blown away but one of the best comic book to screen adaptations yet. In six months Iron Man has gone from relative obscurity to being the most highly anticipated film of 2008, and I couldn’t be happier about that.

So there you have it. Five sequels, three “reboots” or “re-imaginings” and the rest original films (and maybe the start of sequels in their own right).

What do you think? I’m sure you’ll want to shift some of those movies around and maybe add some of your own. Regardless, it looks like we’re going to have a good year for movies, folks!

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  1. And they said superheros were a dying genre. HA!

  2. Actually I hate to admit it, but I actually said that a while back. :-)

    Guess I was wrong!


    • Looks like you guys were SUPER wrong ha ha! I am looking at this list for old movies to rewatch!

  3. Well, who knows, come 2009, you may be right (at least temporarily).

  4. I kicked Hancock off to make room for X-Files 2 (say “thank you” Niall and Heath, LOL).

    Kel, your list in the other post reminded me I needed to get SR’s list up before too much more time passed this month!


  5. My top 5:
    1. Iron Man
    2. Iron Man
    3. Iron Man
    4. Iron Man
    5. The Dark Knight

    For me, if it’s based on a comic book I plan to see it. I saw a commercial for Jumper the other day and it has raised my interest quite a bit. Star Trek, gotta see it! Indy and Speed Racer make the list as well.

    As of about 2 hours ago Cloverfield looks DBA for me. I read an early review on IMDB and he claims the whole movie is home video ala Blair Witch. Anything that resembles TBWP makes me want to vomit immediately. Not from motion sickness, but just from plain terrible story telling. The sequel (Book of Shadows) was THE worst movie ever made as well.

  6. LOL, Zipper, you’re funny, dude. :-D

    The Blair Witch sequel was the movie that made me realize the Richard Roeper is insane (he gave it a thumbs up).

    I’m going to see “Cloverfield” tomorrow (Tuesday) night. My review won’t be out until Friday though. I also don’t know if I’ll get to see that Star Trek teaser trailer…


  7. Thanks, Vic. Though I wonder if I’ll keep forgetting there’s an X-Files 2, much like I kept forgetting there was a simpsons movie coming out last year. But I didn’t forget about it after it opened.

    I think that pretty much sums up my excitement, too. Some of you may know I love Iron Man, too. Entertainment Weekly made me their Obsessive Fan of the Week back in September 2007. I even have Iron Man tattooed on my right forearm! I’m DYING for this movie!


  8. I totally agree about Indy. I just can’t get excited about it. Not that I’ve ever been a huge fan, but I think this one will be incredibly gimmicky. How could it not? It’s such an obvious cash-in, and the title is horrible.

  9. Well Liz, I’m a HUGE fan of the first and third, but I still can’t get fired up for this. Maybe once I see a trailer…


  10. LOL! Thanx Vic! :-)

    Yeah,I posted it over at the 2008 recommendations article a few days ago,this list of mine is basically the same thing.

    Nice picks,Vic! I’m pleased to see IM holding number 1! :-D

  11. All should be good quality. IM will take the world by storm! :P
    Guess we better get all we can out of the movies of 2008, because 2009 maybe a trainwreck just because of the writers strike.

  12. Punisher and Hulk

    People underestimate these movies, because the last ones weren’t of the best quality(nice way to put it).

    I think we should expect more from these, a lot more. If you enjoyed the first Punisher(which I loved) think about how good a critiqued version of it would be.

    Now, I know Hulk got a bad rep(deserved). But, like Vic has said time and time again, this reboot isn’t getting the hype it deserves. Sure that’s better than over hype, but I barely hear anyone else talk about it but this website.


  13. sorry, I just realized ive been putting my name at the bottom of the post, I have to do that on another site, habit. I didn’t know if that was a poster reserved thing or not.

  14. Jay, that’s right, and when The Hulk turns out to be a huge hit we can all sit back and say “I told you so” to everyone. ;-)

    Don’t worry about the name thing, BTW.


  15. Where’s Cronicles of Riddick 2 “the fury” ??
    Damm there not making this ?? I’m serious.
    On Indy 4, I wonder if half the movie will be a young indy flashback ?
    I think says it all.
    Also If Dark Knight also has Riddler and TwoFace wow!! I have a feeling DK and IM are gonna destroy the records for opening weekends.
    I also can’t wait for Speedracer…!

    Oh yeah and that Star Trek re-heat and serve…

  16. Dark Knight is Number 1 for sure. IM could be great, but I’m afraid of an over-the-top (and unbelievable) climactic battle taking away from any real-worldliness Favreau puts into it.

    Nolan has proven he can make a good Batman flick, and Bale makes a pretty good Batman/Wayne, and Ledger looks amazing as the Joker in what we’ve seen so far. TDK will be fantastic – no question. IM may still falter.

    Is it just me, or is 2008 going to be the Summer of Marvel movies? I just realized this looking at your list.

  17. Panda, great point… I hadn’t even thought about that. :-)


  18. x files was the best tv show and they will make a good movie!!!!!
    you have to show more respect!!!!

  19. Coundnt agree more Dowlki. X-Files/Lone Gunman changed the course of Tv and help make FOX the 4th network.
    Totally can’t wait for this new film!
    Even if there’s some stupid werewolf in it.

  20. I can’t Be the only one Who thinks that “Speedracer”
    Looks Absolutely GAY!!! TREK, IM, and DK !!!!

  21. If you think were all gay dude why are you here?

  22. Steve, he’s saying that about Speed Racer only, but that he’s looking forward to the other ones. :-)


  23. Well I never thought Speedracer was gay.
    I guess to some it looks a little Batman Foreverish?
    Call me gay I’ll be in line for Speedracer.
    And I can’t wait to see Emile Hirsch play Speedy!!!!!! Dude!

  24. Vic, Vic, Vic…. Are you saying you’re more excited to see the spiderwick chronicles than Charlie Kaufmans directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York? I’m a little disappointed man.

    Dark Knight should be #1. :P