Many movie fans consider 2012 to be the year of the superhero movie - what with The Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man and Dark Knight Rises all hitting screens - but in actuality, sci-fi is going to be having its time to shine at the movies this year. Ridley Scott's Prometheus (watch the latest trailer) headlines a year packed with high-concept sci-fi offerings, and today we've rounded up new promo materials from three of the more anticipated ones.
Scroll down for new extended clips from the action thriller Lockout (produced by Fifth Element director Luc Besson) and the campy 'Nazi invaders from space' comedy, Iron Sky. We also have new images of Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the time travel mind-bender, Looper.
In Lockout Guy Pearce plays "Snow," the typical highly-trained loose-cannon action anti-hero who is offered freedom in exchange for a suicide mission. Snow must travel to the space prison known as MS-ONE in order to rescue the president's daughter (Taken's Maggie Grace) from a horde of Earth's most ruthless criminals, madmen and deviants.
Take a look at just how hard Snow's task is, in this five-minute clip from Lockout (courtesy of IGN):
Lockout will be in theaters on April 13, 2012.
The story behind Iron Sky is almost as intriguing as the movie itself. It started almost five years ago as a short film/concept by the Finnish filmmakers behind the Star Trek spoof, Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning. After the short went viral, the filmmakers secured funding to make a feature film. Judging by the official trailer, it looks like a spoof in the vein of Mars Attacks! - complete with Nazi's living on the moon and a U.S. President that is not-so-subtly modeled after Sarah Palin.
Check out the opening minutes of Iron Sky below:
Iron Sky will be in theaters on April 4, 2012.
Lockout and Iron Sky look like thrilling and funny experiences, respectively, but for those who like their sci-fi a bit on the mind-bending side, there's Brick director Rian Johnson's Looper to look forward to.
One of the tricks Looper has to pull off is making Joseph Gordon-Levitt's physical appearance resemble a younger version of Bruce Willis. Check out what that looks like in the images below (via Coming Soon):
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The story chronicles a future in which time travel is a black market technology used by mobsters for assassinations. They send targets into the past to be eliminated by hitmen of that era. When a hitman has outlived his usefulness, the mob sends him back in time to be unwittingly eliminated by his past self - thereby closing the "loop" of loose ends.
The wrinkle comes when hitman Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) recognizes his older self (Bruce Willis) and fails to eliminate him. The mob sends back a hit squad to get rid of both Joes, while interaction with his haggard older self begins to affect younger Joe in unpredictable ways.
Looper will be in theaters on September 28, 2012.
Plenty of great sci-fi entries - which one are you looking forward to the most? The thriller? The comedy? The head-trip?