Upcoming Superhero Movies of 2008

It’s understandable why Hollywood comes up with a lot of superhero movies every year, they can showcase really awesome special effects, they can attract more niche audiences to enjoy these movies, and they can start a franchise by bringing these comic book heroes to the mainstream moviegoing crowd. They also bring in lots of cash, so it’s not surprising that there’ll be a lot of superhero flicks coming our way this year as well.

1. Iron Man

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Info from Wiki: Iron Man is an upcoming 2008 superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name. The film is directed by Jon Favreau and stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, a billionaire industrialist who is captured by terrorists in Afghanistan. Ordered to build a missile, Stark uses his resources instead to build a suit of power armor and make his escape. Returning to America, Stark improves his armor and becomes the technologically advanced superhero Iron Man. Gwyneth Paltrow plays his secretary and love interest Virginia Potts, Terrence Howard plays jet pilot James Rhodes, and Jeff Bridges plays the villainous Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger.”

Of all superhero movies coming out this year, this is the one I’m anticipating the most. I just love the mythos behind Iron Man, and even if he’s been a douche in the comics recently I still have a soft spot for Tony Stark. It’s also amazing how they got Avi Granov, an artist who worked on the Iron Man comics (and is responsible for the modern Iron Man armor design), to do the designs for the movie, which brings a sort of consistency to it. They also did a great job with the casting, I think Robert Downey Jr.’s just perfect as Tony Stark. I can’t wait for this to come out!

2. The Dark Knight

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Synopsis from Wiki: The Dark Knight is an upcoming 2008 American superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Batman and is part of the Batman film series. The film is a sequel to 2005’s Batman Begins, which rebooted the BatmanHarvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart). film series after an eight-year hiatus. Christopher Nolan returns as the director, and Christian Bale reprises the lead role. Batman’s primary conflicts in the film come from his fight against the Joker (Heath Ledger) and his strained friendship with district attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart)

As a sequel to the phenomenal Batman Begins, I can’t wait for this movie as well. I liked really liked the themes and characters established in the first film (which was a reboot of the franchise), and from the trailers it seems like they’ll still be keeping it intact. Heath Ledger’s Joker looks really promising, and it’s a shame that we won’t be able to see it in a future film. This movie will be on every superhero fan’s watchlist this summer, I hope it won’t disappoint.

3. The Incredible Hulk

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Film Synopsis from Wikipedia: The Incredible Hulk is a superhero film based on the Marvel comic of the same name, set for release on June 13, 2008. It is directed by Louis Leterrier and stars Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, Liv Tyler as Betty Ross, William Hurt as her father General Thaddeus Ross and Tim Roth as the villainous Emil Blonsky, known in the comics as the Abomination. The film follows Banner as he flees the pursuit of General Ross and attempts a cure to rid himself of the Hulk. But when Blonsky injects himself with Banner’s gamma formula and becomes an even greater monster, Banner must accept his own inner beast and defeat Blonsky.”

I gotta admit, I didn’t enjoy the first Hulk film that much. What the first film lacked was the same thing that was missing in the Superman movies; an epic showdown between superpowered beings. Marvel’s decision to reboot the franchise is still a bit confusing to me though, even if the first film didn’t do that well I don’t think they would’ve needed to re-do everything. Well anyway, I think it’s shaping up to be better than the first one already, and with the Abomination making an appearance in the movie, the Hulk will surely have serious competition. I’ve also pictured Edward Norton taking on the role of Bruce Banner for the longest time. I’m kinda disappointed that Sam Elliott won’t be coming back for the role of Gen. Thunderbolt Ross though, I think he did a really good job on the first film. I’m not that excited about this one, but I’ll check it out all the same.

With movies like Spiderman, Superman Returns and Batman Begins topping favorite movie lists in sites such as ibeatyou, I believe Hollywood will still crank out superhero movies for the next few years. After all, there’s still a ton of material left. It’s just a matter of getting the right cast, approach and director to work on the movies, and this year’s choices do seem to have them all, though when it comes to being a certified blockbuster success it all depends on the moviegoers.

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14 Comments on “Upcoming Superhero Movies of 2008”

  1. blogengage Says:

    I’m a pretty big movie guy and I’m excited to see most the movie you named here!

    Sweet list and thanks for sharing!

  2. neohorizons Says:

    Hey, thanks. 😀 I seriously can’t wait for these myself, and a lot of other movies coming this year. Seems like 2008’s gonna be a great year for movies. 🙂

  3. Mike Says:

    I am most excited about Batman. Christopher Nolan has done an amazing job directing, and Christian Bale makes a pretty good Batman. I hope that Iron Man will be good, and while Hulk looks good I wonder why they decided to remake it when there were several other Marvel super hero movies that were much worse that the previous iteration of Hulk (like Daredevil and Punisher). Oh well, it should be a good summer.

    Just to throw out another comic book sequel, dont forget about Hell Boy.

  4. kevin Says:

    there’s also gonna be a watchmen movie, just thought you’d like to know

  5. Andrew Says:

    The Incredible Hulk is not a sequel to The Hulk, it is a movie based on the comics, moreso than the first one was

  6. neohorizons Says:

    @Mike:

    Holy crap, I totally forgot about Hellboy. Thanks for bringing it up!

    @Kevin:

    It comes out next year.

    @Andrew:

    I never said it was a sequel. 🙂 Aside from the comics they’ll be using the Live Action TV series as an inspiration too.

  7. will Says:

    to mike – they are releasing another punisher movie this year, called punisher: war zone. not a sequel but a remake like the incredible hulk. it should be pretty good, as its based mostly upon garth ennis’s run on the Max series, as far as im aware anyway.

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