I originally posted this a few months ago, and updated it a few times. Here it is, 2012 is going to be the craziest year ever for movies. There’s never been one year where so many big characters and franchises have an entry. What follows is a list of movies and their release dates. Note, I am not saying that these will be good movies, please don’t comment saying x-movie is going to suck, that’s not the point. My point is in one year we will see the most popular characters in modern fiction.
January 20th: Underworld 4
January 27th: Amityville: The Lost Tapes
February 10th: Star Wars Episode I in 3D
February 17th: Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance
March 2cnd: Hansel and Grettle: The Witch Hunters
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
March 9th: John Carter of Mars (From the creator of Tarzan: Edgar Rice Burroughs)
The Raven: In this movie Edgar Allen Poe goes after a serial killer.
March: 16th: Untitled Snow White Project
March 30th: Wrath of the Titans (Clash of the Titans sequel)
Pirates. The plot, according to Wikipedia-”A group of swashbuckling pirates team up with different historical and fictional characters and attempt to help them in their adventures and travels.
April 4th: The Three Stooges
April 6th: Titanic 3D (Not a character/franchise but it’s the 2cnd biggest movie ever)
May 4th: The Avengers (Starring superheroes Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, and Black Widow, vs the villain Loki)
May 11th: Dark Shadows (Adaptation of popular supernatural soap opera from the 1960s)
May 18th: Battleship (Based of the Milton Bradley Game)
May 25th: Men in Black III
June 1: Snow White and the Huntsmen (Note, this is a separate movie from the above untitled Snow White movie.)
June 8th: Madagascar 3
Prometheus (Alien Prequel)
June 15th: Jack the Giant Killer (Based off the English Fairy Tale)
June 22cnd: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
June 29th: G. I. Joe: Retaliation (Starring the Rock)
July 3rd: The Amazing Spiderman
July 13th: Ice Age: Continental Drift
July 20th: The Dark Knight Rises (Batman)
August 3rd: The Bourne Legacy
Total Recall (Remake)
August 17th: The Expendables 2 (I’m counting this because 2012 will have all of the above (and below) characters, along with a movie starring (presumably) Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Randy Couture, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and who knows who else)
September 14th: Resident Evil: Begins
September 21rst: Hotel Transylvania: (Starring Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, and the Wolfman)
Dredd (About Judge Dredd, a popular British comic book character. There was also an unrelated Judge Dredd movie in 1995 starring Sylvester Stallone)
October 5th: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D
October 26th: Halloween 3D
November 9th: Untitled James Bond film
November 16th: Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2
November 21rst: Rise of the Guardians (Starring Santa Clause, The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy, and Jack Frost vs The Boogeyman.)
December 14th: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Lord of the Rings Prequel)
Together that’s 38 movies. My theory has been diminished slightly, as originally Superman and Star Trek were to have entries in 2012. Superman got pushed back to 2013, and Star Trek’s status is TBA. Disney also had a Lone Ranger pic slated for December, but that has been shelved. There was also talk of a Wolverine sequel and a Godzilla film. Wolverine starts filming in the fall of 2011, so it probably won’t be out until 2013. Godzilla’s current status is unknown. To my knowledge the only other possible addition would be if a Paranormal Activity 4 is made.
Still even with the above absences there will never be another year in film where we see Spiderman, Batman, G. I. Joe, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, James Bond, Jason Bourne, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, the Alien, Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolfman, The Mummy, Michael Meyers, Leatherface, Hansel and Grettle, Snow White (Twice) and Santa Clause. That by itself would be the biggest year ever, let alone a movie with historical figure Abraham Lincoln, Poe, and whoever appears in Pirates, along with children’s literature and fairy tales, 2 popular board games, 2 popular kids film franchises, Men In Black, Twilight, Resident Evil, and a movie starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarchzenneger, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Randy Coutre, Jason Statham, Jet Li, and Dolph Lundgren. 2012 looks to be the year to rule them all.