With The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Wanted, Hellboy II and, of course, The Dark Knight, 2008 Comics2Film movies took the ass-kicking of Hollywood to new levels. We can't really expect 2009 to top that. Nonetheless, here are the top picks for 2009 that gets our blood boiling.
Name a tougher sell than adapting one of the best loved graphic novels of all time. A year ago nobody wanted 'Watchmen' made. Since then Zack Snyder and the Warner PR machine have flipped the script, rolling out photos, videos and road shows. They even parked the Owl ship at Comic-Con. Now name a film where the buzz is louder. Who watches the Watchmen? Everyone!
WARNING: Have we seen too much already?
Big, noisy and loaded with CGI characters that outshine their human counterparts. 'Transformers' was the movie Michael Bay was born to direct. This year he's at it again with bigger, badder Decepticons exploding at us in 3D!
WARNING: 50/50 probability of story-free CGI.
After 'X-Men: The Last Stand' there was a sense that fans were ready to move on from Fox and Marvel's mutant franchise. But the December trailer sparked some renewed interest by spotlighting action beats with the hero fans have been clamoring for since movie one: Gambit!
WARNING: Will fan fatigue keep moviegoers away?
While Marvel has mostly dominated the big-screen superhero market, DC has upped the ante on animated features with Justice League: The New Frontier and Batman: Gotham Knight. Here's hoping 'Wonder Woman' gives the most iconic lady superhero her chance to shine once more.
WARNING: No warning...you're a wonder, Wonder Woman.
Lesson learned, Summer 2008: If you're gonna have a Hulk movie, he'd better be smashing the crap out of stuff. Marvel aims to try again with this double feature of animated short films in which the green giant throws down against Wolverine and Thor. We'll be sitting ringside.
WARNING: What? No Hulk Vs. Thing?
In a world lacking sci-fi elements (kinda like the real world) an average kid asks, "Why does everyone want to be Paris Hilton but nobody wants to be Spider-Man?" A hero is born as 'Kick-Ass'. Matthew Vaughn aims to bring the comic to the big screen before Mark Millar' and John Romita Jr. finish the comic book itself.
WARNING: Fans keep complaining the costume looks like it was made by a 15-year-old...even though it's supposed to!
Astro Boy, G.I. Joe, Dragonball, Thor Tales of Asgard, Iron Man Armored Adventures...