Iron Man 3Iron Man 2
went a long way to dampening comic book fans' enthusiasm for the Iron Man
franchise. Enjoyable enough as far as action comic films go, it didn't quite manage to recreate the giddy sense of fun and dripping wit of the original - plus the bad guy element left a lot to be desired despite the casting of the ever-dependable Mickey Rourke. So how could Marvel whet our appetite for the third entry in the franchise? Two words: Shane Black. Yup, the Lethal Weapon
scribe is back in the writer-director hot seat after the extremely sharp crime film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
means anticipation for the new Iron Man
film is back at fever pitch.
The first full trailer released last October has surprisingly eschewed the usual Shane Black/Robert Downey Jr. wisecracks to focus on high drama, but you can bet there will be plenty of comic relief peppered throughout. And with Ben Kingsley on board to play The Mandarin, perhaps we'll finally have a villain who can match Robert Downey Jr.'s effortlessly charismatic Tony Stark. - Matt Shingleton
Man of Steel
With The Dark Knight Risen and Marvel entering Phase Two, Warner Brothers have decided to bring back their other big gun after the relative disappointment of Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns
in 2006. The involvement of Christopher Nolan as producer has fanboys' attention, as has that of Batman
scribe David Goyer. However, it's ultimately down to Watchmen
director Zack Snyder to breathe new life into the most super of all heroes.
Looking at the two trailers released so far, it appears as though we may have a brilliant new Superman for the 21st century. Henry Cavill (Immortals
) is the man entrusted in breathing new life into Kal-El and, as with Batman Begins
, the filmmakers have surrounded their leading man with a superb ensemble: Russell Crowe steps into Marlon Brando's shoes as Jor-El; seasoned actors Kevin Costner and Diane Lane portray the Kents; Amy Adams is new Lois Lane; and Laurence Fishburne the new Perry White. Cavill's Superman will take on General Zod with Michael Shannon filling the villain's shoes. It's an eclectic mix of both filmmakers and actors, one which promises the kind of euphoric response that accompanied the return of The Dark Knight
back in 2005. Hopefully, come July, we will all believe a man can fly again. - Scott Davis