The 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 [VIDEO]

December 29, 2011 3:51 pm

With 2011 coming to a close, we are taking a look at what we have to look forward to in the coming year. 2012 definitely promises to be a year of big blockbuster movies. There will be prequels, sequels, fairy tales, comic book films and more. Below we take a look at 10 of these films that have us waiting at the edge of our seat!

1. The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises” is the third installment and the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s box office-breaking trilogy. We last saw the caped crusader fleeing into the night after defeating The Joker, and yet being held accountable for the action of Two Face. Since those dark days we now see that through his sacrifice and watchful eye of the vigilante Gotham has progressed in to a time of relative peace. However Gotham City quickly begins to crumble as a new villian enters the fray. (July 20, 2012)

2. The Avengers

The S.H.I.E.L.D. agency brings together a team of superhumans, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hawkeye and The Black Widow, for “The Avengers,” to help save the Earth from annihilation by extraterrestrial invaders. Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, and Scarlett Johansson have all come together for the first installment of the Marvel comic that will come to life on the big screen. This will be one action-packed movie with incredible actors all in one! (May 4, 2012)

3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

It has been quite some time since the final chapter of “The Lord of the Rings” hit screens, but the prequel to the saga is giving us something to cheer about for 2012. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” follows Bilbo Baggins on his journey to the Lonely Mountain accompanied by a group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug. This is the first of the two-part epic fantasy film. (December 14, 2012)

4. Prometheus

Prometheus” the latest sci-fi project from director Ridley Scott started out as a new “Alien” film (which Scott directed in 1979), but morphed into a film taking place in the same universe as “Alien.” A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. The film stars Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron and Patrick Wilson. (June 8, 2012)

5. The Amazing Spider-Man

Based on the Marvel comic book about an unsuspecting boy who, after being bitten by a mysterious radioactive spider, gains exceptional superhero powers, allowing him to score the girl of his dreams as well as save a city in peril. Peter Parker is played by Andrew Garfield of “The Social Network.” Some Spidey-fans might notice slight differences in this version of the comic book favorite. The tone of “The Amazing Spiderman” is much darker than Tobey Maguire’s “Spider-Man.” (July 3, 2012)

6. The Hunger Games

Harry Potter” and “The Twilight Saga” were two huge book-to-movie franchises and following in their footsteps is the first installment of the popular young adult trilogy, “The Hunger Games.” The science fiction action drama is set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match. (March 23, 2012)

7. Men In Black 3

Agent J and Agent K are back in action and are going back in time in “Men In Black 3.” When the world is threatened by an evil alien, Agent J (Will Smith) travels back in time to 1969, where he teams up with the younger Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) to stop an evil villain from destroying the world in the future. The sci-fi action comedy will also expose several famous names and faces as being aliens in disguise, like in the previous films, only this time they will all be celebrities from the 1960s. (May 25, 2012)

8. Brave

Brave” is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands and focuses on a young princess who defies a sacred custom of the land, inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom, and then makes an ill-fated wish in order to set things right. This film will mark a few firsts for Pixar. It is their first movie to feature a female lead character. Scottish actress Kelly MacDonald voices Merida, the tomboyish princess. This will also be their first fairy-tale film and their first film co-directed by a woman. (June 22, 2012)

9. Snow White & The Huntsman

Snow White & The Huntsman” puts a dark spin on the childhood classic story of “Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs.” In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. With Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman, and the beautiful Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen, this story with its dark and twisted plot will enchant audiences worldwide. (June 1, 2012)

10. The Raven

The Raven” is a fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe‘s life, the thriller stars John Cusack in the role of Poe, who joins forces with a young detective, Luke Evans, to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders. In the trailer it looks like we get a glimpse of “The Pit and the Pendulum,” a live burial straight from “The Cask of the Amontillado,” and a masquerade, possibly out of “The Masque of the Red Death.” (March 9, 2012)