The summer of 2012 will remain known for the numerous superhero movies hitting theaters as the months move on. However, superheroes are not the only appearances of the supernatural hitting cinemas this summer. From aliens to vampires, here is a look at the fantasy and sci-fi flicks you can expect to see during the summer of 2012.
When Universal started snatching up board game titles for potential movie properties, it caused snickers. Very few movies based on board games succeed on the big screen, and surely "Battleship" would be another dud. However, the hiring of director Peter Berg changed some minds. While Berg's last movie, "Hancock," did not set the world on fire, this is the same man who directed "Friday Night Lights."
It almost seems like Berg signed on to make "Battleship" just so he could make the alien invasion movie he had deep in mind. While given the same name as the classic board game, "Battleship" shares few similarities to the game, instead telling the story of a lone battleship that attempts to help fight off invading aliens. Maybe, deep down, it is a combination of Battleship and Space Invaders.
The third effort in the "Men in Black" trilogy brings all the main contributors back together. Barry Sonnenfeld returns to direct while Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return as Agent J and Agent K. Josh Brolin joins the cast as a young Agent K.
In this third adventure, Agent J has to travel back to the past to stop a catastrophic event orchestrated by the new big bad guy, played by "Flight of the Conchords" star Jemaine Clement. Expect more aliens, more gadgets, and more bug-like creatures.
Easily one of the most anticipated movie releases for sci-fi fans is "Prometheus." Ridley Scott returns to sci-fi to direct this movie, a sequel to his groundbreaking "Alien" yet a completely different story from that earlier effort. Scott has said in interviews that fans of "Alien" will be able to have questions answered by watching this movie, while for everyone else "Prometheus" is a standalone sci-fi effort.
Noomi Rapace ("The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"), Michael Fassbender ("X-Men: First Class"), Idris Elba ("Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance), Charlize Theron, and Guy Pearce all star in "Prometheus." In the film, a team of explorers discovers the origins of mankind and end up on a trip to the darkest section of the universe to save existence.
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"
Steven Spielberg is working on a biopic of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. This is not that movie.
In "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," the former commander in chief is engaged in a war with a legion of vampires that want to take over the United States. The movie is based on the novel by the author of "Pride & Prejudice and Zombies"; it might be the most original movie of the summer of 2012.
In a move that is nowhere near as original, Len Wiseman ("Underworld") brings the classic Philip K. Dick story "Total Recall" back to the big screen in this remake, Colin Farrell taking on the role formerly played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Don't expect a straight remake, though; the new version does not even take place on Mars. In no surprise, Wiseman cast his wife Kate Beckinsale as the female lead.
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- Peter Berg