Coming to a theater near you…

There are four movies that I’m really excited about this year. Two are comic book movies, which is no surprise since I’ve loved every comic-related movie I’ve seen so far (except for the Hulk). Another is a continuation of a great early-1980s movie franchise, and the fourth is a sci-fi flick with some big names. Er, I guess it’s sci-fi. Maybe action-adventure? Anyway…

Jumper looks really cool. Plus Samuel L. Jackson is in it. And Hayden Christensen (you know, Mace Windu and Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader from the Star Wars prequels). And some other big names, but none that I care about. I love the concept of teleporting from one location to another, kind of like Sliders or Quantum Leap, but they’re not traveling to alternate realities or back in time…just from one location to another. I’ve had dreams of doing this myself. It just seems like a totally cool ability to have, not to mention the amount of money you would save on gasoline. The movie opens next Friday, and if I have the money I might check it out since I have the night off work.

Iron Man was awesome in Marvel’s Civil War mini-series last year, and the movie looks pretty cool too. I’m one of the few who enjoyed the Fantastic Four movies (yes, both of them), and that was with limited knowledge of the franchise before seeing the movies. Same with Iron Man. Outside of Civil War, I know nothing about him, so I’m looking forward to the movie to learn more about this guy.

The Dark Knight is a movie that I was looking forward to before Heath Ledger’s untimely demise, so don’t count me among those who will be seeing it just for his sake. I’m a huge Batman fan, all the way back to the 1960’s version with Adam West. I remember watching reruns of that series on Nick at Nite growing up. Batgirl was a hottie, that’s for sure. The movie franchise took a wrong turn in the 1990s, but the movies are still watchable. In some ways, they were a throwback to the West era. But with the new Christian Bale franchise, Batman returns to the dark origins of the comic. If you haven’t read Frank Miller’s comic The Dark Knight Returns, do yourself a favor and check it out from your local library. It should be in the graphic novels section. This one isn’t being released until July, so you have plenty of time to read the comic.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is the fourth movie in the series, 24 years after the third installment. I was a huge Indy fan in the early 80s, and I’m really looking forward to how they tackle this one. Harrison Ford is definitely getting up there in age, but he is such a good actor I have no doubt he can pull it off. We’re looking at a May release on this one. Again, if you haven’t seen the first three movies, go to your local public library and check them out. A great action-adventure series.

About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on February 9, 2008, in movies and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’m definitely looking forward to the Dark Knight the most, followed by Indiana Jones. Heath Ledger’s version of the Joker looks awesome, and I loved Batman Begins.

  2. I’m looking forward to Jumper since it’s so close, and probably Iron Man second. I would like to see DC branch out and cover some other characters besides Superman and Batman, and I understand there is (or at least was) a Justice League movie in the works along with the Flash and Green Lantern.

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