Summer Movie Releases: A Progress Report!


2013’s summer is shaping up nicely, with new movies out on the big screen and new TV series appearing (or ending) on the smaller screen. 
2013 is no different from the other summers, with some big name blockbusters coming out for all to see. It looks to be the super hero’s summer as Ironman 3 kicked off the summer, helping to reignite theories and thoughts about the Avengers 2, as well as competition from DC with a Justice League movie. Speaking of the JL, rumors that a new Batman will need to be found, thanks to the end of the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight series, are flaring; especially now that Man of Steel – the start of a new Superman franchise – has just launched.
For the supreme geeks, JJ Abrams sequel to his Star Trek movie, Into Darkness, has also set the screens on fire, showing the same fresh look at the original crew of the Enterprise, while giving a little fan service to established Star Trek fans with the storyline and visuals. This summer also saw the end of the Wolf Pack (supposedly) with the Hangover part 3 and a new look at the wonderful wizard of Oz in the movie Oz, the Great and Powerful.
Most recently released were two epic kids’ movies:
  1. Monsters University – (released June 21) keeping with a summer of sequels or prequels, Pixar took us back with Mike and Sully before they were the monsters we knew. 
  2. Despicable Me 2 – (released July 3) another win for the kids, as Gru and the minions returned in the sequel to Despicable Me. 
The trailers for these upcoming are teasing fans with looks at what’s to come:
  1. The Hobbit part 2 – the second movie in the Hobbit series, making this the fifth movie when taken together with Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, shows us the upcoming showdown between Bilbo, the Dwarves, and a very angry dragon. Orlando Bloom looks to be reprising his role as Legolas, though many think he’s acting a bit like another elf…you’ll be able to see the epic battle at the end of the year.
  2. Anchorman 2 – for all those in San Diego that stayed classy, Will Farrell and the Channel 4 news team will be back in December, with the sequel to the 2004 hit. This time, the team enters the 1980s and you can bet the legend will most definitely continue. Gather around for this hit in December as well.
  3. Kick Ass 2 – like super heroes, but Batman, Iron Man, and Superman aren’t your cup of tea? You’re in luck, as Kick Ass 2 comes into theaters in August, continuing the story of a regular kid who becomes a super hero. When we last left our heroes, Kick Ass and Hit Girl seemed to have forged a new partnership, however this opened the door for a new villain – Red Mist.
As you can see, every single one of these films is a sequel and will have a monstrous budget. Fortunately for studios, each is expected to making a killing at the box office. Summer has been good to Hollywood so far this year, as money-conscious consumers continue to prove the adage: the movie industry is recession-proof. 
But even with the best personal credit card, moviegoers can be discerning when it comes to bells and whistles, which is why the 3D components of these films isn’t guaranteed success. Going to the movies is already more expensive than it used to be, and with sloppy 3D conversions overrunning the theaters, you can bet the price of your ticket that less moviegoers will opt to see these films with special glasses.