The advent of CGI animation and motion capture technology in cinema has been a boon to the comics industry.
Once regarded as the domain of adolescent fantasies, the universe of fictional super heroes has moved beyond its former pulp incarnation to a new stage. Once dismissed as “comic books” they have gained new status as “graphic novels”.
In the process the characters in them have found a dynamic life in cinema. Their fantastic exploits are uniquely suited to the modern dynamics of computer based movie making as well as the “blockbuster” mentality of the film industry.
Some of these productions have been iconic in their execution (“The Dark Knight”, Iron Man”, or “Spiderman”) while others have been abysmal (“The Hulk” or “Green Lantern”)
Just as the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill sparked the gold rush of 1849, so the monumental dollars spent by fans to view these flicks has led to a rush to translate these cultural memes to the big screen.
The year ahead has a calendar filled with new additions to this genre.
The following is a sample of what is currently in the works.
From DC Comics
Man of Steel (2012)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Justice League (2013)
From Marvel Comics
The Avengers (2012)
X-Men: Cyclops (2012)
The Amazing Spiderman (2012)
The Hulk 3 (2012)
Iron Man 3 (2013)