Hey, guess what: 2012 is like, four days away. Exciting, eh? Well, aside from that whole Mayan calendar/end of the world business. And that there’s going to be a Presidential campaign all damned year, and the economy’s still in the toilet, and Community is on a “hiatus”… On second thought, 2012 is already looking pretty terrible, and it hasn’t even started yet.
No, wait! There will be new movies! Many, many new movies. And don’t kid yourself: plenty of them are going to be terrible (I mean, there’s a Battleship movie coming out, for God’s sake). But some of them look awesome! So in the spirit of cautious optimism, join us after the jump for a look at ten 2012 releases that we’re genuinely looking forward to.
The Dark Knight Rises
DIRECTOR: Christopher Nolan
CAST: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine
RELEASE DATE: July 20
From Batman Begins forward, Christopher Nolan has proven himself a filmmaker who knows how to do the big-budget Hollywood blockbuster right — with skill, intelligence and wit. The thing is, you don’t actually have to dumb down to make movies that engage a mass audience, contrary to what the makers of Transformers and Fast/Furious movies might tell you. We’re loving pretty much everything we’ve seen and heard about his third Batman movie: the infusion of Inception cast members, the casting of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman (insert “meow” or “purr-fect” joke here), that intense prologue ahead of Mission: Impossible (bonus points for the appearance of Aidan Gillen, aka The Wire’s Mayor Tommy Carcetti), and most of all, the insistence of everyone involved that this film marks the end of Nolan’s Batman cycle. Nothing like getting out while you’re ahead.