2012 offered us a lot of great movies, and 2013 promises to be just as exciting. Along with all of the new and original films we’ll see this year, there will be plenty of sequels. For good or for bad, let’s take a look at 13 movie sequels that will make their way to the silver screen this year.
A Good Day To Die Hard – February 14
The original Die Hard is often lauded by geeks and those who are cynical as the “greatest Christmas movie ever made.” Bruce Willis is back for the 5th Die Hard movie this year, reprising his role as John McClane. Will this be the greatest Valentine’s Day movie ever made? Considering it’s being directed by John Moore (The Omen, Max Payne) and going for a PG-13 rating, my guess is probably not.
Correction: It’s been brought to my attention that A Good Day to Die Hard will be rated R. Well, Yippee Ki-Yay! I’m still not sure this will be the greatest Valentine’s Day movie ever made. I’ll still watch it, though.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation – March 29
I guess a lot of people must have loved the original G.I. Joe movie (although I don’t think I know any of them), because here comes the sequel. This time the Joes have to fight Cobra and “threats from within” our very own government. The sequel has The Rock, AKA the guy who could have been an awesome action star but instead prefers to be in lots of kinda mediocre movies.
Scary Movie 5 - April 12
I honestly can’t believe that they’re still making these movies after all of these years. It stars Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, and a bunch of other has-beens and nobodies. Oh, goodie. This movie is literally 5 years in the making, as the original release date for this film was October of 2008. Let’s see if all that extra time added any quality to this film. My guess: probably not.
Iron Man 3 – May 3
Finally, a sequel I don’t have to be snarky about! There’s some trepidation walking into this sequel as Jon Favreau is not directing, but he will apparently be reprising his role as Happy Hogan, so there’s hope that this movie won’t stray too far from the first two movies. Shane Black has had a questionable directing career with movies like Kiss, Kiss, Bang Bang and The Long Kiss Goodnight, but with names like Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce joining the cast — not to mention that Iron Man will be taking on the Mandarin — there are high hopes that this movie will be pretty amazing.
Star Trek Into Darkness – May 17
Of all of the sequels coming out this year, Into Darkness is definitely the one I’m most looking forward to. It’s been four years since we last saw the new, rebooted Trek cast, and we’re all ready for more. The movie features Benedict Cumberbatch (the titular character in BBC’s Sherlock, and the voice of Smaug the dragon in The Hobbit trilogy). The poster and the trailer for Into Darkness are ridiculously similar to those of The Dark Knight Rises, but we know that JJ Abrams is just trying to distract us from trying to figure out if Cumberbatch really is playing Kahn even though Abrams swears he isn’t.
The Hangover: Part III – May 24
I didn’t even know they were making another Hangover movie, but I’ll probably still watch it anyway. Apparently the wolf pack — Phil, Stu, and Doug (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Justin Bartha, respectively), have to help Alan (Zach Galifianakis) escape from a mental institution, and hijinks ensue. Rumor has it that Ken Jeong will Chang his way into a bigger role than he had in the first tow Hangover movies.
Monsters University – June 21
Why just make a regular sequel when you can make a sequel that’s really a prequel? This Disney/Pixar animated movie will take a look at Mike and Sully’s relationship during their college years, as students at the University of Fear.
Kick-Ass 2 – June 28
You guys know how much I love Nicolas Cage. And if you didn’t, let me tell you: I love Nicolas Cage. And that’s why I’m so sad that this sequel stars Jim Carrey, whom I tolerate just above loathing. Kick-Ass’s bravery has inspired a whole new wave of ordinary folk turning themselves into masked crusaders, led by Colonel Stars and Stripes (Carrey). The would-be superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist — now reborn as The Mother Fucker — and only the bad-ass mother fucker, Hit Girl, can save them.
The Wolverine - July 26
Hugh Jackman loves being Wolverine, and we love Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. James Mangold (Walk The Line, Girl, Interrupted, Knight & Day) takes on the superhero who’s the best at what he does as he does what he does best in Japan. I, personally, loved Wolverine: Origins, and if this movie has Hugh Jackman naked and jumping off of a waterfall like the last film did, that’s all it takes to make this worth watching.
Thor: The Dark World – November 8
There were many naysayers before the first Thor movie came out, saying that a superhero like Thor wouldn’t translate well to the big screen. Well, Chris Hemsworth and director Kenneth Branagh proved that this Norse god is silver screen worthy. Of course, Disney didn’t want to shell out the dough to bring Branagh back for the sequel, instead choosing to hire newcomer Alan Taylor. We’ll see if he can live up to the hype, but regardless, this is one movie that superhero fans will be looking forward to this year.
Catching Fire – November 22
I have to admit that, although I read all of The Hunger Games books, I wasn’t really impressed by them. That’s why I was so pleasantly surprised by how well they managed to translate the book into a film. For the first time in a long time, I finally saw a movie that I preferred to the book! This second movie in The Hunger Games trilogy (although, I believe Lionsgate may be turning the third book into two movies) will see Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Larence) preparing for the Quarter Quell and returning to the arena. Hopefully we’ll see more of Thor star Chris Hemsworth’s equally sexy brother, Liam Hemsworth, who plays Gale Hawthorne.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – December 13
I can’t believe I have to wait 11 months before I can watch this movie. An Unexpected Journey was the first movie in several years that I watched more than once in theaters, and despite naysayers, I loved Peter Jackson’s use of a higher frame rate for filming. Our dwarves friends and their hobbit thief will have to finish their journey to the Lonely Mountain and seek out the Secret Door that will allow them to get their gold back from the dragon Smaug. Not only that, but they’ve got to do all of this wizard-free as Gandalf is off somewhere else doing important Wizard Things.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – December 20
Will Ferrell has made quite a few movies over the past decade that he’s refused to make sequels for, despite their popularity and the amount of money they’ve raked in. Finally, however, after 10 long years, we will get to see the continuing adventures of San Diego news anchor Ron Burgundy. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing my favorite newsman (sorry, Jon Stewart) back on the silver screen.