As The Avengers kicks off the summer 2012 season, studios have been giving us a taste of what the rest of he summer and the future will bring us, from superhero epics to raunchy comedies.
Let’s start with the trailer I’m sure we’ve all seen at least seventeen times this week because of its epicness: the final trailer for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. When the new viral marketing campaign sent fans worldwide searching for Batman symbols to unlock the new trailer, it was only a matter of hours before it was unveiled, and it was worth it. We updated our post on Batman’s rap sheet – which was a part of the campaign – with the trailer almost immediately after the trailer debuted right here, but you can also watch it below. It gave me goosebumps and convinced one of my friends – who has remained a skeptical critic of Nolan’s work – to practically salivate for the film.
Taking place eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, the finale of Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy finds Batman – wanted vigilante – facing off against the menacing anarchist Bane, while Catwoman emerges. The Warner Brothers/Legendary Pictures film stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, and Tom Hardy, coming July 20th, 2012.
Next up is David Ayer’s End Of Watch. It’s a provocative thriller from the director of Street Kings about two LAPD partners – Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena – who form a close bond and make a bust that makes them targets of drug cartels and gangs across the city. The film is shot from a first-person perspective – HD cameras carried by the cops, gangs, civilians, and security cameras capture the drama and action of the film. It looks raw, gritty, and – with two solid casting choices – a great way to wrap up the summer season. The Open Road Films production also stars Anna Kendrick and American Ferrara and arrives September 28th.
Summer won’t be complete without a shot of testosterone, and Simon West is happy to deliver it as the helmer of Lionsgate’s The Expendables 2. Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth, Jean Claude Van-Damme, Bruce Willis and – HE’S BACK! – Arnold Schwarzenegger star in the action epic coming August 17th. After one of their own is killed, the mercenaries known as the Expendables seek revenge and take on an arms dealer holding six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium – enough to shift the balance of power on Earth. It looks bloody, cheesy, loud, violent…a perfect popcorn flick for the boys. Watch the trailer with an introduction by writer/star Sylvester Stallone below.
Earlier this year, Twentieth Century Fox was placed in a precarious position of promoting a comedy about a neighborhood watch in the wake of the Trayvon Martin controversy in Florida. But their first trailer since the controversy is going in a better direction, going as far to rename Neighborhood Watch simply The Watch. The comedy, coming July 27th, follows a group of dads who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to escape their families and hang out, but inadventently stumble upon an alien plot to destroy the world. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Will Forte, Rosemary DeWitt and Billy Crudup star.
(Warning, the red band trailer is NSFW)
And finally, the one trailer that did not want to be outdone by The Dark Knight Rises: Marc Webb’s reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man. And like Rises, this trailer got me really excited about what’s coming for the webhead this summer. It captures the humor as well as the action, and suggests a plot that will test the wallcrawler more than ever. Coming to 3D, 2D, and IMAX 3D theaters July 3rd, the superhero epic stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field. It tells the story of outcast high school student Peter Parker, who gains superpowers and finds a briefcase that leads him to Oscorp, and to the mystery of his parents’ disappearance.
This post also appeared on Save The Seat.