CBMB: A Roadmap to Summer Comic Book Movie Riches!

So I was thinking that it has been awhile since Iron Man was released - May 2nd, to be precise, and I was wondering: what's next? What do we have to look forward to?

So, what's next?

Well, on June 13th we have the next major Marvel flick, the Incredible Hulk movie. This will be good and has the added attraction of cameos from such actors as Robert Downey Jr. (of recent Iron Man movie fame) who will be reprising his Tony Stark role for the film. Throw in Ed Norton and Tim Roth and you have something that I think should be very watchable.

Following this will be the Wanted movie (June 27th); this is the adaptation of a Mark Millar anti-hero miniseries that was very dark in nature as a comicbook. It looks as if the story has become more of an Angelina Jolie vehicle however, with her supporting character from the comic being developed into more of a primary player, as well as the script losing most of the colorful costumed villains from the original comic storyline (Darnnit!).

July 2008 looks to be the big month for the remaining comicbook movie releases however. The biggest comic book movie month starts off with a bang, with the July 4th release of the Will Smith super hero parody Hancock movie. This is the story of a washed up alcoholic super hero who is helped to reinvent himself by aPR man ( played by Jason Bateman), much to the chagrin of Bateman's cynical wife (Charlize Theron).

July keeps coming at us with the July 11th release of Hellboy II: The Golden Army. I really enjoyed the last Hellboy movie so if this one stays true to form then I expect to be suitably entertained again - especially with director, Guillermo del Toro, once again at the helm.

Okay now, july 18th is the big deal week, because that is when we will see the release of the much anticipated Batman: The Dark Knight, a film that was heavily anticipated even before the tragic and untimely death of one of its stars (Heath Ledger). I'm sure I am not the only one who still feels a subtle sense of tragedy when they think on the fact that he was still in the prime of his career and offering up some of his best performances to date...

So there you have it: the Summer of comicbook-movie fun mapped out before you. I hope you enjoy the ride...rel="nofollow"