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Life After Batman

With the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, yet another major Hollywood series has come to an end.  Christopher Nolan took superhero movies by storm in 2005 with the release of Batman Begins and since then has created a multi-billion dollar film trilogy that has raised the bar for action movies of all kinds.  From The Godfather to Back to the Future to Toy Story, we have seen many great trilogies come out of Hollywood over the years.  We, as viewers, get to bask in their greatness but once they are over we are sometimes at a loss as to what to watch next.  But not to worry, I am here to give you some recommendations on this tricky subject.  Whether you are a fan of great movie series or wish to see what the cast of Nolan’s Batman will do next, I have just the movies for you!

Here we go:

Lawless

Tom Hardy began his ascent to stardom with his breakout role in 2010’s megahit, Inception.  As you probably already know, Hardy teamed up with Nolan again for The Dark Knight Rises (DKR) as the wickedly cruel Bane.  This is sure to give him the boost he needs to catapult him to leading man status.  But for now Hardy plays a key role in Lawless, a 1920s prohibition tale.  The film premiered at Cannes in May and made quite a splash. The film is directed by John Hillcoat (The Road) who has a flair for the grim and gory, yet what’s even more inciting about the film is that Hardy’s DKR costar, Gary Oldman, also stars in the film.

Lawless hits theaters August 29th and costars Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, and Jessica Chastain.

Les Miserables

Oscar Bait?  Well even if it’s being bred to sweep this upcoming Academy Awards this film looks to be of epic proportions!  It seems Anne Hathaway is wasting no time as she moved right on from filming DKR as Selina Kyle and went back in time to 1800s France to portray the coveted role of Fantine in what is arguably the most coveted musical of all time.  Her 2012 will be a hard one to top, especially if she snags the Oscar nomination that people are saying she is a shoo-in for (for Les Mis, of course!).

Little side-note:  I will pay to see this movie just to watch Anne Hathaway sing this whole song.  Goosebumps!

Les Miserables hits theaters December 14th and costars Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe, and Amanda Seyfried.

Looper

Joseph Gordon-Levitt continues to do no wrong!  His character was one of the best parts of DKR and he will have one more summer film to wow audiences with.  Premium Rush is JGL’s leading role this summer, yet it is not his most intriguing movie of 2012.  Well as you can see above, Looper is this rising star’s upcoming film that is sure to be the talk of the town once it rolls around.  Hyped up to be the Drive of 2012, Looper places JGL in the future as a hired hit-man for the mob.  This is all fine and dandy until JGL is forced to knock off his future self.  As you can imagine, this doesn’t quite go according to plan.

Looper hits theaters September 28th and costars Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt.

Rust & Bone

Have a taste for foreign cinema?  Or are you simply intrigued by the mysterious beauty of DKR?  Well either way, Marion Cotillard is one to watch!  The French actress got her big break in 2008 when she won the Oscar for La Vie en Rose, and since then she has been non-stop.  Now Cotillard stars in the French film Rust & Bone, or De rouille et d’os, where she plays a whale trainer who changes her ways after suffering a horrific accident.  Like Lawless, Rust & Bone premiered at Cannes and garnered plenty of buzz.  There is talk of Cotillard receiving another Oscar nomination for this role, but if she can maintain the buzz for her performance remains to be seen.

Rust & Bone is set for a limited US release on November 16th and costars Matthias Schoenaerts and Céline Sallette.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

If you are an active reader of my blog you will know that I am a fan of this series and stand by statements that claim The Hunger Games to be the next “it” thing.  Nearly all the major film series of the past decade are over or coming to an end which leaves the playing field wide open.  The minds behind this series realize this and are talking full advantage of it.  Catching Fire, the second installment in The Hunger Games series, is already set for release on November of 2013.  The casting process on this one has been highly publicized and has involved the casting of Jena Malone and Philip Seymour Hoffman in two coveted roles.  By bringing names like these The Hunger Games is setting itself up to be the Harry Potter of the US (cast wise that is). With a movie like this, movie life post-Batman might not be all that bad.  

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters November 22nd, 2013, and has the dynamite cast of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, and many other great actors.

 

As of right now, Nolan has yet to release any official statement on what his next project will be, but I’m sure we shall find plenty of internet rumors in the next couple of weeks.  What about DKR’s Caped Crusader you may ask?  Well Christian Bale has three films set for release in 2013, two of which are Terrence Malick productions (!!), but little is known about these films at this time.  I will do my best to keep you updated on these projects.

Well I hope you enjoyed The Dark Knight Rises and if you have yet to see it, I highly recommend you get out to the theatre and view it immediately.  Also, with all the films I’ve listed I hope you can find at least one to look forward to.  Happy moviegoing!

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