2012 looks set to be an good year for SFF fans, who can anticipate a number of exciting releases (no, I’m NOT talking about G.I. JOE: Retaliation or, worse, John Carter). Here are my top five picks of new SFF material coming out in 2012 (not including novels):
5) The Hunger Games movie (release date 23 March 2012 (NB. UK release date, as found on IMDB)) – Having just finished reading the books (find my reviews here and here), I’m curious to see how director Gary Ross will transform these brutal YA novels into film. My hopes are high, as the trailer looks pretty good:
4) The Dark Knight Rises (20 July 2012)- I will confess, The Dark Knight is the only Batman film I’ve seen (apart from the oldie, which has the whole POW, SPLOSH, KABOOM! action going on), but it was more than enough to whet my appetite. And now I’m picturing more of that awesomeness, with the additions of Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt! WOOT! ‘Tis gonna be amazing.
To add my opinion to the whole ‘I can’t understand what Bane is saying’ debate: that’s only ONE LINE in the trailer that you’re having difficulty hearing, and I’m sure it won’t be that hard to understand him all the way through (it just CAN’T be). And, if you really can’t figure out the line in the trailer, he says: ‘When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die.’ Which is, you must agree, a brilliantly badass thing to say. I think I’m going to like him…
3) The Master and Margarita performed by Complicite (15 March 2012, Barbican theatre London) - A more obscure choice, but OHMYGOODNESS am I excited about it! The Master and Margarita is one of my favourite books, and Complicite is one of my favourite theatre companies. What a combination! If you haven’t heard of Complicite, they are a company under the artistic direction of Simon McBurney (who you will have seen in films and TV series, mainly as side characters/cameos e.g. Oliver Lacon in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Archdeacon Robert in Rev, Fra Pavel in The Golden Compass etc.). Aside from this, he also happens to be a theatrical genius. Complicite are known for their innovative physical performances, and their employment of ‘total theatre’ i.e. using light, sound, setting, projections, etc. to create a piece of theatre in which all the elements are in harmony and play a crucial role in the telling. I have my ticket booked for their show in April, and I cannot wait!
2) Game of Thrones, Season 2 (April 2012)- Need I explain? Wasn’t Season 1 awesome?? Isn’t Jon Snow gorgeous? (*ahem* OK, so I can be shallow, right?) Heh… Anyway, BESIDES gazing at Jon Snow I’m also looking forward to seeing how they depict Sansa’s storyline this season, because I felt that her character really bloomed and became much more likeable/interesting in A Clash of Kings. Bring it on, HBO!
1) Yep, you’ve guessed it… The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (14 December 2012) – How could this not be my number 1? I mean, have you SEEN the trailer (well, it’s OK if you haven’t ’cause I’ve embedded it below)?? It makes me PAINFULLY excited. Yes, that’s NEAR PHYSICAL PAIN. REAL PSEUDO-PHYSICAL PAIN. (No, I don’t know what I mean either, but it hurts, I tell you, it HURTS!) From the looks of the trailer, The Hobbit will be just as excellent as LOTR, albeit with a necessarily lighter tone, as stakes in The Hobbit are not as high as in LOTR. NB. I have to say, I couldn’t quite believe it when I heard that Richard Armitage was cast as Thorin, but now I understand; he has such regal, aquiline features, and manages to remain sleek and noble-looking even with that bushy dwarven beard!
So those are my year’s top excitements mapped out — which 2012 releases are you looking forward to most?