Summer Superhero Movie Slate: Iron, Krypton & Adamantium (oh my!)
Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, The Wolverine and Kick-Ass 2
For some odd reason, superheroes seem to really like summer.
Nineteen of the 20 top-earning superhero movies of all time were released between May and August, with "The Incredibles" (released on Nov. 5, 2004) serving as the lone holdout.
At this point, we've pretty much come to expect summer superhero movies as much as we expect summer sunshine. And this year won't be an exception, as "Iron Man 3" (May 3), "Man of Steel" (June 14), "The Wolverine" (July 26), and "Kick-Ass 2" (Aug. 16) are all bringing the summer heat.
But with so many sun-splashed superhero flicks to choose from, how do you keep them all straight? To help you out, we've summarized below.
Iron Man 3 (Photo: Marvel/Walt Disney Pictures)
It's the same old billionaire playboy Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) with a new brand-new director, Shane Black, whose only other director credit came when he helmed RDJ in "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" (2005); two new British bad guys, Sir Ben Kingsley as global terrorist the Mandarin and Guy Pearce as mad scientist Aldrich Killian; and plenty of brand-new suits of armor, including the Mark 42, a technological wonder that can attach itself to Tony from miles away.
As the first Marvel film to step up to the box-office plate after the billion-dollar blockbuster "The Avengers," "Iron Man 3" isn't just our most anticipated film of the summer -- it's our most anticipated film of the year.
Man of Steel (Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)
"Man of Steel" has some sizable red boots to fill, as its predecessor "Superman" (1978) is widely considered the first superhero summer blockbuster. And because Bryan Singer's lackluster reboot "Superman Returns" (2006) left us all wanting much more, "Man of Steel" has even more work to do.