2013 promises to be a year full of action and adventure film by comic book heroes.
Much time has passed since the first comic book adapted to film in 1966 by 20th Century Fox, BATMAN (creation of Bob Kane and Bill Finger, published by DC comics) with Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin).
Since then BATMAN has been adapted other 8 times to the big screen. One of them The Dark Knight (2008), directed by Christopher Nolan, the film considered by many critics and fans as the best superhero adaptation to movie, and the actor Heath Ledger the Joker won the Oscar posthumously for Best Supporting Actor for his performance .
In the twentieth century other great comic titles followed.
SUPERMAN published by DC comic and created by american writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster in 1932, helped consolidate the superhero genre, consecrating his protagonist Christopher Reeve in Superman: The Movie (1978) and its sequel Superman II (1981), directed by Richard Donner. They acclaimed the general critics of the audience to be the most successful movies of Warner Bros.
With the beginning of the XXI century, the technological advancement of the visual effects in the film industry, allows many superheroes and anti-heroes of Marvel and DC comics to return to celluloid, after the first intents of jump to the big screen failed.
X-MEN, X-Men 2000 and X-Men 2 in 2003 directed by Bryan Singer. X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 directed by Brett Ratner. X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2009 directed by Gavin Hood and X-Men: First Class directed by Matthew Vaughn 2011.
The SPIDER-MAN saga of Sam Raimi, 2002, 2004 and 2007, inspired by the eponymous comic book created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1962, which has seen last year his newest sequel, Spiderman 4 directed by Marc Webb.
HULK, the giant green superheroe of Marvel Comics created in 1962 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and directed by Ang Lee in 2003, was continued with The Incredible Hulk directed by Louis Leterrier in 2008.
FANTASTIC 4 and Fantastic 4: Silver Surfer superheroes of Marvel Comics , created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, directed by Tim Story in 2005 and 2007.
THE PUNISHER Marvel Comics anti-hero, created in 1974 by writer Gerry Conway and artists John Romita Sr. and Ross Andru was directed by Jonathan Hensleigh in 2004.
GHOST RIDER Marvel Comics antihero directed by Mark Steven Johnson in 2007. Gary Friedrich struggled many times in court for the copyright.
The saga of Marvel Comic IRON MAN, 2008 and in 2010 directed by Jon Favreau created by Stan Lee was also a successful recuperation of the talented actor Robert Downey jr.
WATCHMEN created by writer Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons and artists John Higgins. The series was published by DC Comics during 1986 and 1987, directed by Zack Snyder in 2009.
THOR edited by Marvel Comics and created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. In 2011 was directed by Kenneth Branagh.
GREEN LANTERN of DC Comic created by writer Bill Finger and artist Martin Nodell was directed by Martin Campbell in 2011.
CAPTAIN AMERICA of Marvel Comic created in 1941 by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, directed by Joe Johnston 2011.
Marvel Comic‘s AVENGERS created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby was directed by Joss Whedon in 2012.
Others in parallel , to the world of the superheroes, existing cult works also have seen the dawn:
300, Frank Miller, directed by Zack Snyder in 2006.
Frank Miller directed the film adaptation of THE SPIRIT, Will Eisner’s comic of the 40s.
HELLBOY and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2008), are films of the supernatural genre, directed by Guillermo del Toro in 2004 and 2008 and created by Mike Mingola in 1994.
THE LEAGUE OF THE EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN creation of Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neil, directed by Stephen Norrington in 2003.
CATWOMAN created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane in 2004 directed by Pitof.
V FOR VENDETTA created by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd filmed in 2005 by James McTeigue.
The work created by René Goscinny (screenplay) and Albert Uderzo (drawing) ASTERIX AND OBELIX, Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar 1999 directed by Claude Zidi; Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra directed by Alain Chabat in 2002; Asterix at the Olympic Games by Frédéric Forestier and Thomas Langma conducted in 2008 and Asterix and Obelix at the service of his majesty directed by Laurent Tirard and 2012.
The horror comic has also taken space on the big screen.
30 DAYS OF NIGHT, released in 2002 by the U.S. publisher IDW Publishing, written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Ben Templesmith. It was directed by David Slade in 2007.
Within the Spanish panorama MORT & PHIL, the famous comic of Francisco Ibáñez, was adapted to The great adventure of Mort and Phil directed by Javier Fesser in 2003 and Mortadelo and Filemon: Mission Save the Earth directed in 2008 by Miguel Bardem.
CAPTAIN THUNDER created in 1956 by Victor Mora Pujadas writer and artist Miguel Ambrosio Zaragoza had his screen adaptation with the film Captain Thunder and the Holy Grail (Antonio Hernandez. 2011)
PREMIERES in 2013:
Superman: The Man of Steel (Man of Steel). June 21, 2013.
Zack Snyder takes the challenge of the next installment of Superman. Reinventing and bringing a new vision of the superhero who will be in the position to save the world from total destruction and be representative of the hope of all mankind.
Iron Man 3. April 26, 2013.
It closes the trilogy with Shane Black replaces Jon Favreau. Tony Stark sees how his personal lifebecomes destroyed in the hands of his enemy. Surviving thanks to his wits and instincts, protecting the persons who loves. Answering himself the question that haunted him: Is it the suit that makes the man or is the man that makes the suit?
Thor 2: The Dark World. November 8, 2013.
Alan Taylor presents the sequel to Thor, the God of Thunder fight against a dark enemy that predates the universe, to save the Earth and the Nine Kingdoms. On this trip he will meet with Jane Foster and will be forced to sacrifice everything.
Wolverine Inmortal (The Wolverine). July 26, 2013.
Directed by James Mangold see Wolverine become a Ronin, eternal and strange warrior in Japan. There Logan bumps into the Silver Samurai and a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will change everything forever.
Kick-Ass 2. August 15, 2013.
Jeff Wadlow directed this sequel. A year after the events happening in the first volume. Mindy (Hit-Girl) leads a double-life, at the one hand she is trying to train Dave Lizewski (Kick-Ass) to become a more competent hero and on the other, trying to delight his adoptive father, Marcus, who wants to have a normal life with her mother.
Red 2. 1 August 2013.
The Warren Ellis comic directed by Dean Parisot, with a cast that includes Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren, brings back the team of former CIA agents, as they use their old-school style to take on a new group of enemies in Europe.
Oblivion. April 12, 2013.
Apocalyptic film by Joseph Kosinski and Tom Cruise in front of a distant future trying to ensure the survival and future of the almost extindet mankind.
300: Rise of an Empire. August 9, 2013.
Second part of the Frank Miller classic histrionic directed by Noam Murro narrates the battle between an alliance of Greek cities against the Persian Empire in 480 BC. The facts simultaneously to elapse from the first film in the straits between the mainland and the island of Salamis, an island in the Saronic Gulf near Athens.
Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For. October 4, 2013.
The second of the comic book adaptations of Frank Miller is directed by Robert Rodriguez and the author who introduced us in the dark streets of Sin City. Dwight plans his vendetta against the woman who betrayed him, Ava Lord. Nancy on the other side, intents to overcome the death of Hartigan.
Zipi y Zape and Marble Club. October 4, 2013.
Oskar Santos presents the mythical and mischievous twins Zipi & Zape, a classic Spanish comic book created by Joseph Escobar. In this adventure the characters are sent to the center Reeducacional Hope and founded the marble club. In this center, almost a child jail, they discover a mysterious secret.