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Rambo (January 25)

Technically this could be considered a comic-based movie since Blackthorne Publishing did a couple Rambo comics in 1988

Studio: Lionsgate Film

Stars: Sylvester Stallon have been, Julie Benz, Matthew Mardsen

Directed (and co-written) by Sylvester Stallone

Synopsis: John Rambo in Thailand gets sucked back into a life of violence, doing what he does best.

Budget: 50 million

Opening Weekend (U.S.): $18,203,876



Jumper (February 14)

Prequel graphic novel, [[Jumper: Jumpscars:vol:20600]], released by Oni Press

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Stars: Hayden Christenson, Samuel L. Jackson, Rachel Bilson

Directed by Doug Liman

Synopsis: A young man discovers that he genetically has the ability to teleport wherever he wishes. He soon finds out that this is an ability others possess and that there's been a war waging for centuries against the "Jumpers."

Budget: $85 million

Opening Weekend (U.S.): $27,354,808


Superhero Movie (March 28)

No comic, obviously. A spoof of comic films

Studio: Dimension Films

Stars: Leslie Nielson

Directed by Craig Mazin

Synopsis: Spoofs on recent Superhero films. Is there really a story?

Budget: $35 million

Opening Weekend (U.S.): $9,510,297




Iron Man (May 2)

Studio: Paramount/Marvel Studios

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrance Howard, Jeff Bridges

Directed by Jon Favreau

Synopsis: The origin of Iron Man as he goes up against Obadiah Stane. Tony Stark is in the weapons business and has a change of heart, literally. He decides to change his company's goals much to the dismay of his father figure, Obadiah Stane.

The movie also sets up a sequel, including an Avengers movie in the future.

Budget: $135 million

Opening weekend (U.S.): $98,618,668


Speed Racer (May 9)

There have been several Manga versions since 1967 and Speed Racer by Now Comics, Speed Racer by Wildstorm, and currently [[Speed Racer: Chronicles of the Racer:vol:20449]] by IDW.

Studio: Warner Bros.

Stars: Emil Hirsch, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Christina Ricci, Matthew Fox

Directed by the Wachowski Brothers

Synopsis: The story of Speed Racer becoming the world's greatest racer and fighting the evil corporations that want nothing but to exploit him for all he's worth.

The movie also reveals the past of Racer X.

A high budget and lack-luster box office may squash any chance of a sequel.

Budget: $120 million

Opening weekend (U.S.): $18,561,337


Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (May 22)

Several volumes of Indiana Jones have been released by Marvel Comics and more recently Dark Horse Comics.



Stars: Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeof, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Synopsis: Set in 1957, Indiana Jones embarks on another mission and discovers that he has a son. The movie also sees the return of Indy's love. Will he ever settle down? What about the future of this franchise? Will it go in a new direction?

Budget: $185 million

Opening weekend (U.S.): $100,137,835



The Incredible Hulk (June 13)

Studio: Universal/Marvel Studios

Stars: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt

Directed by Louis Leterrier

Synopsis: Bruce Banner continues to run from the US Army in trying to find a cure for himself while the Army simple wants to use him to produce Incredible soldiers.

General Thunderbolt Ross and Abomination appear along with Betty Ross.

The movie isn't a true sequel of Ang Lee's film.

Budget: $130 million

Opening weekend (U.S.): $54.5 million


Wanted (June 27)

Adapted from Wanted by Mark Millar

Studio: Universal

Stars: James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, Angelina Jolie

Directed by Timur Bekmambetov

Synopsis: Wesley Gibson discovers that his father was part of a group of assassins and he is brought into their world of killing.

The use of the term "superheroes" was taken out of the script early in production. This was before the recent superhero craze hit. Despite this, the movie is extremely faithful to the comic. Even Mark Millar himself was surprised and impressed with the way it came out.

Budget: $75 million

Opening Weekend (U.S.): $50,927,085


Hancock (July 2)

Not based on a comic but all about a super-powered individual. It would seem that a comic adaption could easily result out of this. Will a comic company jump on this and try to secure the rights?

Studio: Universal

Stars: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman

Directed by Peter Berg

Synopsis: What if there was an actual person with super-powers? Would they use their powers for good or for personal gain? Hancock appears to be a drunk that does what he wants to do when he wants to.

Can Hancock see how he should properly use his powers to help the world? Can he earn the respect of the world after all his stunts?

Budget: $150 million

Opening Weekend (U.S.): $62,603,879

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (July 11)

The sequel to the first Hellboy movie, based on the characters created by Mike Mignola

Studio: Universal

Stars: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Jeffrey Timber, John Hurt

Directed by Guillermo del Toro

Synopsis: Hellboy and the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense must fight evil forces that threaten the world.

Budget: $75 million




The Dark Knight (July 18)

The next installment of Batman.

Studio: Warner Bros.

Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Synopsis: Batman must fight the Joker when he arrives in Gotham. Rumors say that Scarecrow may be putting in an appearance. Also things do not look too good for District Attorney, Harvey Dent. The film may see the birth of Two-Face

Budget: $180 million


The X-Files: I Want To Believe (July 25)

This marks the second film for the X-Files. TOPPS Comics released an X-Files comics during the show's prime.

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Xzibit

Directed by Chris Carter

Synopsis: It's been a long time since we've last seen Mulder and Scully. Details of the movie's plot are classified until the movie's release.




The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (August 1)


The third movie in the Mummy franchise.  IDW Publishing has recently been publishing a comic based on Brendan Fraser's character http://www.comicvine.com/rick-oconnell/29-55851/

Studio: Universal

Stars: Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, Michelle Yeoh

Directed by Rob Cohen

Synopsis:  Explorer Rick O'Connell, along with his wife (now played by Maria Bello) and son get sucked into an adventure in defeating a resurrected Emperor (played by Jet Li) that is determined to rule the world.

Budget: $175 million


Star Wars: The Clone Wars (August 15)

Will the stories in Star Wars Clone Wars Adventures be wiped out as a result of this series?

Studio: Warner Bros.

Stars: Voices of Anthony Daniels and Samuel L. Jackson (among others)

Directed by Dave Filoni

Synopsis: Set in between Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the movie will set things up for the upcoming series on the Cartoon Network (hence the reason it will be released by Warner Bros. rather than 20th Century Fox).





Punisher: War Zone (December 5)

More bullets and mayhem following the "adventures" of the Punisher.

Studio: Lionsgate Films

Stars: Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Wayne Knight (as Microchip!), Julie Benz

Directed by Lexi Alexander

Synopsis: Said to be inspired by Garth Ennis's storyline, "Welcome Back Frank," the movie will see Frank going up against Jigsaw.






The Spirit (December 25)

Based on Will Eisner's character, Denny Colt, known as The Spirit

Studio: Lionsgate Films

Stars: Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johanssen, Eva Mendes, Jaime King

Directed by Frank Miller

Synopsis: Frank Miller directs the tale of former private investigator Denny Colt who returns from the dead and takes on the guise of the Spirit to fight crime. It is said that the film will not feature a telling of the origin but rather, the Spirit will already be established from the opening.

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