STILLWATER, Okla. — Another highly anticipated summer movie season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by breaking down some of the year’s most-anticipated films? Because summer movies are so formulaic, we’ve categorized films into six genres that accurately sum up this season’s lineup. Enjoy.
The May 6 release of superhero epic “Thor” marked the official beginning of the summer movie season, but there are many more super hero films — rightly or wrongly — that will rake at the box office.
• X-Men: First Class (June 3): The fifth movie in the “X-Men” saga is actually a prequel to the original three films of the series, tracing the roots of protagonist Professor X and his one-time friend Magneto. It’s a shame to see this franchise hobble onward. After all, it was among the first superhero films to effectively incorporate gritty realism and social elements into its plot. 2 of 5 stars
• Green Lantern (June 17): Where “Thor” succeeded, Ryan Reynolds’ superhero tights debut fails to draw the same anticipation. Any realism, which is now such a necessary component of modern superhero films, seems to be lacking. It appears eerily reminiscent of the late-1990s Joel Schumacher “Batman” films — and that’s not a compliment. 1 of 5 stars
• Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (July 15): Super powers help the wizard kid wonder qualify as a superhero this summer. Even those who do not follow this series should know when to make way for the “Potter” cult following. Anyone who has lasted this long is certainly drooling in anticipation for this series finale. 4 of 5 stars
• Captain America: The First Avenger (July 22): This could be the superhero movie that takes the cake this summer. It has all the components of a superhero blockbuster: Patriotism, historical fiction and a David-turned-Goliath storyline. The cinematography also looks stunning, making this a must-see movie in the theater. 5 of 5 stars
• Conan the Barbarian (August 19): This movie was inevitable, but it could not have been more poorly timed. Everyone should be exhausted with superhero reboots by the time this film premieres. Sorry, Conan. 2 of 5 stars