And now for another round of BEYOND FRIGHT!

For me, one of the great loves of mine while growing up besides our beloved horror genre was comic books. So how can the fanboy in me not be excited by the bevy of comic related movies coming out this summer?! Here’s a look at a handful of trailers that dropped in the last week that are bound to keep things hot this summer for sure.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES – What’s being touted as filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s final chapter in the Dark Knight legend, The Dark Knight Rises just unveiled the third and final trailer for the upcoming July 20th theatrical release. I actually initially posted on my Facebook about being slightly underwhelmed by the trailers for this last Batman film; mind you I think it looks terrific, but compared to the promotional campaign for The Dark Knight with all the Joker teases, I’m keeping my expectations somewhat curbed. I will say this – this new trailer played before THE AVENGERS earlier today and it was a whole different experience seeing it on the big screen with that beautiful new score by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard. Check it out below, crank your sound system and keep your eyes on Joseph Gordon-Levitt. If you’ve read “Knightfall”, I have a sneaky suspicion he may be an Azrael-esque character in this flick if ya know what I mean. Calling it now!

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN – I love Spider-Man. He’s one of my all time favorite characters.  I saw Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man 7 times in theaters, the first 4 times within the first 24 hours of its release, so I’m not too keen on the idea of reliving his origin story so soon after the last movie, nor of the idea that they’ve drastically changed his origin as implied in this trailer, but here’s what I am looking forward to – Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. Spider-Man actually having a sense of humor and delivering quips. And seeing him swing through Manhattan in 3D. Once again, this trailer doesn’t do the movie justice unless it’s seen on the big screen and in 3D, but for now, it’ll have to do. It’s in theaters July 3rd.

THE EXPENDABLES 2 – Ah, a lot of people seem to be really, really excited for EXPENDABLES 2. I am not one of those people. I am sincerely one of Sylvester Stallone’s biggest fans. If you look at his work as a writer, director and actor in both Rock Balboa and Rambo, I think it’s among the best stuff he’s ever done and it shows the prolific filmmaker at the top of his game. Hell, they also both close out each of those respective franchises in the best possible way. And for a while there, he was going to follow it up with a remake of DEATH WISH, which I think would’ve made him 3 for 3. Instead he made THE EXPENDABLES, which is a tremendous disappointment on every level and only gets worse on repeat viewings. This new one doesn’t bode any better. (Sorry, Arnold, none of us care that you’re “back”.) Regardless, here’s the latest trailer for those of you that are stoked. It arrives in theaters August 17th.

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION – Did anyone actually like the original G.I. JOE movie?! I’m sure it has its fans. And hell, I grew up more a TRANSFORMERS kid rather than a G.I. JOE kid (don’t get me started on those movies), but I’ll be damned… this looks like a lot of fun! The Rock? Bruce Willis? Cobra Commander?! ‘Nuff said. This one drops June 29th.

Additional movie info:

“The Dark Knight Rises” in theaters July 20. Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar(R) winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar(R) winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar(R) winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar(R) winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.

“The Amazing Spider-Man” in theaters July 3. One of the world’s most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in The Amazing Spider-Man. Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the new film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

“The Expendables 2” in theaters August 17. Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren),Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) — with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard — are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time – six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that’s nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother.

“GI Joe: Retaliation” in theaters June 29. In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, from a screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe® characters.

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