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2013 Comic Book Movie Preview

It's a Bird, It's a Plane...No, It's 2013's Comic Book-Inspired Films

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The Man of Steel returns in Man of Steel, normal people take justice into their own hands again in Kick-Ass 2, retired CIA agents are back on the job, and billionaire Tony Stark takes to the skies once more to battle bad guys as part of 2013's crop of films based on comic books or graphic novels.

'Bullet to the Head'

Bullet to the Head
© Warner Bros Pictures

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater, and Sung Kang

The Plot: Based on a graphic novel, Bullet to the Head tells the story of a New Orleans hitman (Stallone) and a Washington D.C. cop (Kang) who form an alliance to bring down the killers of their respective partners.

Release Date: February 1, 2013

'Iron Man 3'

Iron Man 3
© Marvel Studios/Disney

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Don Cheadle, and Gwyneth Paltrow

The Plot: Marvel’s Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Release Date: May 3, 2013

'Kick-Ass 2'

Starring: Chloe Moretz, Aaron Johnson-Taylor, Jim Carrey and Christopher Mintz-Plasse

The Plot: Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010's irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass' (Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Moretz) can prevent their annihilation.

When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world's first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she's forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes.

Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world's first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there's only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.

Release Date: June 28, 2013

'Man of Steel'

Man of Steel
© Warner Bros Pictures

Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, and Kevin Costner

The Plot: A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Release Date: June 14, 2013

'R.I.P.D'

RIPD
© Universal Pictures

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, and Stephanie Szostak

The Plot: Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline the 3D supernatural action-adventure R.I.P.D. as two cops dispatched by the otherworldly Rest In Peace Department to protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side.

Veteran sheriff Roy Pulsifer (Bridges) has spent his career with the legendary police force known as R.I.P.D. tracking monstrous spirits who are cleverly disguised as ordinary people. His mission? To arrest and bring to justice a special brand of criminals trying to escape final judgment by hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth.

Once the wise-cracking Roy is assigned former rising-star detective Nick Walker (Reynolds) as his junior officer, the new partners have to turn grudging respect into top-notch teamwork. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, two of R.I.P.D.'s finest must miraculously restore the cosmic balance...or watch the tunnel to the afterlife begin sending angry souls the very wrong way.

Release Date: July 19, 2013

'Red 2'

Red 2
© 2013 Summit Entertainment, LLC.

Starring: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary-Louise Parker, and Helen Mirren

The Plot: Red 2 brings back the team of retired CIA operatives as they use their old-school style to take on a new set of enemies all across Europe.

Release Date: August 2, 2013

'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'

Sin City A Dame to Kill For
© Dark Horse

Starring: Clive Owen, Jaime King, Jamie Chung, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke and Michael Madsen

The Plot of Frank Miller's Comic: Stuck with nothing but a seedy gumshoe job and some demons, Dwight's thinking of all the ways he's screwed up and what he'd give for one clear chance to wipe the slate clean, to dig his way out of the numb gray hell that is his life. And he'd give anything. Just to feel the fire. One more time. But he can't let himself lose control again, can't ever let the monster out. And then Ava calls.

Release Date: October 4, 2013

'Thor: The Dark World'

Thor the Dark World
© Marvel Studios

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins

The Plot: Marvel's Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's Thor and Marvel's The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Release Date: November 8, 2013

'The Wolverine'

The Wolverine
© 20th Century Fox

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, and Hiroyuki Sanada

The Plot: Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.

Release Date: July 26, 2013

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