Top 10 Most Intriguing Films For Summer 2013

2012 gave us some memorable summer blockbusters with Skyfall, The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises grabbing the headlines. What’s in store for 2013? Top 10 Films takes a look…

2012 was an absolutely spectacular year for the cinema, and with many of last year’s best films now available in streaming services and on DVD and Blu-Ray, lots of film fans are excited to watch them at home. However, before you set your sights entirely on picking out a hit film from 2012 and curling up on the couch, you may want to take a look at what’s in store for the cinema in 2013. From highly anticipated sequels to intriguing adaptations, the summer of 2013 is full of potential hits. Here’s a look at ten of the most intriguing films for the summer that’s just around the corner.

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10. The Lone Ranger


Frankly, the trailers for this long-anticipated, semi-historical western adventure film have been a bit underwhelming. Additionally, Johnny Depp appears to be up to his slightly-too-familiar quirkiness in the role of Tonto. That said, however, Depp still draws a crowd, and the cast surrounding him is full of actors and actresses who tend to deliver: Armie Hammer will play John Reid (the Ranger), and Tom Wilkinson, Barry Pepper and Helena Bonham Carter will also appear. Plus, the last time Gore Verbinski started a franchise with Depp, we got the wildly popular original Pirates of the Caribbean!

9. The Wolverine

Top 10 Films Most Intriguing Films For Summer 2013
Of all of the comic book film franchises flooding cinemas these days, none has been more disjointed than the X-Men/Wolverine combination. It’s no longer very clear which films in this franchise are connected, which are spin-offs, and what order they’re to be taken in. But here’s what we know about “The Wolverine” – Hugh Jackman is massively muscular and apparently very angry. That ought to be enough to pack the box office.

8. The Hangover Part III

Top 10 Films Most Intriguing Films For Summer 2013
Many fans were a bit disappointed by Part II, simply because it followed more or less the same script as the original – just in a different setting. Regardless, the laughs were still there, and Part III promises to shake things up a bit for the finale. The trailers indicate that the gang will be heading back to Vegas to close the book on their hilarious and life-altering misfortunes.

7. World War Z

Top 10 Films Most Intriguing Films For Summer 2013
Brad Pitt stars as Gerry Lane in this adaptation of the popular book of the same title. Lane is a United Nations employee who seeks to stop the rapid and devastating zombie takeover that is threatening to cripple humanity as we know it. Given the combination of a popular book, a zombie theme (also wildly popular these days), and Hollywood’s biggest star, this seems like an automatic hit.

6. Fast & Furious 6

Top 10 Films Most Intriguing Films For Summer 2013
What was once a tired and drawn out franchise received a massive shot of adrenaline thanks to the success of Fast Five in 2011. The whole team is back for more in Fast & Furious 6 – Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, and, yes, The Rock – and it looks as if this latest installment is as adrenaline-packed as any of its predecessors. Diesel recently hinted that early reception to the 6th film has been so positive that a 7th is already in the works!

5. Star Trek Into Darkness

Top 10 Films Most Intriguing Films For Summer 2013
Barely a month before the film’s release, the plot and trailers for this latest Star Trek sequel remain clouded in relative secrecy. What we know is that 2009’s Star Trek reboot was extremely successful and Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) are back for more. Throw in Benedict Cumberbatch, whose turn as Sherlock Holmes in TV’s “Sherlock” led to worldwide fame, and this sequel looks quite promising, albeit mysterious.

4. 300: Rise Of An Empire

Top 10 Films Most Intriguing Films For Summer 2013
Kept largely in the dark until recently, this sequel to 300 is likely to become a very hot topic in cinema as the year progresses. Of course, most of our heroes from the original film perished at the Hot Gates, but some characters, such as Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) and Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) are returning, and the film will take on the same graphic novel in motion style of the original. 300 was masterful in part because it was so unique and unexpected, and a sequel can never achieve the same shock value – but fans will certainly pay to see more muscled Greeks facing down waves of Persians.

3. Iron Man 3

Top 10 Films Most Intriguing Films For Summer 2013
Iron Man 3 is almost here, and judging by trailers and early buzz, the franchise is taking a dark turn. It appears that we’ll finally see Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) down and out in this third film, and a bit of darkness might be just what this almost-too-goofy franchise needs to stay hot. Throw in a villain in The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) that is already getting very positive buzz, and Iron Man 3 is looking like a can’t-miss 2013 summer film.

2. The Great Gatsby

Top 10 Films Most Intriguing Films For Summer 2013
Gatsby has in the past proven to be a very difficult book to adapt, and Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 attempt looks to be the most daring and bold one yet. Expectations are actually quite low, as many people see The Great Gatsby as a book that simply shouldn’t be attempted in film – but with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, film fans can’t help but be intrigued. Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan will also star as Nick Carraway and Daisy Buchanan, respectively, and we’ll see if this excellent crew can finally achieve the extremely unlikely: make one of modern history’s best books a wonderful film.

1. Man Of Steel

Top 10 Films Most Intriguing Films For Summer 2013
One thing that made Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy so interesting and successful was that Batman was truly a flawed and vulnerable hero. This is where, to many fans, Superman has never stood up as an intriguing character – he often seems to lack vulnerability. “Man Of Steel” will be the latest attempt to bring Superman to life on the screen, and it looks to be the most serious – and most real – attempt in a very long time. Directed by Zack Snyder and executive produced by Christopher Nolan himself, the film stars Henry Cavill as Superman, with a supporting cast featuring Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, and Russell Crowe. It certainly seems that if Superman is ever going to enjoy the success of Batman on screen, this is the film in which he will do so – and that makes “Man Of Steel” possibly the most intriguing summer film of 2013.
Read our review of Man of Steel here

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What films are you looking forward to?

Written and compiled by Rory Fish.

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  1. Erik Reply

    Glad to see the Great Gatsby on the list. I am very excited about that as it has Carey Mulligan. :)
    the rest of the list is great too, especially FF6, Superman and the Wolverine.

  2. ruth Reply

    Glad to see Man of Steel as number one, that’s my MOST anticipated film of the whole year too. Wolverine, Star Trek 2, Great Gatsby and Lone Ranger would round up my top 5. Not excited about the rest.

  3. Mark Reply

    Six sequels and three remakes!!?? … thank God for the zombie movie.

    Watched the 1974 version of Gatsby on TV last week …. so dull. Somebody should have least hypnotised the actors rather than having them act in comatose mode.

    Whether Baz can fix it with a few dance numbers might make interesting viewing, but I’m not holding my breath …

  4. Dan Reply

    The Gatsby movie is a tough call. The smart money is on it not working but you never know. Perhaps a love-it or hate-it kind of film.

    Man Of Steel is my most anticipated film of the year while World War Z looks interesting but the delays in it coming out worry me somewhat.

    I definitely have no interest in films like Fast and Furious 6. We’re so over-stuffed with sequels that some might think World War Z (“zee” or “zed”) is the 26th film and it began with World War A!

  5. Pete Turner (@ilovethatfilm) Reply

    High hopes for Iron Man 3, World War Z and the Great Gatsby. World War Z better be good but I’m going to keep expectations sensible because it might be a total wash out. Man of Steel has me very curious too even though I’ve never been much of a fan of Superman.

  6. Evan Crean Reply

    I’ve never really been big into Superman so I’m not that exited about the new one even if Nolan is involved. I’m also just so burned out on the trailers for The Great Gatsby at this point that I barely care about seeing it now. Star Trek Into Darkness is the one I’m most looking forward to this summer. I thought J.J. Abrams did an amazing job rebooting the franchise with the last one and I’m a huge fan of his work. My next most anticipated flick is Iron Man 3. I’ve loved the franchise to-date and I’m thrilled that one of my favorite screenwriters Shane Black is at the helm. I think there’s potential to darken the tone of the series while still delivering plenty of laughs.

    My curiosity about The Lone Ranger and The Wolverine is mostly a morbid one. I want to see if they’re as bad as I’m expecting they’ll be. Although I think it will be pretty hard to cock it up worse with Wolverine than X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I’m really hoping that the third Hangover movie does something different than II. I’m cautiously optimistic about World War Z. I love the book and I’m nervous to see how the the film will turn out especially with its delays and re-shoots. I’m not in live with the Fast & Furious movies, but I think the 6th one has potential to be over-the-top, mindless fun.

  7. Jaina Reply

    I’m concerned over World War Z – enjoyed the book, but the film looks to be just taking it as a jumping point. More excited than I thought I’d ever be for a Fast & Furious film, but the 4th and especially 5th ones have been fantastic action flicks. Here’s hoping this one follows suit.

    I’m looking forward to The Lone Ranger too. Gore Verbinski had fun with the whole western thing in Rango, why not in live action too?

    It’s a shame there’s no original film here. All sequels, remakes or adapted from something else.

  8. Dan Reply

    @Jaina: The worry with World War Z for me is how it has been delayed for so long. It might not be worth reading too much into that but does the studio have any confidence in it?

  9. Dan Reply

    @Evan: I must admit to being a fan of Richard Donner’s Superman and I liked the more recent version. However, with Nolan involved with this one, I’m really looking forward to it.

  10. Fogs' Movie Reviews Reply

    Solid list Rory… I dont know if I’m looking forward to Lone Ranger that much, and honestly, I haven’t liked the look of the World War Z zombies, but there’s no denying that these ten are the biggest and brightest of the upcoming summer slate!

  11. Bill Thompson Reply

    Interesting list, I’m honestly only interested in Man of Steel and Iron Man 3 from that list. Maybe it’s because I’m not much of a “have to see it when it’s new in theaters” kind of guy, but there’s very rarely anything that I get amped to see in the theaters. Man of Steel is the lone exception this year (I’m interested in Iron Man 3 but I’ll probably wait to see it at a later date), as well as whatever animated feature is being released from Pixar, Disney, or Ghibli.

  12. Dan Reply

    @Bill: I’m the same. Rarely these days do I rush out to see the latest blockbuster but Man of Steel is definitely topping my radar. I think we’ll see this list – by the end of the year – mimicking the highest grosses of 2013 (but unfortunately, I’m sure they’ll be some real stinkers).

  13. Dan Grant Reply

    Solid list….another one that intrigues me is Elysium. It has a really good look to it and the trailer is really good imo. And even though it’s just before summer, Pain and Gain is really looking good too.

  14. Rodney Reply

    Thanks for the link, Dan. Of all the films on this list, about the only one I’m actually not really worried about is Hangover III. The rest? Can’t wait. Hangover III? meh. Star Trek 2 is higher on my list than most of the others here, while Man of Steel ranks pretty highly too…..

    What surprises me about this list, and the comments below it, is that nobody’s at all concerned about Pacific Rim…. Now THAT’S going to be the film to beat this summer.

  15. Dan Grant Reply

    I don’t see what is so great about Pacific Rim. It looks like Battleship meets Godzilla. Not overly interested in it.

  16. Lindsay Reply

    I am very interested in how Gatsby will turn out. I don’t necessarily have high hopes or expectations but I’m very intrigued.

    I have a feeling WWZ will not turn out well.

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