Henry Cavill now takes the title role, and with a supporting cast of Michael Shannon as General Zod, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Russell Crowe as Krypton father Jor-El, and several more huge names, audiences can see that the ingredients are all there for another blockbuster.
Third claw's a charm?
Many were not too enthusiastic about the last "Wolverine" film, but when the idea was proposed to put Hugh Jackman up against ninja foes in Japan, the fanboy community became intrigued.
One of the most successful runs of the character's comic incarnation took place against a Tokyo backdrop. "Walk the Line" director James Mangold brings a classier edge to . . . well, a franchise featuring a mutant with weird hair and claws on his hands.
Previews have provided one hook for naysayers of the X-Men's most popular mutant: He loses that trusted healing factor, which has protected the character from any possibility of real danger throughout the X-films. How would a mortal Wolverine stack up against super-powered villains? That's on the mind of fans going into the film.
Oh yeah, don't forget the ninjas, too. "The Wolverine" opens July 26.
Lesser names, bigger punch?
The best comic book film of the year may not even be one of the highest profile entries.
"R.I.P.D.," based on a series described as "Men in Black" meets "Ghostbusters," crashes into theaters on June 28. The film proves that actors featured in comic book films are a recyclable lot. As Ryan Reynolds, an actor who has already portrayed superheroes in film, and Jeff Bridges, whom many would remember as the main adversary in "Iron Man," star in "R.I.P.D."
"Kick Ass 2," a follow-up to the 2010 adaptation of the series that follows a real teenager's path to heroism, adds new names to its credits, like comedic actor Jim Carrey and "Never Back Down" director Jeff Wadlow.
The film is joined in August by espionage-thriller "Red 2," another in the series about retired government agents pulled back into action.
Ever want to see Helen Mirren and Bruce Willis in an action movie together? Not many others asked for it, either, but the first film's success garnered one more comic adaptation with the return of Mirren, Willis and John Malkovich.
Sequel enthusiasts also have another "Sin City" film to look forward to after the summer in the form of "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" in October.
With consistently impressive numbers, it seems that comic book movies are part of a trend that will continue as long as the tickets are rolling. Fall's lineup implies that maybe the summer movie season isn't the only comic book season after all. Whether or not the genre's success will continue remains to be seen, as that question may be better answered in an inevitable future list of upcoming titles.