First looks at a sequel, a prequel and a reboot.


Is it too early to get excited about the summer movie season? Maybe so, but that’s not going to stop film studios from trying to build interest in their big-budget blockbusters, even though it might be over six months before they’re shown. Below are posters for three different 2013 summer films that were released this week and each is intriguing in its own right.


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The one-sheet for Monsters University does a fine job of showcasing the film’s well-known and lovable characters while reminding us of the sort of subtle humor (check out the titles of their textbooks) Pixar Studios built its reputation on. In my opinion, this is the one Pixar feature that I welcome a sequel to as I feel it’s their most fully realized movie and the one that continues to resonate emotionally some 12 years after its initial release.  Can’t wait for this one…









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Of the three, the poster for Star Trek: Into Darkness is the smartest.  Integrating the franchise’s familiar symbol in a clever way, the image runs against audience expectations by promising an earthbound adventure as opposed to a space opera.  We’ll have to wait and see if the final film holds true to this.  Either way, the quality of the 2009 reboot generated enough good will to make me eager to see where J.J. Abrams takes the crew of the Enterprise.









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Finally, Man of Steel proves to be the most intriguing of the bunch.  With Superman surrounded by military personnel and in shackles, this seems to make good on director Zack Snyder’s promise to play against expectations where the seminal character is concerned.  Unfortunately, with the director’s last two misfires (Watchmen and Sucker Punch), I am less than hopeful, though with Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy) producing, perhaps there is some hope.  

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