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Top 10 Geek Moments of 2012

By Jon Hall,
From Spiderman to Star Wars, the countdown of the biggest geek announcements

2012 has been a huge year for comic book films, sci-fi fantasy, and nerd culture in general. In addition to major releases such as The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spiderman, huge announcements have been made for upcoming projects. This list will countdown the top 10 made this year, so far.

10. Disney to produce Star Wars 7-12

The huge headline that George Lucas sold the Lucas Empire to Disney, announced less than a month ago, is already spreading rumors about titles, plots, and even casting.
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As a self-proclaimed Star Wars fanatic, this news was definitely exciting, so why is it only number 10? Between the huge letdown of the second prequel trilogy and the family reputation Disney is notorious for, will the films be able to succeed even if an all-star director signs on? After all, Disney's John Carter was one of the biggest flops of the year, and George Lucas himself cited the novel version as inspiration for Star Wars.

9. Jamie Foxx spreads rumors of the next Amazing Spiderman villain

Director Marc Webb has announced that Jamie Foxx has been cast in the sequel to this year's The Amazing Spiderman with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. The big news though, is that Foxx is rumored to play Electro.

"Dressed up as Electro for Halloween last night. Costume fits well," Foxx tweeted.

Not familiar with Electro? He made IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time, pulling the number 87. Unfortunately, since this is all still rumored, it only makes the number 9 spot here.
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8. Green Arrow hits primetime

Arrow on the CW is taking a Smallville take on the Green Arrow. While the over-intensified drama may take away some of the comic book fans in exchange for teenage girls, it is still the first live-action take on the under-utilized Green Arrow from DC folklore.
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7. The Wolverine is coming 2013

Hugh Jackman is set to reprise his role of Wolverine in the 2013 film The Wolverine. Perhaps the most iconic Marvel character, Jackman has always fit the role, from the sideburns and crazy hair to the bulging muscles. The big draw to the original Wolverine film was that it gave screen time to many fan favorite mutants that never saw action in the original X-Men films. Gambit and Deadpool both made their film debut. Jean Grey, the Silver Samurai, and Viper are rumored to be in the next installment.
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6. Iron Man 3

Robert Downey Jr. is back as Tony Stark in his first solo movie since joining the Marvel supergroup in The Avengers. Since publicly announcing his identity, Stark has to deal with many issues not normally associated with superheroes. Ben Kingsley is cast as Mandarin, the villain in the film, but from the trailer it seems that Stark is dealing with internal conflicts similar to Batman in the Christopher Nolan adaptation. Iron Man 3 releases May of 2013.
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5. Kickass 2 in production, Nicholas Cage included

Kickass showed what would happen if superheroes existed in real life, sort of. This "realistic" take on comic book heroes in the real world had box office success and more importantly it showed heroes acting more like vigilantes using weapons and violence in a believable way. Most importantly, Nicholas Cage is back, according to IMDB. Despite what you saw in Wicker Man it seems Cage can survived being burned alive, at least in Kickass.
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4. Man of Steel finally set to release

After a lawsuit by the Superman creator's children threatened to cancel Superman's return to the silver screen, it seemed unlikely that Zack Snyder's Man of Steel would ever see the light of day. However, the film, executive produced by Christopher Nolan, will finally release June of next year.

In addition to being produced by Nolan, who can excel in presenting fantasy and heroes in a believable, realistic way, Snyder will take on Superman's dark side, being neglected by his parents, and fighting to save a race bent on self-destruction. This also marks Kevin Costner's return to film.
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3. Original X-Men director will direct sequel to X-Men First Class

Bryan Singer has taken over the reigns for X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to X-Men First Class. Both Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender are returning to the film. Singer directed the first two original X-men movies, however he took the producer role for the new generation. His first X-Men movies set the bar for the modern superhero, showing the more real and conflicted hero rather than the black and white cookie cutter hero we saw in the past.
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2. Justice League announced

To compete with the Avengers, DC's Justice League has finally been green lit. The same hang up with the Man of Steel threatened the project, however now the film will finally be produced and released 2015. Batman, Superman, and the other DC heroes may not be as memorable as Marvel, however DC has always had the upper hand on the villains. Dr. Freeze, the Joker, Bizarro, DarkSeid, hopefully Warner can fulfill expectations.
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1. Thanos will take on The Avengers in the sequel

If you stuck around for the after credits scene in the summer blockbuster The Avengers, you saw the face and dimly lit eyes of a mysterious villain. Well this villain is the iconic Thanos. While the details of the next Avengers film are scarce, Thanos' involvement is definite.

Thanos is a Marvel super-villain literally in love with Death. In the comic books, he is sent to the ends of the universe where he meets Death herself, and he has spent the rest of his time killing entire planets in order to court her. His Infinity Gauntlet in the comic series makes him literally omnipotent, and he kills half of the entire universe. In the comic book, he conquers the Avengers, in addition to the X-men and the Fantastic Four. Thanos literally ended comic series (however alternate series arise). What will he do for the film?

 
 

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