Top 20 Most Anticipated Genre Films in 2012

When it’s difficult to pick number one for a list, you know your list is amazing. And that’s exactly what this list of 2012 SFF films is: extremely amazing. There are so many great genre movies coming out next year that we almost didn’t manage to finish this article in time; we kept rewatching all the epic trailers. In the end, we simply decided to include all the trailers for you to enjoy them as well.

With films like Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, and Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, this isn’t just a battle of epic films, it’s a battle of epic directors as well. Add a couple of promising outsiders like The Amazing Spider-Man, Disney’s John Carter, and the adaption of Suzanne Collin’s novel The Hunger Games, and the fight is on for real.

Which movie will win the title of best genre film, only time can tell; but for now, we have attempted to collect all promising ones into this list of twenty most anticipated films of 2012. While the order will most definitely be debated, this is what we came up with after careful deliberation and meditation. It’s close, though… So extremely close!

Without further ado, here are The Ranting Dragon’s twenty most anticipated 2012 genre films, composed by Stephan and Ashik. All release dates are American dates, but you can click the IMDb button with each film for your local release date.


1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth on the 14th December with the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Part 1 of 2), an epic adventure based on Tolkien’s epic The Hobbit. Bilbo Baggins is a perfectly respectable hobbit living in a perfectly respectable home until Gandalf sweeps him up on an adventure with a dozen dwarves to retrieve ancient treasure and lands from the dragon Smaug.
2. The Dark Knight Rises
On July 20, Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy will finally get its long-awaited conclusion with The Dark Knight Rises. Batman is back, eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, when terrorist leader Bane arrives in Gotham City and forces our hero out of hiding.
3. The Avengers
The Avengers assemble on the 4th of May to fight evil in blockbuster fashion. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow are The Avengers and have to save Earth from total annihilation by extraterrestrials. Samuel L. Jackson’s there too, as their badass leader, Nick Fury.
4. John Carter
Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ century-old classic A Princess of Mars, first book in the Barsoom series, Disney’s John Carter may well be the most spectacular science fiction film since Revenge of the Sith. Coming out on March 9, this film features a Civil War veteran who finds himself on a different planet, held prisoner by barbaric aliens.
5. The Hunger Games
In a dystopian future where the Capitol takes one boy and one girl from each of the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers in the place of her sister. Gather in the square on the 23rd of March for the reaping. The Hunger Games is based on the popular young adult novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins.
6. The Amazing Spider-Man
The Amazing Spider-Man promises to be a darker, edgier Spiderman reboot by the creators of the previous trilogy. This new film, coming out on July 3, will reveal the previously untold story of Peter Parker’s school years in which he battles both human and superhuman problems—a premise that could either be a huge hit or a huge failure.
7. Brave
Merida is a Scottish princess, a talented archer and an impetuous daughter who brings chaos to her lands and must set out to undo a curse. Pixar Studios has a great record for creating films that appeal to all age groups, so we anticipate something great on the 22nd of June.
8. Men in Black III
On May 25, Will Smith goes back in time. Not only does he revisit his old success with Men in Black—after all, the last film came out in 2002—his character, Agent J, also goes back in time to the sixties, as an alien poses a threat to Agent K and humanity.
9. Prometheus
Prelude to classic science fiction film Aliens, Prometheus is scheduled for release on the 8th of June and shows a team of explorers discovering the origins of life on Earth and journeying into the terrifying darkness of space.
10. MS One – Maximum Security
What happens if you cross The Rock with Pitch Black? You get MS One, released on April 20, a science fiction thriller in which a wrongly accused man gets the chance to redeem himself by rescuing the First Daughter from a maximum security prison in outer space.
11. Snow White and the Huntsman
The upcoming year will be the year of Snow White, with two films centered around this fairy tale princess. Of these two, Snow White and the Huntsman, coming out on June 1, definitely promises to be the darker one—that is, if Kristen Stewart doesn’t turn it into a whine-fest. Regardless, with the epic trailer below, expectations are high.
12. Battleship
Apparently there are not enough alien invasion films yet, at least not ones based on board games. Battleship releases on the 18th of May and will no doubt feature a fleet of ships battling aliens on the water. Is Connect Four next? The upside—Liam Neeson!
13. Jack the Giant Killer
Snow White and the Huntsman will not be the only dark fairy tale coming out this year. Coming out on June 15, Jack the Giant Killer, too, promises to feature an edgy, modern retelling with spectacular special effects and epic battles as the long-standing peace between men and giants is threatened.
14. Total Recall
On August 3, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1990 science fiction hit Total Recall will get a more modern reboot starring Colin Farrell. Unfortunately, not a lot is known about this reboot yet, but any film with the title Total Recall deserves a spot on this list! While there isn’t a trailer yet, the YouTube video below offers a little sneak peek.
15. Wrath of the Titans
The Greek gods and demigods are back in Clash of the Titans sequel Wrath of the Titans, coming out on March 30. Clash of the Titans was definitely a decent epos, but judging by its trailer, Wrath of the Titans promises to be even better. Take a look for yourself below.
16. Mirror Mirror
Hollywood is really just messing with us. See, they’re testing how much we can take. Two films, based on the exact same story, spaced only two and a bit months apart, each telling the tale of Snow White. This film appears to take a more comedic edge than Snow White and the Huntsman will, but we shall see on the 16th of March.
17. World War Z
Next Christmas will be a time of zombies, when the first self-respecting zombie film (oh, I can hope, right?), World War Z, comes out, starring Brad Pitt as a UN Representative interviewing survivors of the zombie war. While the trailer below is fake, it’s still an entertaining glimpse of what may be. This film is based on the post-apocalyptic horror by Max Brooks, who also wrote The Zombie Survival Guide.
18. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Johnny Blaze is back. Flames, motorbikes and demonic fight scenes blur together as he sets out through Eastern Europe to stop the devil from taking human form. The film releases on the 17th of February.
19. Underworld Awakening
The war is back. Kate Beckinsale reprises her Underworld role as Selene, but this time the humans are in on the war and there’s a hybrid child on the loose. Black leather, poor lighting and crazily acrobatic fight scenes are expected on the 20th of January.
20. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
For some reason, this G.I. Joe actually got us pretty excited. Maybe it’s the ninjas, the extremely intense action sequences, or the fact that Bruce Willis is in it. This time the G.I. Joe team face off against Zartan and his evil network. Set to release on the 29th of June, G.I. Joe: Retaliation promises simple and exciting blockbuster fun.


Here’s to an amazing year of speculative fiction on the big screen! Of course, we couldn’t fit all of next year’s movies into one list. Some of the honorable mentions include Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Ice Age: Continental Drift, The Lorax, and The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Obviously, Twilight: Breaking Dawn II has to be acknowledged as well; let’s call that the dishonorable mention.

Did you like the list? Any additions or comments on our ranking? Feel free to leave a comment below or discuss the 2012 genre films on our forums with us!

Have a great year on the edge of your seat, with optional 3D glasses on your nose.

About Stephan van Velzen

Stephan van Velzen
A 31 year-old Communications student, Stephan loves publicity and design, particularly web design. When he’s not designing websites, he can be found in a comfy chair reading a fantasy book. In The Ranting Dragon, he has found a way to combine these passions and discover a new love for writing to boot. Stephan lives in a small town in The Netherlands with his wife Rebecca, an editor for The Ranting Dragon, and their two cats.

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  1. Wow, it looks like a lot of good genre films are coming out next year! I need to start planning my theater budget now 😮

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