|Johnny Depp (left) breaks out the face paint and the resourceful headwear in The Lone Ranger.
Man of Steel
Just in case you were feeling a shortage of superheroes on your silver screen, Wednesday 26 June sees the latest in along line of franchise reboots, as Henry Cavill steps into the caped suit of Superman in Man of Steel. After the most recent revisiting of the character, 2006’s coolly received yet still impressive Superman Returns, here the iconic superhero is updated for 2013 audiences, has his back story retold and, most surprisingly, has his habit of wearing his smalls over his tights done away with.
Premieres 26 June
The Lone Ranger
Armie Hammer saddles up and dons the eye mask backed by Johnny Depp as his faithful native American companion, Tonto, in order to dispense justice in the Wild West. With Gore Verbinski in the director’s chair, rest assured that many of the big budget thrills of their previous collaborations will be in tact here, after the relatively small focus of their animated flick Rango (2011). Having endured a number of setbacks including various delays and the death of a crew member during production, the film finally charges bravely into a busy summer season.
Premieres 3 July
While greater comics there no doubt are out there in Holywoodland, the duo of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson still take some beating in the guilty pleasure stakes. Here they play a pair of ignoramuses who just happen to land themselves an internship at Google. Nonsense ensues.
Premieres 12 July
Now you see me
Boasting a cracking cast that includes the likes of Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine, here an FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. For those who want extra entertainment, Google ‘Morgan Freeman sleeps interview’, to witness the importance of a press junket to the Hollywood great.
Premieres 19 July
Pain & Gain
For those who are searching for more from their Michael Bay experience, here the king of explosions slashes his typically monstrous budget in order to tell the tale of a trio of bodybuilders in Florida who find themselves caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes somewhat pear-shaped by the final reel.
Premieres 9 August