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Dark Knight Ripple Effect: Dark Summer Movies

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 7, 2009 at 5:43AM

It's not like the Terminator franchise was ever light, exactly. But in the post-Dark Knight era, summer action movies--even Star Trek--are trending dark and edgy, and Terminator Salvation, Angels & Demons, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen certainly fit the bill. Word on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is that's darker than any of its predecessors.
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It's not like the Terminator franchise was ever light, exactly. But in the post-Dark Knight era, summer action movies--even Star Trek--are trending dark and edgy, and Terminator Salvation, Angels & Demons, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen certainly fit the bill. Word on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is that's darker than any of its predecessors.

On the other hand, word on Mummy director Stephen Sommers' G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, about a unit of soldiers on a mission to save the world from an evil mastermind, is that it's strictly summer popcorn fare. UPDATE: Here's the trailer, complete with toppling Eiffel Tower. Sommers is still playing with pixels. And the Super Bowl spot:

And here's the latest Terminator trailer:

Which one do you most want to see? It's going to be a fiercely competitive summer. Vote for your most anticipated summer action movie:

Which summer actioner do you most want to see?
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Terminator Salvation
Angels and Demons
Star Trek
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
The Taking of Pelham 123
Public Enemies
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
District 9
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Inglourious Basterds
  
pollcode.com free polls


This article is related to: Box Office, Franchises, Summer Movies, Summer, Star Trek, Batman, Terminator


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.