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Looking Ahead to Next Summer

With July 4th now behind us we're nearing the end of the big summer movie season. There's still a few big films left (like the 5th adventure of certain teenage wizard) but for the most part the studios have rolled out most of their big summer blockbusters. And of course they're already hard at work to bring movie goers they're next batch of summer thrills. There's some very intrgiung films being made right now that will hit the big screen in the summer of 2008: The Dark Knight- This is the sequel to Batman Begins and continues the direction that was established with that film. Director Christopher Nolan returns along with Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Michael Caine as his loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as Lieutenant Gordon, and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. The Rachel Dawes character returns but will be played by Maggie Gyllenhall instead of Katie Holmes. As hinted by the end of the first film The Dark Knight will chronicle Batman's first encounter with the man who will dub himself the Clown Prince of Crime, the disfigured psychopath known as the Joker, who will be played by Heath Ledger. Aaron Eckhart plays Distirct Attorney Harvey Dent, who as Batman fans know will one day become the villain known as Two-Face. Iron Man- This film based on the Marvel Comics character follows the exploits of Tony Stark a brillaint weapons designer and wealthy playboy businessmen whose injury in a war torn country causes him to reevaluate the way he sees the world. Because of this Stark creates the Iron Man armor a high tech battlesuit that will allow him to combat injustice. Robert Downey Jr. Plays Tony Stark/Iron Man. Terrence Howard plays James Rhodes, an airforce veteran who becomes Stark's righthand man. Gwyneth Paltrow plays Virginia "Pepper" Potts Stark's secretary. Jeff Bridges plays shady meglomanical millionare Obadiah Stane who in the comics donned a battle suit of his own creation and fought Stark as the Iron Monger. The film is directed by John Favreau The Incredible Hulk- This film will have no connection to the previous Hulk film and sets up a new status quo. This time around Edward Norton will play Bruce Banner, the scientist who after an exposure to Gamma Radiation becomes the Hulk whenever he gets angry. Liv Tyler will play Betty Ross, the woman who has caught Banner's heart and William Hurt play General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, Betty's father and the General tasked with bringing in the Hulk. Tim Roth portrays Emil Blonsky, a spy who when exposed to Gamma Radiation in the comics became The Abomination, another Emerald Juggernaut but he retains his sadistic and violent personality. The film is directed by Louis Leterrier