5 Highly Anticipated Movie Sequels of 2012

There seems to be a love-hate relationship with movie sequels. In an age where it sees the creative talents of Hollywood is a discharged up pool of mess, lies the power of the sequel. It's easy money for Hollywood, and regardless of how we feel, we eat them up. So, we've cooked up a list of the top 5 highly anticipated movie sequels of the year. (This list is based on highly anticipated movies overall, is in no particular order, and does not need to reflect our opinion.

1.) The Dark Knight Rises – Release date: 7/20/2012 —- Our top picks!

Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, the terrorist leader Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing it and its police force to their limits, forcing its former hero Batman to resurface after taking the fall for Harvey Dent's crimes. (Via IMDB)

Okay, so maybe it is not so much of a sequel as it is part of a trilogy. This will be Christopher Nolan's last film of the series, as well as Christian Bale's, as they have previously reported. Watch out for Tom Hardy as Bane and Joseph Gordon Levitt as John Blake. This film is a must see for fans of Nolan's series.

2.) Men In Black 3 – Release date: 5/25/2012

Agent J travels in time to MIB's early years in the 1960s, to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history. (Via IMDB)

Okay, so it may not be our highly anticipated pick, but there are a lot of fans out there who are looking forward to seeing Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith kick some alien butt. We're also looking forward to watching Josh Brolin as the young Agent K.

3.) American Reunion – Release date: 4/6/2012

Jim, Michelle, Stifler, and their friends reunite in East Great Falls, Michigan for their high school reunion. (Via IMDB)

Did not see this one coming, did you? Well, let's just be happy that this installation of the series includes our original cast. We can just pretend those other movies never happened, right? Now, the question really is, have the original fans outgrown this type of humor? The studios probably do not have anything to worry about, there's a whole new generation hungry for pie.

4.) Wrath of the Titans – Release date: 3/30/2012

A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus-the demigod son of Zeus-is trying to live a quitter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. (Via IMDB)

The gods have spoken, they wanted a sequel. I'm anxious to see how this in the box office. Although the first one was visually striking, and catered to those in love with mythology, we're just not sure there's enough oompff here. We did not buy Liam Neeson's portrait of Zeus, King of the gods. But, we are looking forward to seeing Ralph Fiennes reprise his role as Lord Voldemort, uh, we mean Hades.

5.) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Release date: 12/14/2012 —- (Our Top Picks)

Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approach out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Gray, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. (Via IMDB)

What fans have been waiting almost a decade for! Peter Jackson returns as director, and you can be sure to catch this story in two installments; The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again (2013.) Jackson spoils us again, by not pushing too much into one film. We love you for that.

What are you picks for sequels coming out in 2012? Not listed? Post it in the comments and let us know what you just can not wait to see in the theaters.

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