Summer movies From ‘Iron Man 3’ to ‘Star Trek,’ sequels dominate the season

Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in “Iron Man 3.”

With so many remakes, sequels and familiar subjects hitting theaters between now and Labor Day, this year’s summer movie season should be dubbed as “deja viewed.”

There are sequels by the numbers: “Smurfs 2,” “Red 2,” “Kick-A** 2,” “Despicable Me 2,” “The Hangover III” and “Fast and Furious 6.” And there are sequels that try to slip by, such as “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Monsters University.”

Movies like “Iron Man 3,” “Man of Steel” and “The Wolverine” aren’t just returns to the big screen for the heroes; they have a huge comic-book fan following. The same can be said of the “300” sequel: “300: Rise of an Empire,” which is inspired by the Frank Miller graphic novel.

Then there are movies including “World War Z,” “The Great Gatsby” and “Mortal Instruments,” which are based on best-selling books.

This list may sound familiar, but it stars some of the most-anticipated new movies being released this summer. Release dates are subject to change.

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle

Director: Shane Black

Pitch: Iron Man battles The Mandarin.

My take: Increased fire power will make it a blast.

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Pitch: A would-be writer meets a millionaire with secrets.

My take: The summer’s most glitzy offering.

Stars: Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier

Director: Tina Chism

Pitch: Marriage proposal upsets family reunion.

My take: Tyler Perry movies draw a crowd.

Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto

Director: J.J. Abrams

Pitch: The Enterprise crew battles forces that threaten Starfleet.

My take: It will boldly go to huge box office numbers.

Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong

Director: Todd Phillips

Pitch: No bachelor party, but the same results.

My take: The second film in the franchise showed some life, but it’s time to end this party.

Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson

Director: Justin Lin

Pitch: Fancy cars are driven very fast.

My take: It’s a franchise that keeps on driving.

Stars: Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried

Director: Chris Wedge

Pitch: Animated tale of the battle between good and evil in the woods.

My take: Won’t be epic at the box office, but it will have a good showing.

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey

Director: James DeMonaco

Pitch: Family faces crisis in a world with no laws.

My take: It will be the choice when other movies are sold out.

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman

Director: Louis Leterrier

Pitch: Bank robbing illusionist makes money disappear.

My take: Needs real magic to draw a crowd.

Stars: Jaden Smith, Will Smith

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Pitch: Teen, his dad crash on devastated Earth.

My take: No faith Shyamalan can make a good movie.

Stars: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson

Director: Shawn Levy

Pitch: Two men talk their way into an internship at Google.

My take: Should be called “The Job Crashers.”

Stars: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel

Director: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg

Pitch: Friends are trapped in a house after Los Angeles is wiped out.

My take: Will cause case of comedy cabin fever.

Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane

Director: Zack Snyder

Pitch: Superman becomes symbol of hope.

My take: Latest relaunch won’t go up, up and away.

Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman

Director: Dan Scanlon

Pitch: How Mike and Sulley became friends.

My take: Why did it take this long to make a sequel?

Stars: Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, Mireille Enos

Director: Marc Forster

Pitch: A look at the world after a zombie war.

My take: Should be a monster hit.

Stars: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy

Director: Paul Feig

Pitch: Uptight FBI agent and unruly cop must work together.

My take: Feig will keep movie from misfiring.

Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx

Director: Roland Emmerich

Pitch: Only one man can save the White House.

My take: “Olympus Has Fallen” stole its thunder.

Stars: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer

Director: Gore Verbinski

Pitch: Tonto tells tale of the masked man.

My take: Has to be better than the last big-screen “Lone Ranger.”

Stars: Steve Carell, Al Pacino, Kristen Wiig

Director: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin

Pitch: Gru, girls are back.

My take: You can’t go wrong with these minions.

Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Pitch: Giant robots battle sea creatures.

My take: Bet on the robots.

Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek

Director: Dennis Dugan

Pitch: Friends get together for more fun.

My take: Adam Sandler’s track record stinks.

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti

Director: David Soren

Pitch: A snail gets the power of super speed.

My take: On the fast track to be a hit.

Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

Director: James Wan

Pitch: Paranormal investigators face real terror.

My take: “Amityville” for the 21st century.

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon

Director: Robert Schwentke

Pitch: Two undead cops go on patrol.

My take: Just odd enough to be a surprise hit.

Stars: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren

Director: Dean Parisot

Pitch: The old gang is back to fight more evil.

My take: Should be just as surprising as first film.

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee

Director: James Mangold

Pitch: The comic book hero ends up in Japan.

My take: Will claw its way to good box office numbers.

Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, Sofia Vergara

Director: Raja Gosnell

Pitch: Gargamel creates evil Smurf-like creatures.

My take: Kids will keep studio from feeling blue.

Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson

Director: Noam Murro

Pitch: Greek general tries to rally the troops.

My take: Anything based on Frank Miller’s work will be powerful.

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, James Marsden

Director: Baltasar Kormakur

Pitch: Competing operatives go on the run.

My take: Not enough firepower for the summer.

Stars: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel

Director: Thor Freudenthal

Pitch: Percy looks for the Golden Fleece.

My take: Does anyone remember the first movie?

Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Pitch: Small-time crook goes big time.

My take: Big-screen version of “Weeds.”

Stars: Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Carlos Alazraqui

Director: Klay Hall

Pitch: One plane longs to be in an air race.

My take: It’s “Cars” with wings.

Stars: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster

Director: Neill Blomkamp

Pitch: Conflict brews between classes in 2154.

My take: Damon’s a safe bet when it comes to action heroes.

Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz

Director: Jeff Wadlow

Pitch: A new wave of costumed heroes emerges.

My take: New movie won’t kick butt.

Stars: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower

Director: Harald Zwart

Pitch: Teen learns she’s a descendant of secret group of half-angel warriors.

My take: Has built-in audience of fans of Cassandra Clare’s novels.

Stars: Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, A.J. Bowen

Director: Adam Wingard

Pitch: Family attacked by mysterious killers.

My take: Will have trouble battling big summer releases.

Stars: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Riz Ahmed

Director: John Crowley

Pitch: Ex-lovers find their loyalties tested during a trial.

My take: One of the more cerebral movies of the summer.

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight

Directors: Courtney Solomon, Yaron Levy

Pitch: Burned-out race car driver must save kidnapped wife.

My take: Summer movies coast to an end.