A rundown of comicbook protagonists who are heading to the screen in the next year:
BLADE: TRINITY (New Line)
Release date: Dec. 10
Headliners: Wesley Snipes (Blade), Kris Kristofferson (Whistler), Jessica Biel (Abigail)
Helmer: David Goyer
Synopsis: The vampiric leadership launches a smear campaign against Blade, forcing him to team up with the Nightstalkers, another group of vampire hunters led by Whistler’s illegitimate daughter Abigail.
Release date: Feb. 11
Headliners: Keanu Reeves (John Constantine), Rachel Weisz (Katelin Dodson), Tilda Swinton (Gabriel), Djimon Hounsou (Papa Midnite)
Helmer: Francis Lawrence
Synopsis: Based on the DC-Vertigo comic “Hellblazer,” renegade occultist John Constantine teams with a policewoman to solve the suicide of her twin sister. Their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels, which exists beneath Los Angeles.
Release date: Jan. 14
Headliners: Jennifer Garner (Elektra), Terence Stamp (Stick), Goran Visnjic (Mark Miller)
Helmer: Rob Bowman
Synopsis: Daredevil’s old nemesis/love interest, Elektra, gets to kick butt all on her own.
BATMAN BEGINS (WB)
Release date: June 17
Headliners: Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Michael Caine (Alfred), Katie Holmes (Rachel Dawes), Gary Oldman (Lieutenant James Gordon), Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox), Ken Watanabe (Ra’s Al Ghul)
Helmer: Christopher Nolan
Synopsis: An exploration of the Dark Knight’s origins and evolution from Bruce Wayne.
FANTASTIC FOUR (Fox)
Release date: July 1
Headliners: Michael Chiklis (Ben Grimm/The Thing), Ioan Gruffudd (Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic), Chris Evans (Johnny Storm/Human Torch) and Jessica Alba (Sue Richards/Invisible Woman)
Helmer: Tim Story
Synopsis: Four astronauts develop superhuman powers after their spaceship is exposed to cosmic rays. They band together to fight Doctor Doom.