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-Ass 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 big screen for the heroes; they all 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 like “World War Z,” “The Great Gatsby” and “Mortal Instruments,” which are based on best-selling books.
And it doesn’t help that Lena Headey stars in three movies set for the next three months: “300: Rise of an Empire,” “The Purge” and “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.”
This list may sound familiar, but it stars some of the most-anticipated new movies this summer:
“The Great Gatsby”
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton
Pitch: A would-be writer meets a millionaire with secrets.
“We the Peeples”
Stars: Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier
Pitch: Marriage proposal upsets family reunion.
“Star Trek Into Darkness”
Stars: Chris Pine, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg
Pitch: The Enterprise crew battles forces that threaten Starfleet.
“The Hangover III”
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong
Pitch: No bachelor party, but the same results.
“Fast and Furious 6”
Stars: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson
Pitch: Fancy cars are driven very fast.
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey
Pitch: Family faces crisis in a world with no laws.
Stars: Jaden Smith, Will Smith
Pitch: Teen, his dad crash on devastated Earth.
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson
Pitch: Two men talk their way into an internship at Google.
“Man of Steel”
Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner
Pitch: Superman becomes symbol of hope.
Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman
Pitch: How Mike and Sulley became friends.
“World War Z”
Stars: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Matthew Fox
Pitch: A look at the world after a zombie war.
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy
Pitch: Uptight FBI agent and unruly cop must work together.
“White House Down”
Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx
Pitch: Only one man can save the White House.
“The Lone Ranger”
Stars: Johnny Depp,
Pitch: Tonto tells tale of the masked man.
“Despicable Me 2”
Stars: Steve Carell, Al Pacino, Kristen Wiig
Pitch: Gru, girls are back.
Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi
Pitch: Giant robots battle sea creatures.
“Grown Ups 2”
Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek
Pitch: Friends get together for more fun.
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti
Pitch: A snail gets the power of super speed.
Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson
Pitch: Paranormal investigators face real terror.
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee
Pitch: The comic book hero ends up in Japan.
Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Sofia Vergara
Pitch: Gargamel creates evil Smurf-like creatures.
“300: Rise of an Empire”
Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson
Pitch: Greek general tries to rally the troops.
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, James Marsden
Pitch: Competing operatives go on the run.
“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”
Stars: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel
Pitch: Percy looks for the Golden Fleece.
“We’re the Millers”
Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Nick Offerman
Pitch: Small-time crook goes big time.
Stars: Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Carlos Alazraqui
Pitch: One plane longs to be in an air race.
Stars: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster
Pitch: Conflict brews between classes in 2154.
Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz
Pitch: A new wave of costumed heroes emerges.
“Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”
Stars: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower
Pitch: Teen learns she’s descendant of secret group of half-angel warriors.
Stars: Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, A.J. Bowen
Pitch: Family attacked by mysterious killers.
Stars: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Riz Ahmed
Pitch: Ex-lovers find their loyalties tested during a trial.
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight
Pitch: Burned-out race car driver must save kidnapped wife.