Is it getting a little warm in here? It’s just the first of May, and we’re already fanning ourselves at our desk after putting together our own special Summer Movie Preview. We’ll leave the talk of comic books, green screens, box-office takes and mega-sequel expectations to some other sites, as we instead do what we do best: concentrate on those beautiful men and women on the big screens. And oh, there are a lot of them this summer. First, let’s take a look at the fine male specimens stepping up to save the world — from aliens, vampires, evil queens and other threats that somehow loom the largest between May and August.
There’s the staple comic book heroes, though you know these days they’re far from typical: Christian Bale reprises his controversial vigilante Bruce Wayne for The Dark Knight Rises, this time (we think) getting a hand from legit lawman John Blake, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Andrew Garfield will fight crime as well as our cries of “too soon” in The Amazing Spider-Man; Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr.. will heed the call of Samuel L. Jackson to join forces in The Avengers.
Jackson isn’t the only, er, mature hero earning our admiration this season — Bruce Willis is rocking an impressive body as he plays the original Joe in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He’s joined by gun-toting (and also armed) Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson.
Speaking of military, delightfully uniformed Taylor Kitsch and Alexander Skarsgard will aim their beautiful steely gazes, and weapons, at some unspeakably powerful aliens in Battleship. For some reason, extraterrestrials can only be fought by extremely good-looking humans — like MIB3′s Will Smith and Josh Brolin — or androids like Michael Fassbender in Prometheus. Total Recall’s Colin Farrell and The Bourne Legacy’s Jeremy Renner have equally formidable, if earthly enemies: corrupt government agencies. And at last, there are those fighting more traditional foes, Chris Hemsworth (appearing twice in this gallery) wields his ax against the evil queen in Snow White and the Huntsman, and Benjamin Walker uses muscle as well as rhetorical skills against slave-owning vampires in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Not only are all those superb actors saving the world in the coming months, we bet you a round of mojitos, that they must at some point take off their shirts to do so. Hmm, so which hero’s sweaty, arduous battle are you most looking forward to? Browse through our gallery and then vote. Stay tuned for more tough decisions like this all week long.
[Photos: Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures]