The news of Van Halen hitting the road again in 2012 got me thinking about the other comebacks I’m eagerly awaiting. Next year, I’ll happily welcome the return of:
• Sappy Rachel McAdams: The Vow, costarring Channing Tatum, is the closest we’ll get to her doing a sequel to The Notebook.
• Sappy Nicholas Sparks novel adaptation: Something was missing in 2011, and it was me dragging friends to see one of these. Zac Efron’s biceps are making The Lucky One a surprisingly easy sell.
• Taylor Kitsch’s long hair: Just because it had to be short to shoot the movie Battleship doesn’t mean it has to be short when he’s out promoting it.
• Katherine Heigl: Maybe it’s just a backlash to the backlash, or an acknowledgment of the number of times I’ve watched Life As We Know It on cable, but I want to see One for the Money.
• Daniel Radcliffe, movie star: He’s EW’s Entertainer of the Year, so he doesn’t need a “comeback,” but The Woman in Black will be the first true test of whether movie audiences embrace Radcliffe outside Hogwarts in a film that’s supposed to make some money.
• The Expendables 2: After enjoying “thinking man” summer action flicks like The Dark Knight Rises and The Bourne Legacy, it’ll be fun to get back to basics and just blow some s— up.
• Daniel Craig as James Bond: It will have been four years, but time has been kind to him.
• The male-stripper movie, and Matthew McConaughey to possible Dazed and Confused comic greatness: Partly because I’m tired of no one getting my references to the 1983 Christopher Atkins movie A Night in Heaven and partly because this first photo is promising.
• Community: It better happen.
What makes your list of welcome 2012 returns?