For this issue, L.A. bureau chief Jon Barrett canvassed the Entertainment Weekly staff to find the upcoming movies, TV, music, and books that we’re most excited about. At first glance, 2013 looks a lot like any other year. Here are just some of the characters returning to big and small screens: Katniss Everdeen, Superman, Iron Man, Norman Bates, Jack Ryan, the Wizard of Oz, Wolverine, the Lone Ranger, the Bluth family, Ron Burgundy,Hannibal Lecter, and even Danny Torrance, the kid from The Shining. I’ve witnessed firsthand my share of terrible sequels, prequels, remakes, and reboots (the worst offenders often contain these four words in the title: Planet of the Apes), but my wariness of them has waned in recent years, thanks largely to Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies and the Sherlock Holmes shows on the BBC and CBS. There’s good reason to be excited about a lot of these familiar franchises in 2013, simply because they’re coming from some of the most creative minds in entertainment. Stephen King says he often wondered whatever happened to little Danny Torrance from his novel The Shining (is he drinking like his father? Is he still spelling MURDER backward?), and he brings us up to speed in his sequel, Doctor Sleep, to be published Sept. 24. Mitchell Hurwitz, the creator/executive producer of one of the funniest TV shows ever produced, Arrested Development, is bringing the Bluth family back on Netflix this spring. And Man of Steel, coming out June 14, looks like a dark, daring take on Superman from 300 director Zack Snyder. ”Superman is still the greatest superhero, no doubt,” Snyder tells EW senior writer Geoff Boucher. ”Our job is to make him even greater by finding the version of him that we want and need now.”
Speaking of Geoff Boucher (and superheroes), check out the fantastic new CapeTown section on EW.com. Geoff and a league of extraordinary EW staffers — like Darren Franich, Jeff Jensen, James Hibberd, and Anthony Breznican — will be there breaking news and weighing in on the latest in sci-fi, fantasy, horror, games, comics, and all geektastic things. Go to “ew.com/capetown”.