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SciFi Power Ranking – June 16, 2008

The Incredible Hulk smashes his way to the top of this week’s power ranking on the strength of surprisingly strong press and a healthy take at the box office, while the good Dr. Jones slowly slides down the ranks. Don’t feel bad for poor George Lucas, though… his Doctor may be slipping, but he’s got some new Star Wars goodness ranking high…

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SciFi Power Rankings
Rank LW   Movie (or Comic, etc.)
1 5 hulk-75.jpg The Incredible Hulk
The big green guy defies expectations — mine, anyway — and smashes his way to the top spot on the strength of some strong press and even stronger box office. Sometimes it’s good to be wrong.
2 starwarscgi.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars
What do Star Wars fans want? A feature length animated installment of the number one science fiction series of all time? Jedi Knights kicking ass? The new Clone Wars trailer promises exactly that.
3 indianajonescrystal.jpg Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Dr. Jones may be getting a bit long in the tooth but, man, has he got stamina. The latest installment of the Indiana Jones franchise will be the biggest blockbuster of the year and we salute its staying power.
4 GITS-crouch.jpg Ghost in the Shell 2.0
Rivaled only by Akira, the original GiTS is arguably the most influential piece of animated science fiction ever made. Word that producers have reanimated the entire film using new CGI techniques means everyone’s abuzz.
5 babylonAD.jpg Babylon AD
Early talk about this Vin Diesel picture revolved around on set clashes between the star and director and talk of Fox cutting the film. Now with the arrival of the trailer fans are talking for a different reason: It looks really good. Big star, big trailer, strong debut on the Power Ranking.
6 4 WallE.jpg Wall*E
Pixar’s animated robot slips a couple spots in the rankings not because we’re anticipating it any less, but simply because a quiet PR machine has allowed other films to overtake it in the public eye with 11 days still to go.
7 Aang.jpg The Last Airbender
The Happening director M. Night Shyamalan is telling anyone who will listen how excited he is to be adapting Avatar: The Last Airbender for the big screen. He can be hit and miss, but he’s promising to rival Star Wars and The Matrix. We’ll see.
8 –  Alex_Proyas_213.jpg Knowing
Speaking of hit and miss, Nicholas Cage is starring in post-apocalyptic thriller Knowing for The Crow‘s Alex Proyas and the first stills hit this week. That the director of Dark City and I, Robot is back in scifi territory is enough to get our attention.
9 9 x-files.jpg The X Files: I Want To Believe
Chris Carter wants to believe the new X Files movie will make him a big bag of money. Duchovny wants to believe it will restart his stalled career. I believe it’s coming 10 years too late, but points for the nostalgia factor.
10 –  johncarter.jpg John Carter of Mars
Robert Rodriguez was attached to direct at one point — and it’s now in the hands, bizarrely, of Pixar.  Finding Nemo and Wall*E director Andrew Stanton has just confirmed he’s writing the script and that makes it compelling enough to warrant a mention here.
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