2009 has begun on a rather tense note for geekdom as Watchmen became further embroiled in legal soup. As Fox pushes for a delay, we must contemplate a rather thin year of geeky offerings .... which just shows how spoiled we've become. Watchmen and Wolverine alone would have made our year before the wonder that was 2008, when we had Bruce Wayne, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, and the Punisher. But hey, this is going to be the Year of Announcements -- we're going to find out who Captain America and Thor are, who or what Iron Man must face in his sequel, and hey, we might even find out whether Edward Norton will reprise his role as the Hulk. We're going to have fun, no matter what happens with Watchmen.

January
Nothing. Watch The Dark Knight ten more times, I guess (especially when it returns to conventional and IMAX theaters on January 23). Or read a graphic novel; you must have gotten some for Christmas? Anyway, take a breather. You're still recovering from 2008.

February
Neil Gaiman's Coraline, and a limited release of the long-delayed Fanboys both come out on February 6th. Gaiman for the win, no question.

March
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April
Dragonball Evolution hits theaters on the 8th. The excitement is palatable.

May
This is the month of geekdom, kicking off with the film my year centers around, X-Men Origins: Wolverine on May 1. If this isn't good, the Geek Beat will burn with the fury of a thousand suns the following Tuesday. May that be your warning, Fox.

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A little independent film you might have heard of also comes out this month: Star Trek hits theaters on May 8th.

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June
You'll find superheroes only at your comic book store this month, and action-adventure at the multiplexes. It's all about Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on June 26th. If your online handle is Optimus Prime, then you will be Mr. or Ms. Popular everywhere you post this summer.

July
Even geeks will be enrolled at Hogwarts when Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince hits theaters on July 17. And there's a little thing called San Diego ComicCon to keep you cheerful.

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August
You can see G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra on August 7, and wonder where your old G.I. Joe comics are. Go ask your mom if she threw them away. Otherwise, sleep off San Diego and read the comics you bought there.

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September
The long delayed Whiteout will finally come to theaters on September 11. This is based on Greg Rucka's graphic novel. Footage premiered at ComicCon 2007 and it looked pretty good. I don't really get what happened to it.

The Surrogates also comes out on September 25th. It's based on Robert Vendetti's graphic novel and, frankly, sounds pretty promising.

October
Spend your time perfecting your nerdy Halloween costume for our contest, and look to Scott Weinberg's list as to what you have to look forward to horror wise.

November
Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, which is supposed to be accompanied by / based on a graphic novel by Lionel Wigram. There's been no whisper as to when we'll see that, but hey, this can count as geekdom merely because of Robert Downey Jr. Pretend he's a Steampunk Tony Stark, yeah?

December
It'll be here before you know it -- and we'll finally unlock the mystery that is James Cameron's Avatar on December 18. From there, it's only a short wait until 2010, the year of Marvel kicking our collective asses again. By now, we'll know who the Avengers are. Can you believe it?