Even if you remove the superheroes from the equation, there are plenty of high-concept, big-spectacle movies on the horizon dealing with everything from aliens ('Cowboys & Aliens,' 'Apollo 18') to robots ('Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Real Steel') to wizards ('Harry Potter'). But did you know that one of Hollywood's effects-heavy blockbuster hopefuls has something of a basis in reality? No, sadly, we are not here to confirm that Hogwarts is a real school of witchcraft and wizardry, but we would like to shed some light on the Battle of Los Angeles.
Yes, 'Battle: Los Angeles,' Sony's Aaron Eckhart–starring action flick about a full-force alien invasion does have a precedent in history. And yes, we were as surprised as you are to learn of it. (Unless you happen to be a UFO enthusiast, in which case this discovery is probably old hat for you.)