It’s a new year. We’ve reviewed the best and worst of everything that 2015 had to offer. Now it’s time to look forward to what 2016 will bring us. Below I’ve listed ten films, in chronological order of release, that I’m particularly looking forward to. Not going to lie, there’s a lot of DC and Marvel in this list.
Deadpool [February 12]
What a journey this film had during its development. Planning started way back in 2000 and it’s had more ups and downs than a yo-yo. Ryan Reynolds has been attached to it pretty much throughout. Although I’m amazed they didn’t drop him after being unfortunate enough to be involved with Wolverine Origins. Which was garbage. For that film they took everything about the Deadpool character, through it in the trash and set fire to it. In short, they ruined it. I honestly didn’t think it was going to get a second chance. Yet here we are. Months away from an actually Deadpool film, based on the actual character. Amazing!
Batman V Superman [March 25th]
This film is going to be huge for DC. It’s either going to kick start their own cinematic universe so they can go full steam ahead into Justice League. Or, it’s going to be a disaster and pretty much kill everything in one fell swoop. People don’t have high hopes for the project and I can see why. The film, which should be focusing on Batman and Superman seems packed full of other filler. Too many cooks and all that.
I am in a more positive position of apparently being one of the few people who actually enjoyed Man of Steel. Seriously, it wasn’t that bad. Sure they went a bit overboard and destroyed literally everything. But Henry Cavill is a good superman ad I’ve got faith in Ben Affleck producing a decent performance as Bruce Wayne and Batman.
Captain America: Civil War [May 5th]
I’m excited for about Captain America: Cival War for two big reasons. Firstly the last Captain America movie was freaking fantastic! It sits nicely as my second favourite Marvel film just behind Iron Man one. So I’m expecting big things from this next outing knowing that screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and directors Anthony Russo and Joseph V. Russo are all returning once more respectively. It worked so well last time, so I’m hoping for more of the same.
Secondly, I’ve read the Cival War graphic novel and it is awesome. Now I know that the film won’t be following that scene for scene. After all half the characters from the comic haven’t even been introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet. But if they can get it even half as good as the comic, then I think we’ll be onto a winner. The sleeker character list should help the film anyway, with fewer characters needing screen time to develop it should help Marvel achieve the all ready difficult juggling act they’ll need to perform.
X-Men: Apocalypse [May 27th]
We’ve had some great X-Men films, we’ve had some terrible ones. There’s also been a few average ones. Now however, that the X-Men franchise is back on track it marches on with its next epic storyline. X-Men Apocalypse.
After X-Men: Days of Future Past, you’d be a fool not to be excited about this next movie.
Star Trek: Beyond [July 22nd]
It’s the third instalment of the rebooted Star Trek universe but the first not to be directed by J. J. Abrams who moved on to the other super nerd science fiction franchise. You might have heard of it, it’s called Star Wars and is making millions upon millions. Abrams is staying on as a producer however, so it’s not like he’s abandoned the trekkies completely.
I’m a big fan of this current Star Trek franchise, it’s the first time that Star Trek has actually appealed to me. I know, some of you instantly hate me for saying that. But I have to admit that none of the TV series and the films they’ve spawned have ever fully done it for me.
I’m looking forward to what this next film has to offer.
Untitled fifth Bourne film [July 29th]
Let’s be honest after the awesome Bourne trilogy we were all disappointed by the 4th film Bourne Legacy. It was lacking in a few departments. One of those was the title character Jason Bourne played by Matt Damon. After Bourne Ultimatum, Damon was adamant that he wouldn’t return to the series. So we got an attempted reboot continuation that was ‘alright’, but nothing special. It certainly didn’t live up to its past. Thankfully he has changed his mind and he will return as Jason Bourne in the as of yet untitled firth film.
Suicide Squad [August 5th]
I can give you two very good reasons for why you should be excited about Suicide Squad. Firstly it’s the first film other than Batman or Superman that explores the expanded DC Universe. As DC try and build up the world that will house the Justice League movies this early ground work should be just as good to watch as the first wave of Marvel movies leading to the first Avengers movie.
Secondly and perhaps more importantly, The Joker is back.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back [October 21st]
Never Go back will be the sequel to the original Jack Reacher film released in 2012. Like the original movie that was based on Lee Child’s novel One Shot this new film will be based on the 2013 Jack Reacher book of the same name. Tom Cruise will return to play the title character.
I really enjoyed the first film, surprisingly so in honesty. While the trailer got my interested it didn’t exactly set my world on fire. When I first watched it however I was pleasantly surprised and had been hoping for a second round ever since.
A trailer for Never Go Back hasn’t been released yet but you can wet your appetite below by watching the bar scene from the original.
Alternatively if you haven’t seen the first one you can get your taste buds watering by watching this trailer.
Doctor Strange [November 4th]
In honesty I don’t know all that much about Doctor Strange. The character hasn’t appeared in any of the Marvel comics that I’ve been dipping my toes into. I am however excited to watch this movie, simply because Marvel have got a pretty good track record at this point. I didn’t know anything about Guardians of the Galaxy either and that’s one of my favourite films these days.
John Wick 2 [TBA]
Finally we have another character that Keanu Reeves stone faced acting style suits perfectly! In the first film we saw the former assassin, mourning over his recently deceased wife only to be pulled back into the world he tried to leave. It’s was a brutal revenge flick that only teased you glimpses of the larger criminal world and people within it.
I’m hoping the sequel delivers more of the same style but also reveals a more to us as well.
We don’t have a trailer or John Wick 2 yet, so to get you in the mood here’s the first one.