The age of superhero movies is upon us, and while we’ve already had some epic blockbusters from the world of capes, spandex and superpowers, there are still some massive big-screen superhero adventures coming our way in 2016:
It’s taken them a while, but Fox listened to the pleas of fans, and teamed up with Marvel for the live-action Deadpool movie, with Ryan Reynolds taking on the role of the unconventional anti-hero. Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
A film that needs no introduction, but you’re getting one anyway. Still allegedly a Man Of Steel sequel, this flick will see Batman (Ben Affleck) in a bust-up with Superman (Henry Cavill) in Warner Bros/DC’s first step towards shared-universe mega-bucks. The Social Network‘s Jesse Eisenberg is playing Lex Luthor, the real bad guy of the film, with Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) all popping up to set the stage for the Justice League movie, scheduled for 2017.
Captain America: Civil War
Here’s a film that Marvel has so much confidence in that it refused to budge when it looked like Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice wanted to nab its date.
In the comics, Civil War is a sprawling crossover arc from 2006, which saw Tony Stark go toe-to-toe with Cap over a government bill aimed at forcing superheroes to register with the powers that be, reveal their identities and essentially become part of S.H.I.E.L.D. Spider-man is also confirmed to make his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe during the film, which will also set the stage for the next Avengers sequel.
Arguably the biggest X-Men movie to date is currently in development. X-Men: Apocalypse is set to hit cinemas in May 2016, with Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult all returning, and Oscar Isaac joining the franchise to play Apocalypse. The film will pick up after the events of Days of Future Past, where if you stayed through the end-credits, would have got a sneak peak of this film’s big bad guy and his powers. We’ve been told this is considered the closing chapter of a trilogy, so we’d expect some big emotional beats.
While most movies coming out in the next couple of months are focusing on superheroes, Warner Bros are moving in a slightly different direction with their Suicide Squad movie, with a few infamous DC villains teaming up in David Ayer’s newest directorial project. The film follows the likes of The Joker (Jared Leto), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akkinuoye-Agbaje) who are forced to carry out dirty work for the government. Even Ben Affleck’s Batman character is set to make an appearance.
After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under his wing and trains him to defend the world against evil. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme, and while Marvel hasn’t divulged any specific story details for Doctor Strange, but fans can likely expect a more unusual superhero offering. Last year’s plot synopsis mentioned that the movie would explore the “hidden world of magic,” which includes alternate dimensions like the Astral Plane.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
The sequel to the 2014 hit movie based on the comic characters created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird will once again be produced by Michael Bay. Megan Fox, William Fichtner, and Will Arnett all return, and the original cast of the Turtles are back too. One of the new faces that will grace the screen will be Stephen Amell, who will be playing the role of Casey Jones, a love interest of April O’Neil. Well-known monstrous villains Bebop and Rocksteady are making an appearance too, and Tyler Perry will be taking on the role of Baxter Stockman, another key Turtles villain.
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