All the Hype around the Big Superhero Movies of 2016
When the original X-Men film dropped in 2000, few would have thought that superhero movies would become such a pop culture mainstay. Though there were a handful of such movies beforehand, the X-Men franchise proved that it was possible to create successful franchises out of fictional comic book characters. Fast forward to 2016, the superhero culture has arguably gotten even stronger. Franchises have well been established, and fans cannot get enough of these adaptations. Just ask Marvel, and how they transformed a standalone Iron Man film (who, by the way, wasn’t as popular as he is now), into a major motion picture universe. 2016 is shaping up to be a big year for superhero movies, with six major films set to release. That’s six major films to get hyped about.
Release Date: February 10
Director: Tim Miller
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, TJ Miller, Ed Skrein, Gina Carano
Why You Should Get Hyped: RATED R – Deadpool isn’t your usual superhero. His popularity as a character stems from his insanity, which often leads him to break the fourth wall to comedic effect. Deadpool in the comics is as brutal and savage as he is funny, and no true Deadpool fan would have accepted a PG-rated adaptation. Thankfully, the movie is R-rated (SPG in the Philippines, probably) which would indicate a faithful comic book adaptation. This particular superhero movie isn’t Deadpool’s introduction to the silver screen, though. Ryan Reynolds portrayed a humorously inaccurate Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine that we should all just forget about. Expect Ryan Reynolds, who seems to be a natural to portray the Merc with the Mouth, to go HAM on the brutality and dark humor, and deliver the Deadpool we deserve!
2BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
Release Date: March 26
Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot
Why You Should Get Hyped: HUMBLE BEGINNINGS – If the tagline isn’t so obvious, Batman v Superman is essentially the origin story of the Justice League. Who knew Man of Steel was the beginning of a brand new DC Cinematic Universe that would hopefully go toe to toe with its Marvel counterpart? I didn’t. Marvel built their universe slowly, introducing characters through standalone franchises and eventually had them crossover in big events. DC seems to be doing the opposite, opting to introduce major characters in one movie. Warner Bros. is giving us the opportunity to watch Batman and Superman slug it out, which is really already worth the price of admission. Expect to meet an ensemble cast of supers that you’ll probably see a lot of in the coming years. This movie is really the Big Bang for the DC Universe; the suddenly and rapidly expanding home to DC’s finest.
3CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
Release Date: April 27
Director: Joe & Anthony Russo
Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.
Why You Should Get Hyped: WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON? – Although billed as a part of the Captain America franchise, there’s no question that this movie is bigger than any standalone Marvel film thus far. Notice how I only had two actors listed in the starring section? That’s because this movie is going to boast a handful of already established heroes to join Captain America and Iron Man. Civil War refers to the comic book storyline that had Captain America and Iron Man, two beloved heroes, lead their own groups of superhumans against each other. It’s a story of clashing ideologies, both personal and political. The story is one of my favorites, but the film will most definitely veer off from the comics. That’s not to say that the movie will be an inferior adaptation. We still get the big clash of the titans, but it’s the journey towards that clash that will hopefully hook viewers. Seeing the superheroes we’ve come to associate with one another squaring off is hype as well. But above all, it’s the fact that there’s tension between Earth’s Mightiest Heroes that’s most intriguing. How are they gonna pull it together when Thanos comes knocking? Oh, and SpiderMan. SpiderMan’s back!!!!
Release Date: May 18
Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: James McAvoy, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence
Why You Should Get Hyped: THE NEW GENERATION – This film is another ensemble superhero epic in the making. Yes, the First Class trio of Professor X, Magneto, and Mystique all return with major roles, but the casting of the younger generation of mutants is another exciting prospect altogether. Of course, the main focus of the movie is the sudden appearance of Apocalypse and how the Xavier and Mystique lead the X-Men against the First Mutant and ultimately save the world. Though the future of the franchise is uncertain, casting the younger generation of X-Men is compelling and really brings the whole series full circle. Days of Future Past dealt with time travel in such a way that it was possible to reboot the characters without actually rebooting the series. Sounds confusing? That’s time travel. Just know that this new generation of young X-Men (such as Cyclops, Storm, and Jean Grey) don’t necessarily turn out the way they do in the original trilogy, which is set years after the current trilogy.
Release Date: August 4
Director: David Ayer
Starring: Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis, Will Smith
Why You Should Get Hyped: SUPERVILLAIN MOVIE – I know I said this article was about superhero movies this year, but I guess it’s safe to include Suicide Squad anyway, even if the characters in the film are supervillains. That, in itself, makes the film an interesting departure from the regular superhero movie (just like Deadpool!). Amanda Waller takes a group of incarcerated villains and turns them into reluctant heroes in exchange for possibly lighter sentences. The missions that they’re tasked with are dangerous and borderline (you guessed it) suicidal. Suicide Squad is the first movie that definitely puts the new DC Universe in perspective, as both the Joker and Batman make appearances. While this movie is DC’s way to see beyond the world of Batman and Superman postDawn of Justice, it doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s all about having fun. Judging by the trailers, there’s a lot to be excited about. Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is poised to steal the show, and there’s hopefully enough action to put us on the edge of our seats.
Doctor Strange is the more mysterious film on this list. Though it already has a director and a cast (which is looking stellar) set, the marketing for the movie has been minimal at best. Only recently was Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange costume revealed. While Marvel has dealt with characters in the scientific (Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk) and cosmic/otherworldly (Thor, Loki, Guardians of the Galaxy) fields, Doctor Strange is the Cinematic Universe’s first foray into the magical realm. Realizing that the Marvel Cinematic Universe that Iron Man started has been around for a little over eight years, it’s quite amazing to think that Marvel still finds ways to keep itself fresh and ever-expanding. Originally set to release this July, delays have put doubt over Doctor Strange hitting theaters this year. Hopefully, we still do get to see The Sorcerer Supreme in 2016.