From Avengers:Age of Ultron to Star Wars: The Force Awakens two of the biggest movies of 2015 have ties to the realm of comic books. As we look back on these movies with our review of the Force Awakens leading the way, it is also time for us to look ahead. With 2015 firmly in the rear view, it’s time we take a look at the most anticipated comic book based movies of 2016.
Release date: February 12th, 2016
Official Synopsis:Based upon Marvel Comics’ most 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 v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Studio: Warner Bros.
Release date: March 25th, 2016
Official Synopsis:Following his titanic struggle against General Zod, Metropolis has been razed to the ground and Superman is the most controversial figure in the world. While for many he is still an emblem of hope, a growing number of people consider him a threat to humanity, seeking justice for the chaos he has brought to Earth.
As far as Bruce Wayne is concerned, Superman is clearly a danger to society. He fears for the future of the world with such a reckless power left ungoverned, and so he dons his mask and cape to right Superman’s wrongs.
The rivalry between them is furious, fuelled by bitterness and vengeance, and nothing can dissuade them from waging this war. However, a dark new threat arises in the form of a third man: one who has a power greater than either of them to endanger the world and cause total destruction.
The superhero stand-off that the world has been waiting for is finally arriving in cinemas, with an all-star cast bringing to life the characters we all love.
Captain America: Civil War
Studio: Marvel Studios
Release date: May 6th, 2016
Official Synopsis:Former Avengers teammates Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) clash over a proposal that would make superheroes accountable to government oversight. Soon, the rest of the Marvel heroes take sides in the conflict.
Release date: May 27th, 2016
Official Synopsis: Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible.
Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Studio: Nickelodeon / Paramount.
Release date: June 3rd, 2016
Official Synopsis: Plot details are unknown. The film is a sequel to 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and will see the Heroes in a Half Shell return to take on a new threat. Artwork is from the first film.
Studio: Warner Bros.
Release date: August 5th, 2016
Official Synopsis: It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?
Release date: October 7th, 2016
Official Synopsis: No official plot synopsis exists at this time.
Studio: Marvel Studios
Release date: November 4th, 2016
Official Synopsis: Before he met the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange was an unlikable and egotistical neurosurgeon. Everything changes when a car accident limits Strange’s use of his hands, sending him on a maddening quest for a miracle cure. This origin story introduces the magical and mystical realms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With so many comic book related movies slated for 2016, this looks to be the best year yet for comic book fans at the cinema.
Check out this cool fan made intro by Alex Silver to the Doctor Strange Movie.