New year, new films! 2016 looks like it’s going to be a huge year for film. We’re only four weeks in and I’ve already seen some amazing movies that are sure to stick with me for the rest of the year.
Here are the 10 films that I can’t wait to see in 2016:
10. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Release date: 25th March 2016/Watch the trailer here
The first superhero movie of many to follow in this list: in case you were somehow unaware, 2016 is a big year for superheroes. Batman v Superman hasn’t got me as excited as some of 2016’s other comic book offerings – I wasn’t a fan of Man of Steel and I’m a sworn Dark Knight trilogy/Christian Bale Batman devotee – but I’m still curious to see what Zack Snyder and Ben Affleck’s take on the Caped Crusader will be.
9. Doctor Strange
Release date: 28th October 2016
This is a Marvel movie that’s getting less buzz than some of the others, but I’m definitely intrigued. With a stellar cast including Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, and – of course – Benedict Cumberbatch, I can’t wait to see what Marvel have planned for Doctor Strange – it certainly promises to be very different from anything that they’ve ever done before.
8. The Jungle Book
Release date: 15th April 2016/Watch the trailer here
Live action remakes of animated Disney classics are old news these days, but The Jungle Book looks like it could be different. The teaser trailer promises some stunning visual effects and an impressive voice cast including the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba and Bill Murray.
7. Assassin’s Creed
Release date: 30th December 2016
It’s no secret that films based on video games tend to be notoriously terrible. However, Assassin’s Creed could be the first exception to this rule. With the director (Justin Kurzel) and two of the stars (Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard) behind 2015’s Macbeth, they’ve certainly set the bar high. Mind you, I could happily sit through two hours of Michael Fassbender watching paint dry.
Release date: 10th February 2016/Watch the trailer here
It’s not long now until Deadpool, and it’s safe to say that I’m excited. This is unlike anything that Marvel have ever done before – it’s received an R rating, for one thing. Our protagonist is a potty-mouthed, fourth-wall breaking hero who’s fully aware that he’s a character in a comic book. The trailers have been laugh-out-loud hilarious, and I can’t wait to see how Marvel and leading man Ryan Reynolds pull this one off.
5. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Release date: 18th November 2016/Watch the trailer here
If you’re a HUGE Harry Potter fan such as myself (and seriously, I mean huge) then you’re bound to be excited by this one. It’s a brand new story set in the wizarding world that we know and love – except rather than Hogwarts, Fantastic Beasts… will find Eddie Redmayne in 1920s New York. With the director behind the final four films in the Harry Potter saga and a screenplay by J.K. Rowling herself, I think that we can expect good things.
4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Release date: 16th December 2016
Is there anyone who’s not excited by the prospect of Rogue One? The film follows a group of rebels on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. That sentence alone is enough to get any Star Wars fan excited, right? Following The Force Awakens, it’s got a lot to live up to, but I think it has the potential to be a brilliant standalone Star Wars story.
3. X-Men: Apocalypse
Release date: 19th May 2016/Watch the trailer here
I love the X-Men films. I particularly love the most recent in the series, First Class and Days of Future Past, following a younger team of mutants led by an enigmatic cast including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. Apocalypse is the final film in this new trilogy, and the epic trailer makes it look like it has the potential to be the best, too, especially with everyone’s new favourite actor, Oscar Isaac, in the role of the titular villain.
2. Captain America: Civil War
Release date: 29th April 2016/Watch the trailer here
I love Iron Man. I love Captain America. I don’t want to watch my two favourite Avengers fight – but I think that I’m willing to for the sake of the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and what could well be the best yet): Civil War. Although this film is filed under Captain America’s solo outings, it might be better described as a mini-Avengers. Civil War will see Tony Stark and Steve Rogers going head-to-head, with a host of our favourite heroes having to choose a side – including Black Widow, the Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, and – perhaps most excitingly – introducing not only Black Panther, but the newest take on Spider-Man…
1. Suicide Squad
Release date: 5th August 2016/ Watch the trailer here
This is my number one. I’ve been obsessed with Suicide Squad for what seems like forever now, mainly because it stars two of my favourite comic book characters: the Joker, and Harley Quinn (for the first time ever on the big screen!) – has there ever been a better casting decision than Margot Robbie as Harley? The first haunting Comic Con teaser trailer alone was enough to convince me that this film will be everything that I’m hoping for and more, but the recent, explosive trailer (set perfectly to Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’) offered a much less dark and much more fun look at the DC movie. Is it August yet?
Which films are you excited to see in 2016?