This year is a MASSIVE year for film, especially science fiction and action adventure. To celebrate I have rounded out 2016 with my personal favourite releases from the forthcoming months.
Starting in January, see’s the adventures of Jennifer Lawrence in Joy, a story of Lawrence’s character creating her own multi-million dollar family business.
Released in the UK on January 1st looks to be an exciting watch and portrayal by Lawrence.
Feb turns to a slightly different tone in cinema. For those of you who aren’t aware of who Deadpool is you can read more about the character here. Part of Fox’s ambitions to create a shared universe for their Marvel properties, they have created a standalone Deadpool film which will cross over into the X-Men universe.
Deadpool is set to open in the UK on February 4th and will see the reimagined ‘merch with a mouth’ with a R rating (much better than the terrible version of the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine).
During March (my birth month – woop!) we see the release of one of the most epic showdowns in comic book history – Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Setting up for the future Justice League films we see the titular character’s battle off, and then presumably become BFF and fight evil together. Fun times.
The film will be in cinemas from March 25th in the UK, just in time for Easter weekend.
Once you’ve finishing watching Batman Vs Superman for the 40th time, you might want to visit a movie screen to see another face off – Captain America: Civil War. The third solo outing for Captain will feature the Civil War storyline, which raises questions (and a little battle) about superhero secret identities, yay or nay?! With adversary from Tony Stark AKA Iron Man and many of the other Marvel characters (including introductions from the brand new Spiderman and Black Panther) it looks like Civil War will be the best Captain film yet (especially from the looks of the epic trailer!). Set for a UK release of 29th April BOOM!
If three superhero movies weren’t enough, here’s a fourth. The third story from the new X-Men prequel trilogy (technically the 9th in the X-Men universe) is X-Men: Apocalypse. Following the massive release of X-Men: Days of Future Past the story picks back up with our favourite gang of super pals (Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy) fighting against the very first mutant – Apocalypse portrayed by Oscar Isaac. You can read more about the character Apocalypse here.
X-Men: Apocalypse is set to smash into the UK on May 19th.
(Also out this month special mention: Alice Through The Looking Glass)
June brings a lighter side to cinema, following a heavy couple of months of superhero movies! Enter The Secret Life Of Pets, created by Illumination (creators of Despicable Me and Minions), depicts what our pets are really like when left alone. Get ready for an animal humour filled 90 minutes.
Set for UK release of June 24th.
Back on the Science Fiction/Action Adventure bandwagon after a quick break comes Star Trek: Beyond. Following the adventures of Star Trek: Into Darkness the USS Enterprise and it’s crew (Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana and Zachary Quinto) are back but having some issues in deep space.
Beaming in UK cinemas on July 22nd, live long and prosper.
The film looks to be as creepy as the poster below. Suicide Squad bands evil doers of the Superman and Batman universe together by a government body in the hopes they can force them to do good things (and blame them if anything goes wrong). The cast includes a wide variety of names, including Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne and Jared Leto as the Joker (green hair too!).
The squad will be rocking up at UK cinemas in August 5th.
Taking a less crazy tone in September is Daniel Radcliffe’s Imperium. Based on a true story, we find Radcliffe infiltrating a domestic terrorist group as an FBI agent. Great ready for thrills – Radcliffe style!
Opening in the UK cinemas on September 16th.
Back to Marvel Comics in October. October sees the release of Marvel’s Phase Three film Doctor Strange. Doctor Strange enters a more ‘supernatural phase’ of Marvel and comic book films with the titular character being a master of the magic arts, genius and medical doctor. You can read more about the character here which will be portrayed by Mr Benedict Cumberbatch.
Making a magical way into our UK cinemas on October 28th.
YAY Harry Potter stuff! November sees the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Based in NYC in the 1920’s we see the magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) having issues with a magical expandable suitcase, and of course many magical beasts, based well before you know who….
Wands out for the UK release on November 18th.
Finally to round out 2016 we see the first of the Star Wars Anthology Series films. The Anthology Series, are basically stories from the previous stories which interlink the 7 (current) films.
Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One tells the story of how the Rebels got the Death Star plans just before Star Wars: A New Hope and will star Felicity Jones.
Blasting onto screens in the UK on December 16th – just in time for Christmas.
(Also out this month special mention: Assassins Creed).