2016 Superhero Movies Ranked From Least To Most Anticipated
In 2016, audiences can see seven superhero films: Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Suicide Squad, Gambit and Doctor Strange. The following list is a ranking of all seven of these superhero films from the least to the most anticipated.
From director Doug Liman, the helmer of Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity, comes the second X-Men spin-off to not focus on Wolverine. The screenplay for Gambit, which stars Channing Tatum and Lea Seydoux, was written by Joshua Zeutumer, who co-wrote Robocop (2014). Although Gambit is slated to debut on October 7th, there has been no promotional material released and the film is still in pre-production. This, along with the underwhelming quality of Zetumer’s first screenplay, makes Gambit the least anticipated superhero film of 2016.
6. Doctor Strange
Marvel’s Doctor Strange will be released on November 4th, 2016. Because this film is still filming and Marvel Studios is focusing their marketing prowess on Captain America: Civil War, fans will have to wait a while to see a trailer for this film. Thankfully, this film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, and Tilda Swinton. The inclusion of Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is intriguing in that he is the first significant character to use magic. In fact, in Iron Man 3, Shane Black foolishly avoided having The Mandarin use magic at all.
That being said, Doctor Strange is from writer/director Scott Derrickson, who is known for his work on Sinister, The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and Deliver Us From Evil. Given Derrickson’s mixed track-record and the fact that neither Sinister nor The Exorcism of Emily Rose were exceptional, Marvel’s Doctor Strange is one of the least anticipated superhero films of 2016.
5. Suicide Squad
Writer/director David Ayer, who is known for his work on Sabotage, Fury, and End of Watch, is the helmer of the first DC Extended Universe film to not focus on Batman or Superman. Whereas most superhero films feature good guys saving the day, Suicide Squad will feature supervillains performing heroic deeds. The Comic-Con trailer makes this PG-13 blockbuster look dark, bizarre, and decent. Whether or not general audiences will embrace this film or helps Will Smith’s career or not remains to be seen.
Suicide Squad opens on August 5th, 2016 and stars: Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Scott Eastwood, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Will Smith, Viola Davis, Common, Jay Hernandez, and Ben Affleck (in a cameo as Batman).
On February 12th, 2016, 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool will be unleashed upon audiences. Thus far, the marketing campaign has been as irreverent, hilarious, and self-aware the comic-book incarnation of Deadpool. What makes this film stand out from the others is its hard R-rating and the fact that its trailers give away very few details about the plot. Despite the fact that Ryan Reynolds has yet to be in a good superhero film and that the screenwriters, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, wrote the abominable blockbuster sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, this film is becoming more exciting with each new trailer and poster.
3. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
After the teaser and Comic-Con trailers, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was the most anticipated superhero film of 2016. Yet, the second official trailer, which debuted on Jimmy Kimmel Live received a decidedly mixed reaction and made Jessie Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor seem more annoying than intimidating. Also, many fans are worried that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is simply too overstuffed. How can it be a sequel to Man of Steel, establish Ben Affleck’s Batman, and set-up the rest of the DC Extended Universe without feeling like a muddled mess?
What makes this one of the most anticipated superhero films of the year, however, is that it will be the first live-action film to feature Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Doomsday. The screenplay was originally written by David S. Goyer prior to be rewritten by the screenwriter of Argo, Chris Terrio. The talented cast for this blockbuster sequel includes: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Jessie Eisenberg, Amy Adams, and Jeremy Irons. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice debuts on March 25th, 2016.
2. Captain America: Civil War
Joe and Anthony Russo, who previously helmed one of the best installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, have returned to direct this highly-anticipated blockbuster. This film will introduce Black Panther, Spider-Man, and Baron Zemo will be introduced into this wildly popular franchise. Crossbones and other villains may appear as the Avengers are split in two by both political and personal vendettas.
While the plot of this film may sound messy, the first trailer for this film promises breathtaking blockbuster action, a darker tone, and “consequences.” It certainly helps that the conflict between Captain America and Iron Man has already been partially developed in The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Consequently, this is easily one of the most anticipated superhero films of 2016.
1. X-Men: Apocalypse
Director Bryan Singer, who previously helmed X-Men, X2: X-Men United, and X-Men: Days of Future Past, has returned to helm the biggest X-Men film yet. This film is the third installment of The X-Men: First Class Trilogy and will introduce Apocalypse to general audiences. Because Oscar Isaac has given excellent performances in Ex Machina and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, seeing him as an iconic supervillain is exciting. As if that was not enough, this film’s cast includes: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Sophie Turner, Nicholas Hoult, and Evan Peters.
The first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse promises that McAvoy’s Charles Xavier will finally become Professor X and that there will be widespread devastation. The primary reason that X-Men: Apocalypse is more exciting than the other 2016 superhero releases is that it is from the creative team behind X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is one of the best superhero films ever made.
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