The up and coming movies are more than just waves of Marvel and DC franchises. That's why I've compiled a quick list to remind you guys of all the other major film projects that you need to keep an eye on (and yes, I still included Wonder Woman, etc. because man, who isn't psyched?)
Now, I want you to sit back and relax, as you scroll through this list. However, before you start to fan girl, check out my throwback list of the 5 Iconic Movies You Need to Watch ASAP
9. Magnificent Seven (September 23, 2016)
The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960s version, directed by John Sturges. The trailer promises outlandish violence, guns and explosions at every corner. This action-packed Western drama is directed by Antoine Fuqua, who also directed the intense sports drama, South Paw from 2015.
With a budget of $108 million, and a cast featuring Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington, Matt Bomer and Ethan Hawke, you know you're in for some of the best action. While watching the trailer, I'm not going to lie, it gave me some intense Mad Max Fury vibes, with the exception that all the characters are Western and cowboys.
8. The Girl On The Train (October 7, 2016)
Based on the best selling novel by Paula Hawkins, this movie centers around a female protagonist (played by Emily Blunt) who witnesses something go very wrong during one of her routine commutes. Many critics have paired this with Gone Girl, but in my honest opinion, honey I don't think so. The director for this movie is Tate Taylor, and she is going to have to bring her A-game in order to out shine her "paired" successor.
However, I've got to give it to the trailer; it promises a very structured formula — the whole tension, deceit and murder cycle. Yet, to be truthful, I think the movie will be interesting with all that it's worth.
The movie also features actors, such as Hailey Bennett (who also plays in The Magnificent Seven) and Justin Theroux.
7. Inferno (October 28, 2016)
The most recent installment of Dan Brown's novel series is being directed by Ron Howard, who also brought to life his previous books. The story continues the Robert Langdon series, a Harvard symbologist (played by Tom Hanks), who is fighting against the clock to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the whole franchise, except this time, he experiences amnesia.
The trailer seems to guarantee the usual recipe for the Langdon series. Nonetheless, the movie will serve its purpose as a timeless thriller, living up to Browns' reputation as one of the most successful mystery and crime writers in our modern era.
6. Doctor Strange (November 4, 2016)
Out of all the movies on this list, I am beyond ready to watch this film. It doesn't just have the best cast, but the cinematography looks astounding. Moreover, it's a Marvel-invested project, so you just know only the best writers and producers are on this.
Playing the protagonist is Benedict Cumberbatch, who has surpassed many feats in his history of taking on complex character roles, ranging from emotionally conflicting biopic characters, to a fan-loved, know-it-all Sherlock Holmes. Now, it's time for Marvel to pass the baton to Benedict Cumberbatch, who will be playing Dr. Stephen Strange.
Upon my first viewing of the trailer, the building-shifting scene sent me some Inception vibes, which just about everyone I had asked, also noticed.
Needless to say, I absolutely enjoyed Inception, and I will be enjoying Doctor Strange, because really, Marvel is kicking DC's ass to the ground (so far).
5. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (November 18, 2016)
I'm just going to put it out there: I have never seen a Harry Potter movie in my life. Or maybe I have, but it might have been when I was too young to remember. Nonetheless, the Fantastic Beasts trailer looks extremely promising. The special effects! The acting! The everything, really — it just floods me with excitement and childishness.
With Eddie Redmayne (also played in Les Miserables) and Ezra Miller (played in Perks of being a Wallflower), among the A-list cast, I can honestly vouch that I will be one of the first to line up to watch this. There's something about creating magical movies that will undoubtedly draw adults into the circle. Also that soundtrack though.
4. The Dark Tower (February 17, 2017)
Finally, a Stephen King movie adaptation! For you dedicated book nerds, The Dark Towers series is finally being portrayed on screen, and who better than a cast of the likes of Idris Elba and Mathew McConaughey to bring these characters to life?
Directed by Ron Howard and Nikolaj Arcel, the movie adaptation is changing the ethnicity of the male protagonist, a decision which has received quite a lot of backlash. On one hand, I can kind of understand the passionate dedication of the fans, yet on the other hand, I don't freaking care. Yes, there is the argument that the ethnicity is an important part of the character's identity. However, I also think that being able to bring a character to life is more than just race — it's acting, it's skills and it's a vision. Moreover, it is the director's choice, whose opinion is one of many.
How about we criticize the choice of the actor, after the movie has been shot and premiered. We've got to give something a chance before we shoot it to the ground.
3. Beauty And The Beast (March 17, 2017)
We know the general gist of Disney movies and plots; I've seen the live action Cinderella, and from what Disney's been producing so far, these adaptations are really quite beautiful and predictive. Maybe I can say that because I'm looking back on my childhood in retrospect (God bless you, 2D animations). However, for the next generation, this will truly be something to behold.
While in its rumored stages, I was quite psyched about the casting of Alicia Vikander as Belle. I mean, she was wearing a yellow dress, and conspiracy theories just kept breeding.
However, I am not going to be that sour puss that sulks over what could have been. Instead, seeing Emma Watson in the new trailer really gave me goosebumps, and so far, the execution of the trailer is just enough to tease the curiosity out of us all. It looks promising and I have caught the bait.
2. Wonder Woman (June 2, 2017)
Hell yeah, about time don't you think, DC? Let's hope that with this installment, the movie will actually come out as a coherent whole. On top of all the buzz, a female director is adapting this! Credits to Patty Jenkins, who had actually turned down directing Thor at one point, citing "creative differences," so maybe this is the project that draws the heck out of all her creativity skills, and mashes into some sick bad-assery on screen.
I also think that the trailer has captured an interesting tone to Wonder Woman. Yes, we see the budding of a romance (the usual really), but the epic fight scenes have got my adrenaline pumping. I mean, I can't get over how sick the slow motion camera is working, and her spins and just — I'm in awe, Gal Gadot.
1. Justice League (November 17, 2017)
Last, but certainly not least, is Justice League. Another DC film directed by Zack Snyder, we are placed back into the DCEU with some Batman and Superman action. To give the man credit, his action scenes are pretty polished. Which reminds me: Isn't that really half the reason why we watch these superhero films?
There is a multi-million dollar cast on this project, with Jason Momoa (from Game of Thrones), Amber Heard, and the regular players, such as Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot. This is one hectic schedule for the people behind the costumes, and I sincerely send my gratitude to you.
Look at how much awesome stuff they crammed into the Justice League trailer:
Have I missed anything? Do you agree with this list?