This year appears to be a bright one for the comic book movie genre. With over half a dozen major comic book movies slated for release, fans expectations are high. But not all comic book movies are created equal - just look at the huge spectrum of reactions that superhero blockbusters generated last year among fans and critics.
Still, not all superhero movies are created equal, and should not be anticipated equally. I've done my best to put together the list of this year's upcoming superhero movies in order of how much we should be looking forward to them. I could be right. I could be wrong. But I look forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments.
7. The Lego Batman Movie (Warner Bros.)
- Release Date: February 20, 2017
#TheLegoBatmanMovie stars Batman (in Lego form), voiced by Will Arnett. The surprise hit movie of 2014 The Lego Movie, brings back everyone’s favorite supporting character, Lego Batman. This film looks to be a fun family friendly movie with just enough humor that caters to adults. If the humor from #TheLegoMovie can be replicated and topped in this film, it should have no problem being universally loved. I mean, who doesn’t love DC superheroes and supervillains in Lego form?
#6. Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel Studios)
- Release Date: November 3, 2017
This film will continue exploring the Marvel universe in a unique way, giving us more of the cosmic world we all loved from the first #Thor film as well as Guardians of the Galaxy. There are also plenty of rumors that have surfaced about a potential Planet Hulk storyline that will include a vital role for Mark Ruffalo’s Green Goliath. Ruffalo has also indicated in the past that the movie will feature a buddy-road trip vibe, and from the offbeat comedic mind of director #TaikaWaititi (What We Do In The Shadows), this could be one of the more weird and wonderful movies to come out of the MCU to date.
#5. Wonder Woman (Warner Bros.)
- Release Date: June 2, 2017
If there’s a film that needs to be good now more than ever, it’s DC’s Wonder Woman. Though Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had both fans and critics divided over it, almost everyone can agree that Gal Gadot’s portrayal of #WonderWoman was one of the bright spots of the film. So far, the buzz for her solo film has been positive and fans are hyped to see the first female-led superhero movie in over a decade. Warner Bros. desperately needs it to be a hit in a financial sense, and the world desperately needs it to be a hit to show old dinosaur studio execs that female-led blockbusters can and do need to be in heavy rotation.
#4. Logan (20th Century Fox)
- Release Date: March 3, 2017
With fans losing interest in the wildly uneven X-Men franchise and #Deadpool being such a hit, #Logan just might be the movie that proves Fox needs to focus less on the old mutants and more on gritty, weirder stories. The first trailer blew us away with its western/Neo-noir vibe. The second trailer focused on the young X-23, set to be Fox's new answer to Wolverine as this will be #HughJackman's last film in the role. Logan looks to be a fitting farewell to possibly the greatest comic book character performance of all time.
#3. Spider-Man: Homecoming (Marvel Studios & Sony Pictures)
- Release Date: July 7, 2017
Tom Holland’s Spider-Man was one of the best supporting characters in #CaptainAmericaCivilWar. With little screen time, Holland has already been praised for doing what no other live-action Spidey actor has done before: Nail both Peter Parker and Spider-Man equally. With #SpiderManHomecoming going for a John Hughes-esque movie vibe, this could be exactly the high school age, motormouth Spidey we've been dying to see and whom Sony had never managed to get right. Peter Parker/Spider-Man is still Marvel's flagship character and this movie looks set to wash away the bad taste Spider-Man 3 and the Amazing Spider-Man movies left in our mouths. If the trailers are any indication, I’d say that they nailed it.
#2. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (Marvel Studios)
- Release Date: May 5, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy proved Marvel could a.) take pretty much any character and make them beloved, b.) open up its cosmic universe and make it as interesting as the #Avengers, and c.) make a movie that had a completely different vibe from the rest of the MCU while still fitting seamlessly into it. #GuardiansoftheGalaxyVol2 will be bringing back the characters we all fell in love with and then some. Baby Groot looks to steal the show this time around, as well as new character Mantis - not to mention a guy who is literally a sentient planet. The characters are always downright weird but somehow, #JamesGunn finds a way to make it work. GotG2 looks to inject some much-needed fun and levity back into the MCU. I simply cannot wait to see what he has in store for us this time around.
#1. Justice League (Warner Bros.)
- Release Date: November 17, 2017
Say what you will about #ZackSnyder, but he has a great visual flair with action and special effects. He may not be the best at storytelling, but I believe that the upcoming #JusticeLeague will be the exception. If Wonder Woman isn’t the film that could turn the tides of fortune for Warner Bros., then perhaps Justice League will. I have faith in Snyder that he will bring us an epic spectacle with some of the greatest comic characters all on screen together in live-action for the first time. This is DC's Avengers and, with the first few entries into the #DCEU arriving to mixed reactions, it absolutely needs to be both critically and commercially praised. But hype for the movie is huge, and DC fans are hoping that this movie finally delivers the same sort of universal knock-out hit that hardcore Marvel fans have been enjoying for years.
What superhero films are you looking forward to the most?