The year is drawing to an end, and the most anticipated movies of 2015 have either been released or are about to be, such as Jurassic World, Ant-Man and Straight Outta Compton. While we still have Spectre and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, the movies of 2015 have pretty much passed by, and it's now time to look forward to the films in 2016.
Just what are those movies, you ask? Well, scroll just a bit down and I shall take you on a tour of the best-looking and most-anticipated movies of the upcoming year.
1. The Revenant
The Leo No-Oscario-starring film hit everyone's radar after it was announced that he would star and Birdman director, Alejandro J. Inarritu, would be at the helm. Once the first trailer hit, people's expectations went through the roof, and the anticipation became strong for the film. Co-starring the freshly-popular Tom Hardy and shot by the incredibly talented Emmanuel Lebezki, The Revenant is sure to start the year off right when it hits theaters January 8, 2016.
The film follows Leo as he seeks to get revenge against his former companions after he's mauled by a bear and they rob him, kill his half-Native American son and leave him for dead.
Here's a look at the potential Oscar gold for poor Leo:
2. The Hateful Eight
January 8? More like January Oscar Bait. Quentin Tarantino, who has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in Hollywood directing history, releases his newest movie alongside DiCaprio's Oscar-hopeful. The film features a cast of some of Tarantino's favorites (Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen) as well as some other prominent performers (Channing Tatum, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern, Demian Bichir).
The film follows a bounty hunter and his captured fugitive as they stay the night in a stagecoach passover during a blizzard along with six other bounty hunters, and documents the betrayal and deception that ensues.
Here's a look at the newest Tarantino bloodfest:
If this list was ranked by my top picks rather than chronological order, this would be my number one pick for 2016. When news came out that they were finally giving Deadpool a proper solo movie, and that Ryan Reynolds would be portraying him, the comic book fan world jumped with joy (including me).
Once the red-band trailer dropped for the movie, the hype level flew to the atmosphere thanks to the R-rated language, humor and violence. Alongside the talented Reynolds is the hilarious T.J. Miller and more serious performers Ed Skrein, Gina Carano and Morena Baccarin. This will be the first superhero movie of 2016, and will come out on February 12.
Here's an R-rated look in all of its glory:
4. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Superhero blockbusters are a major draw for studios, especially when it crosses multiple heroes together in one film. But the one thing that has yet to be done in a theatrical sense is two superheros battling each other, and we will get our first look at how well Zack Snyder will do as he has Batman and Superman go to war with each other.
Not only will we get our first look at two superheroes fighting, but we will get to see a new actor don the Gotham vigilante's suit (Ben Affleck), as well as new superheros including Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa), potentially The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Barbara Gordon (Jena Malone), and antagonist Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). We will see how it plays out on March 25.
Here's the first look at the dark and intense battle between the two DC heroes:
5. Captain America: Civil War
The "Civil War" storyline is a famous one in the Marvel Comics universe, as it involves the death of the patriotic hero, Captain America, assassinated by enemy mercenary, Crossbones. Now, the Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn't followed the comics with great attention to accuracy, and when it comes to how they handle the events that occur in the "Civil War" series, they could change it to where no one dies, as Chris Evans has expressed interest in returning to the role.
For now, we will have to wait in anticipation for the upcoming second hero-vs-hero battle on May 6, and we will see the return of characters Wanda Maximoff (introduced in Age of Ultron), Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, The Vision, Hawkeye, Ant-Man, Falcon, War Machine, and the introductions of Crossbones (Frank Grillo), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and the new Spider-Man (Tom Holland). No trailer has been released yet and the only footage seen was for fans fortunate enough to attend the D23 expo in Anaheim.
6. X-Men: Apocalypse
The X-Men franchise has been a long and thriving one, beginning in 2000 and potentially ending on May 27, 2016 with the latest entry, Apocalypse. Now it's already been announced that this will be the final entry into the "First Class" storyline of the franchise, and being that Hugh Jackman will be leaving the franchise after The Wolverine 3, there seems to be no real way of continuing the present-day timeline, even though new actors are being looked at replacing the current Wolverine actor.
For this film, however, we will get to see one of the last Jackman-Wolverine appearances, but in what capacity is currently unknown. Not much is known about the plot itself either, only that the main antagonist will be the god-like mutant Apocalypse, and that we will get introduced to the younger versions of Jean Grey, Scott Summers/Cyclops, Ororo Munroe/Storm and Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler.
7. The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist
The first Conjuring will have come out three years ago when the sequel comes out, and yet it still terrifies many audiences (myself included). James Wan is a powerhouse talent when it comes to directing horror films, and found his masterpiece in the "based on a true story" work, which will see its two main protagonists, the Warrens, return to battle another evil entity, this time in England.
The story will be based on the alleged Enfield poltergeist haunting of two sisters, 13 and 11, who were allegedly haunted by a spirit that tormented them in their home in the London Borough of Enfield. The movie is currently filming, and is expected to terrify moviegoers on June 10, 2016.
8. Finding Dory
Pixar has been a studio known for tugging on everyone's emotional strings, and for ripping the audience's heart into little pieces, putting it back together and repeating the process in all of their films. Audiences will most likely see the same when the highly-anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo hits theaters on June 17, 2016.
The plot of the film has not yet been divulged in detail, but we do know that we will get to meet Dory's parents in the film, voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy, and that Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks will return to play the title role and Nemo's father Marlin, respectively.
9. Independence Day: Resurgence
Independence Day without Will Smith? Before you call bullshit, it's true, the 20-year-later sequel will bring back original actors Vivica A. Fox, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner (whom I was under the impression was dead) and Judd Hirsch, but not the former Fresh Prince. The actor's salary demands were just too much for Fox to pay for, and therefore they decided to cast Jessie Usher as the son of Smith's character, Dylan Hiller.
The plot will see multiple nations of Earth using recovered alien technology to protect the planet, but before they can put their plans into action, the aliens have returned for retaliation, this time even stronger and more unprecedented than before. Audiences can look forward to seeing Roland Emmerich's second chapter on June 24, 2016.
When news came out that the Ghostbusters franchise would be returning to the screen without stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd or Ernie Hudson in their suits and proton-packs, fans were in an angry uproar for a while before the original members showed their support for the new film and its major change of swapping all the male paranormal investigators with women.
After their support, fans kept their minds open and started to see the potential genius in Paul Feig's direction and his casting of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon as the newest Ghostbusters. In addition, not only have the three surviving members of the originals confirmed that they will make a cameo in the film, albeit as different characters, but Sigourney Weaver has also confirmed she will make a cameo in the film. Audiences can look forward to seeing the reboot on July 15, 2016.
Other honorable mentions...
The summer of 2016 will be packed, with the third new Star Trek film being expected to release on July 22, and the long-awaited return of Matt Damon to the Bourne franchise slated to hit theaters on July 29.