2016 Superhero Movie Preview


It seems like superhero movies have dominated the box office over recent years, but in reality, there haven’t been that many of them. But the movies tend to be super successful, perhaps making it feel like there are more than there actually are.

In 2015, though, there were only three major superhero movies released: The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man and The Fantastic Four. This changes in 2016, as seven different titles will hit theaters, testing the public’s desire for these types of films in what Collider calls a huge year for the genre. Here’s a quick preview.

Release date:
February 12
Excitement level: Moderate
The Deadpool character first hit movies in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine as the final bad guy in Wolverine’s fight against the government trying to control him. This movie attempts to launch the character as its own franchise with an origin story tracing him from a special-ops soldier to a foul-mouthed killing machine.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Release Date: March 25
Excitement level: High
Fans cringed when word sprung Ben Affleck would be Batman, but the trailers so far look awesome. As the title suggests, this movie features Batman and Superman duking it out. Perhaps more importantly, the movie will introduce other DC Comics stalwarts like Wonder Woman and Aquaman, likely setting up future movies involving the group battling larger forces.

Captain America: Civil War
Release Date: May 6
Excitement level: Super High
This movie looks like Avengers 2.5 and will be the first big summer blockbuster all comic book fans will want to see. It also includes the debut of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe along with appearances from Iron Man, Black Widow and a bunch of other superheroes too numerous to mention. After the success of Captain America: Winter Soldier, this movie stands to be huge—and the biggest movie of the summer.

X-Men: Apocalypse
Release Date: May 27
Excitement level: Moderate
The movie finishes up the storyline started in X-Men: First Class with a battle against Apocalypse and includes appearances from X-Men that show up later in the series. These movies helped rejuvenate the X-Men franchise, but even they have seem to run their course. While this one will likely be well received, it also marks the end of an era. The X-Men are such a big deal: they’ve now appeared in nine movies and have more than 20 video games to their credit, according to Gambling.com. The site also has reviews of five online games highlighting the X-Men and their members. These guys are popular, but now their movie future will have to take a new turn.

Suicide Squad
Release Date: August 5
Excitement level: Moderate to low
While this movie shows potential, there are really two things fans will want to see. The first will be Jared Leto’s take on the Joker, which will be the character’s first appearance since Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning performance in The Dark Knight. The other will be Will Smith who is playing Deadshot. Smith is still such a huge star it will be interesting to see how he fits in with a larger cast instead of having all the focus on him, as is usually the case.

Release Date: October 7
Excitement level: Low
This movie has been in the works for a while, but problems finding a director are causing problems. There is still belief that this movie will not make the release date and may be delayed again, the Inquistr reports. When it does come out, it’s Channing Tatum playing the Cajun hero. It could be great… It could be awful. It might be better to wait for the reviews if it ever makes theaters.

Doctor Strange
Release Date: November 4
Excitement level: Low
The release date should tell you everything. November is a dumping ground for bad movies before the Christmas rush, but who knows. This is the origin story of Stephen Strange, a former neurosurgeon who is granted magical powers after his hands are damaged in an accident.