It may be a few days late, but happy New Year everybody! May our 2016 be full of culture! It’s a new year, so it that can only mean one thing, it’s time for our annual look at what the next year has to offer.
Does doing it two years in a row count as an annual event? I’m counting it.
First of all, here are our major headlines for 2016:
DC’s time to strike:
Having been suck in Marvel’s sizeable shadow for the last few years, this really does feel like it could be DC’s year finally!
DC’s two highly anticipated superhero movies drop this year. First, the biggest superhero battle of all time (or until Marvel and DC combine to make the biggest movie ever) in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Then, DC’s answer to the Avengers, Suicide Squad.
DC are releasing arguably their two biggest possible films in a year where Marvel is going off script. There’s no Avengers until 2018, instead Captain America’s Civil War film and X-Men Apocalypse are the biggest Marvel movies of 2016. Past that, Marvel release more of their B-list heroes, with Deadpool and Doctor Strange both being introduced this year.
If DC are ever going to be as big as Marvel, it has to happen this year. If not, then Marvel may well monopolise the superhero industry!
Disney Pixar’s global domination:
After the huge success of Inside Out last year, Disney and Pixar are both releasing a plethora a major titles over the next few months.
Firstly is the hugely anticipated to Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, a film with the potential to be one of the box-office successes of the year!
Aside from that Disney continue to make live-action versions of age-old animation classics. With a strong cast behind it, The Legend of Tarzan looks set to be a success in 2016, but that’s not all. Alongside that, The Jungle Book is set to get the Hollywood makeover, while Alice in Wonderland is also being brought back again in Through the Looking Glass, despite not being incredibly well received the first time round.
Unlike last year, past the Marvel/DC battle and Disney Pixar monopolising family entertainment, we couldn’t find any real themes behind the big blockbusters coming out this year! So instead, here’s a list of some of 2016’s other films that have my attention already:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: It was always inevitable, and perhaps sets a dangerous precedent for future franchises. The hugely successful Harry Potter series is getting a prequel, showing that movie companies will do anything for a sure-fire profit.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows: After a disappointing first film in 2014, the turtles are back to have another shot at the big time. This attempt looks more promising, though.
Ghostbusters: The highly anticipated reboot is starting to look more like a twist on a classic. The female-orientated move is a risk, but if done well this could be a paradigm-shifting movie in the age-old ‘Women in Hollywood’ argument!
Zoolander 2: One of Ben Stiller’s best ever comedies, this highly anticipated sequel has a lot to live up to…
The 5th Wave: As one leaves, another enters. The world of Dystopia has lost a leader, but looks set to gain another minion as the 5th Wave looks set to be the definition of the phrase ‘scraping the barrel’.
Grimsby: One of my most anticipated films of 2016, Sacha Baron Cohen’s comeback looks set to be a funny spoof on British culture!
Assassin’s Creed: Highly anticipated by the gaming community, a strong cast leads this movie-adaptation of the 2007 hit.
And finally, my personal favourite…
Passengers: Currently being filmed, this sci-fi drama starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence could be a dark horse in both the box-office and awards season (a la The Martian).
Anything I’ve missed, of course there is! As you could tell from our review of 2015, you never really know what’s going to happen until this time next year. But if there’s something glaringly obvious that we’ve missed then let us know in the comments below!
Have a great year, and we’ll be back in December with our review of 2016. But don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of culture talk to keep you satisfied until then!