2016 looks set to be a great year for films, with some hotly anticipated sequels and reboots scheduled for release. The comic book world lends a hand in creating the buzz for cinema next year, with it widely expected that each has the potential to become the highest grossing film of all time.
1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
The first of 2 DC Universe films to be released next year will arrive on March 25. Dawn of Justice sees the cast of 2013’s Man of Steel reprise their roles, meaning a second outing as Clark Kent for Henry Cavill. Perhaps the most intriguing casting of this film comes in the form of Ben Affleck, who follows in the footsteps of Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and Christian Bale to play Gotham City’s most famous resident.
Some have doubts over Affleck’s Batman, but from the first glimpses we’ve seen so far, we think it has the potential to be a genius move by producers.
2. Finding Dory
There really isn’t much to say about this is there? Everyone’s favourite forgetful fish gets her own movie! Finding Dory, of course the sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo is finally coming.
We could describe how excited we are, but all our emotions are captured in this video of Ellen announcing the sequel a couple of years ago.
It’s been the subject of much debate, but we’re just a matter of months away from the reboot of Ghostbusters. As yet, there has been no trailer so we don’t have any indication of how the likes of Melissa McCarthy and Kristin Wiig stand up against the cult classic starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd.
Curiosity is the film’s biggest pull. As with all reboots, it has the potential to be a disaster. On the other hand, it could be a huge success.
4. Alice Through The Looking Glass
A sequel to 2010’s Alice In Wonderland sees Johnny Depp return to the role of The Mad Hatter. Another role that Depp slips into with ease, he joins an all star cast including Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman and Anne Hathaway.
A strong cast list, with a big British contribution. Appearances from stars like Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas, Barbara Windsor, Michael Sheen and the late Christopher Lee ensure that the film keeps it’s British roots associated with the classic book.
5. Suicide Squad
Potentially the biggest movie of the summer, and the 2nd release of the year in the DC Universe series. With a cast including Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne and Jared Leto, it has the makings of a comic book classic.
When bad guys are called upon to do good. Sounds intriguing, right? Perhaps the most anticipated part of the movie, is the performance of Jared Leto as The Joker. From what we’ve seen so far, the actor looks like he’s taking the iconic character down a much darker and sinister route. We approve.
6. What else can we expect from 2016?
There were so many other films we could have placed in this list – perhaps the most notable absence being Captain America: Civil War. As we said earlier, 2016 looks very superhero heavy, with another X-Men film also scheduled for release too, so we thought we’d leave this and Captain America out of our list.
Harry Potter fans will be looking ahead to the spin-off Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them, set 70 years before Harry enters Hogwarts for the first time. Star Wars fans are awaiting the release of The Force Awakens, however next year sees the start of a new series with Rogue One – a story set aside from that of Skywalker and Solo.
Live-action reboots of The BFG and The Jungle Book are also set to hit cinemas in 2016.
Plenty to look forward to at the cinema next year – bring on 2016.