Theaters are going to have their hands full
Geeks and nerds (or however we’d like to be classified) have had it pretty good in recent memory. Comic book films have really taken off in popularity, and as a result we get a good five or six superhero-related movies every year, and it’s only going to grow from there. Star Wars has even continued its saga, just coming out with Episode VII, and according to fans, it’s a worthy addition no less. Harry Potter is even getting a prequel film that’ll show audiences more about the Wizarding World. That’s a lot to love and look forward to, and that’s not the end of it.
Take a look at what’s coming out
On this website alone, you’ve seen us cover films like Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and even Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Alone, those three are setting up to be some big releases over the course of the year. However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Take a look at what the schedule looks like.
- Deadpool- February 12
- Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice- March 25
- Captain America: Civil War- May 6
- X-Men: Apocalypse- May 27
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows- June 3
- Star Trek Beyond- July 22
- Suicide Squad- August 5
- Doctor Strange- November 4
- Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them- November 18
- Star Wars: Rogue One- December 16
For those of you keeping score at home, that’s a total of 10 films that are going to be released throughout 2016, six of which are based on comic books. As early as February, the theaters are going to start to be swarming with people passionate about the characters (as well as people who just thought the trailers looked cool). However, these films are mainly for one audience – the fans (the only exception might be Civil War because everybody who has seen a Marvel film will be more than intrigued by Captain America and Iron Man fighting each other, same with Batman v Superman).
What’s even more interesting about this list is that you don’t see the films packed into one month or anything like that. As a matter of fact, the most geek films in a month for 2016 is only two. This is also a wonderful play towards the geek community because you won’t necessarily have to choose between one film or the other. At the very least, you’d have a little over two weeks after you see one film to save up the extra cash to go see the next one. The release dates compliment each other so well that you could theoretically see every movie on this list without breaking your bank (not sure I’d recommend that anyways).
Best Year Yet?
What’s more exciting about 2016’s film year is that there hasn’t been anything like it before. Comic book and geek movies have not been popular enough in the past to precedent this kind of schedule. There about two years that could potentially challenge this – 2012 and 2014.
2012 was the fabled year when we finally got to see the crossover of multiple heroes in the record breaking film, The Avengers. This is what really kicked off interest into the genre, proving that you don’t have to be a geek to enjoy these types of films. That wasn’t the only big movie that came out though. Later that year, we also saw the reboot of the Spider-Man franchise in The Amazing Spider-man. Love it or hate it, it was largely successful and even had grounds for a sequel to be made. Then during the fall, the conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s fantastic Dark Knight trilogy arrived, titled The Dark Knight Rises. And while it wasn’t as good or well-received as the other two movies, it was still worth a watch.
Comic book films aside, we also saw the Alien prequel Prometheus, Men in Black 3, and the Dredd remake.
2014 was an even bigger year, mostly because the amount of films it had under its belt were almost all successful. The year kicked off in April with Captain America: Winter Soldier, which was arguably the best Marvel film at the time, and then Marvel essentially beat itself with the later release of Guardians of the Galaxy. We also saw the sequel to Sony’s Spider-Man reboot, The Amazing Spiderman 2, which didn’t do so well amongst critics, but I happened to enjoy the film and thought it was spectacular. It also marked the return of Bryan Singer in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which breathed new life into a dying franchise. Disney also released Big Hero 6, and DC had plenty of animated features to keep us interested.
Those years were both good and really snagged the interest of geeks, which I believe led to where we can now have ten films that are all geared towards that audience.
Will it go down in history?
2016 is going to be a great year for geeks and even filmgoers for that matter. Not all of the films may be good, but I think releases like Captain America: Civil War and Fantastic Beasts are sure to send it skyrocketing through the ranks as one of the best geek years in all of cinematic history. Get your wallets ready folks, it’s going to be a fun time.