2016 was bad.... The election, celebrity deaths, Harambe, you name it. However, for us Superhero fans, there were quite enough Superhero movies to keep us entertained. This year, the genre is rolling out even more films to keep us entertained. With that in mind, let's take a look at all the superhero goodies this year and which ones will succeed and which will not to do well.
The Lego Batman Movie
Batman is one of the most iconic superheroes of all time. We've seen him through many different perspectives, and many different actors take on the caped crusader. However, one of the most hilarious and fresh takes on the Dark Knight came in 2014's surprise hit "The LEGO Movie". Batman is played by Will Arnett who totally nails the broodiness of Batman. Now, to start off the year, Arnett returns with Ralph Fiennes as Alfred, Michael Cera as Robin, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, and Zack Galifinakis as The Joker. The trailers show that this movie could end up being hilarious and a great movie for kids and Batman fans alike. I say The Lego Batman Movie gets a positive reception from critics and does great at the Box Office.
In the troubled history of X-Men Movies, there have been great (Days of Future Past, X2, First Class) and there have been terrible (Last Stand, Origins, Apocalypse). But every single fan can agree that Hugh Jackman never fails in any of these movies to capture the spirit of Ol' Wolvie. With this being his final outing as the rough and tough mutant, we the fans wanted something the films could never capture. The rage and violence that IS Wolverine. It looks like Logan will be the one to deliver. With its R rating, we can finally see our favorite mutant let loose and do some slicing and dicing. Add that to the fact that this is unlike any superhero movie ever, with the emotional tone, the dystopian setting, and the Old Man Logan influence, and Logan might be THE Wolverine movie we've been clamoring for. Patrick Stewart returns to voice Charles Xavier once again, Daphne Keen as our possible new Wolverine (Everyone knows she's X-23, come on) and Stephen Merchant as Caliban, I predict Logan might be the best Superhero movie of 2017.
Power Rangers have been a part of so many childhoods. The movie is finally providing the live action Power Rangers we've been looking for. However, just judging by the adaptions of other childhood icons (TMNT, Transformers) Power Rangers doesn't have me hopeful in terms of story. I do think that all the young actors will knock it out of the park with their acting, and come on, can a movie with Elizabeth Banks and Bryan Cranston not make money? I mean maybe, but it's unlikely. Power Rangers will most likely be propelled thanks to its cast, but in terms of story I think not. Power Rangers stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, and Ludy Lin as the Rangers. Elizabeth Banks plays villain Rita Repulsa, and Bryan Cranston plays mentor Zordon.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
In 2014, Marvel proved anything can make them money when they brought the Guardians of the Galaxy to life. The Guardians since then have become household names, and it still tops many lists (Including mine) as one of the best Marvel Movies. Now, director James Gunn returns for an all new adventure with your favorite criminals turned sort of heroes. The big mystery from the first film, Star-Lords father, will be solved, as Kurt Russel joins as Ego the Living Planet. Chris Pratt returns and will surely give an electrifiying, emotional, and as usual hilarious preformance as Star-Lord. Dave Bautista seems to be letting go of the darkness and loosening up a little as he returns with the overly literal Drax. Bradley Cooper's Rocket will once again have us rolling with laughter, and hopefully we get more of his backstory this time around. Sisters Gamora and Nebula both return, promising more family drama between them. and finally, Baby Groot. Hey, even if the film turns out terrible (which I doubt) we'll have Baby Groot. Groot was easily the best part of the first film, so now seeing him as a tiny sapling with a loads of muscles will definitely keep us entertained. Expect Guardians to be a success, critically and in terms of money.
DC, DC, DC....
DC and Warner Bros. had a rough year. While Suicide Squad made tons of money, it wasn't critically well recieved. Batman v. Superman, didn't make much money and was critcally panned. I'm a DC fan hardcore. I love DC more than Marvel. But even I agree that last years movies weren't the best. But, no matter what side you're on, we all hope for the best. Wonder Woman looks great in my opinion, however, so did Suicide Squad. I'm holding out hope that this is the change in direction that will light up DC and put them back up there. There's no doubt that Chris Pine and Gal Gadot will be excellent, plus it's the first female superhero movie ever (at least for me). Wonder Woman will make money, most likely alot. The critical reception I predict will be mostly positive, with some flaws. Like a regular movie. Patty Jenkins needs to set her movie aside from the grim tone the DCEU has shown so far, and it looks good so far. I think Wonder Woman will be good, not GREAT, but an entertaining movie none the less.
Transformers: The Last Knight
Ok... we know the drill....
Transformers has been in a pretty deep hole, with the first one being good (for me anyways) and the rest going downhill from there. The Transformers formula is pretty simple, ancient alien artifact, Megatron resurrected, robots fight, lens flares, KABOOM! Not to say the trailer for the Last Knight hasn't intrigued me, or made me excited for the possibility of Unicron, but I feel that at this point, even an epic Anthony Hopkins voiceover can't save the Autobots. I'm sorry... but I think we've had our fair share of Transformers. I feel like fans will feel the same way, and I do think that it won't be well recieved at all. Don't even get me started on critics. But, as all Transformers movies are.... Money Magnets.
Tom Holland is Spider-Man. He beat Macguire, beat Garfield, and for me is the best Spider-Man. The trick is, getting the movie right. Spider-Man 2, is the best Spider-Man movie, and the first in that trilogy was also great. Unfortunately, the final installment and the two movies of the rebooted version weren't on the good side. While I'm skeptical of a Spider-Man movie somewhat, the trailer blew me away. Homecoming looks to be, THE Spider-Man movie we're looking for. Spider-Man has a special place in many fans hearts, and getting this movie right is crucial to his future at Marvel. Tom Holland will return after his spectacular debut in Civil War, and Marisa Tomei will be back as Aunt May. Jacob Batalon and Zendaya will play Ned Leeds and Michelle (???) as Peter's classmates. Bokeem Woodbine will play the Shocker, who I hope is not a one and done villain. Michael Churns is the Tinkerer, who is said to to supply weapons and armor made of Chitauri tech to Vulture. Speaking of Vulture, I really believe Michael Keaton will end the villain curse. I think Vulture will be a member of the good villains of Marvel (Loki, Nebula, Zemo, Kingpin). I think Homecoming will be amazing, fans will love it, critics will love it, and I think this Marvel's winner this year.
Chris Hemsworth has made his mark as Thor. He is great in all his movies and the Avengers films. However, his movies didn't really get up there. Thor was a good movie, Thor 2 is down there. Thor needs a solid finale, and I do hope this is it. The difference with Ragnarok is that it includes a cast of great Marvel heroes and villains. Thor will be joined by Hulk, and recently learned, Dr. Strange. Best. Teamup. Ever. Jeff Goldblum is in as Grandmaster, Cate Blanchett is in as Hela, and Karl Urban is Skurge the Executioner. Combined with Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, and Tom Hiddleston reprising their roles, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, excellent director Taika Watiti, and you've got the makings of a great film. The key is putting them together right. I think the final installment in the Thor franchise will be great. The All-Star cast which is the best of any Marvel movie in my opinion (Except Black Panther cause, come on, you can't top that) and what looks to be a powerful story that moves the MCU close to its final showdown with Thanos.
This is it, this is the deciding factor. DC needs to showcase its ability to have a superhero teamup movie that has a good story, good acting, and isn't confusing for general audiences. Justice League will decide the story of the DCEU going forward. So far it looks promising. Ben Affleck will grace the screens as Batman again, Ezra Miller looks to be a breakout star as The Flash, Gal Gadot returns as Wonder Woman, Jason Mamoa and Ray Fisher make thier debuts as Aquaman and Cyborg. The rumors of Deathstroke joining make this movie sound even better. The set visits earlier this year have rekindled hope. JL just needs to deliver, and I really think it will. My opinion is that Justice League does great with fans, while ciritcs give it generally positive reviews. Will it make money? Hell yeah. We've been waiting for Justice League for some time now. Give it to me.
2017 is giving us a large amount of Superhero films. SO who wins in my opinion? I think that the top 3 this year will be as follows.
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Wonder Woman
Again, I could be totally wrong! Sound off in the comments below, and have a great 2017!!