Is it becoming the age of the Superhero? It seems that every time we turn around there is another movie about superheroes coming out. And 2016 will be no different. Four different movies, by two different production companies will be released in 2016. X-men Apocalypse, Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad are the names of the upcoming films.
The next addition to the X-Men franchise will be X-Men Apocalypse. This movie will follow the X-Men as they try to defeat the very first, and most powerful mutant who wants to rule the world. Raven, played by Jennifer Lawrence, and Professor X, played by James McAvoy, plus many of the other characters from the series must unite to defeat this great evil. Also Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicolas Holt (Beast), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), and Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert) will all be returning in the next film. Many new characters and actors are being added to this next film. They will be playing characters (old and new) from the X-Men comics for which the movies are based. X-Men Apocalypse is expected to be released on May 27, 2016
Marvel is coming out with another movie in 2016 as well, Captain America: Civil War. The next movie in the Captain America franchise will follow the differences between Captain America and Iron Man which splits the Avengers mostly due to political interference. Chris Evans and Robert Downey will both return in the new movie as Captain America and Iron Man. Also Scarlett Johansson will return as the Black Widow and Anthony Mackie as Falcon. In this movie Marvel will also introduce the superhero Spider-Man, played by the up incoming actor Tom Holland. Captain America: Civil War will be released, on May 6, 2016.
DC will be coming out with its own two movies in 2016. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be the first to be released, expected to be March 25, 2016. This movie follows Batman and Superman as they go to war with each other. Batman will be played by Ben Affleck and Superman by Henry Cavill. This movie seems to be the start of the Justice League, a comic by DC involving many of its superheroes. In this movie Wonder Women is also going to be featured and played by Gal Gadot.
The other movie DC will be coming out with next year is Suicide Squad. This follows super-villains being recruited to perform missions in exchange for their early release. The whole cast is comprised of well known actors. Including Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto, Will Smith, Scott Eastwood, and Viola Davis. The movie is expected to be released on August 5, 2016.
Overall, the fact that four movies about superheroes are being released in the next year shows just how popular these movies are and continue to be, and I don’t foresee that changing anytime soon. But, with great power, comes great responsibility!