Each year since Ironman, Hollywood has upped the ante for blockbuster comicbook films - but this year may take the cake. There are so many this year, we had to separate them out from all the other movies we want to see next year (which we will cover tomorrow.)
Captain America: Civil War
This might as well be called Avengers 3: This Time it's Personal. This movie is so big and cast-packed Marvel bought back Spiderman to be in it! We are so in. Premieres on May 6, 2016 - AKA not soon enough.
Entertainment Weekly just released the first official pictures of the Cumberbatch in full regalia - and despite some odd casting choices, I am seriously interested on how they are going to bring 'Serious Magic' into what has been a fairly science-heavy MCU. Set for release November 4th, 2016.
Keep the kiddos at home for this one, we finally get an R-rated comicbook movie brought to you by your friendly neighborhood Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds has committed HARD to being all things Wade Wilson, and if the new (NSFW) trailer is any indication it is going to be a bloody, raunchy, raucous good time. Out February 12th!
Another series chock-full of characters is the coming X-Men Apocalypse. Some excellent young cast additions gives me hope for this one, including the awesome Sophie Turner as Jean Grey. Also, BALD young Professor X, finally! Set as a Memorial Day tentpole.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
I personally have mixed feelings on this one, not due to the Batfleck - I'm actually fine with that - it's Jessie Eisenberg's Lex Luthor that has my Spidey-sense tingling on this one. Maybe I'm wrong. Either way I'll be ready to see Wonder Woman kick ass when it releases on March 25th.
Before the big DC superhero team up hits the big screens with the Justice League in 2017, the DC villains have #squadgoals - and all eyes will be on Jared Leto's Joker, even with the enormous cast of heavy hitters. Out August 5th.
With the post Holidays/post Star Wars blues in full swing, it's time to look ahead to 2016 - which is shaping up to be a mega-year for all things geek. In part one, we look to new and seasonally returning television shows to watch out for.
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
New Year's Day. 'nuff said.
The six episode mini-series revivial of one of the all time greats starts Sunday, January 24!
If you are into spoilers, EW has a 21-minute sneak preview here.
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
This 16-episode series is a spin-off of the fantastic CW Arrow and Flash franchises. Premieres January 21st!
The Shannara Chronicles
MTV tries its hand at a fantasy series that might be a bit more family-friendly than GoT. If the trailers are any indication, this could be GOOD. Premieres January 5th.
Syfy ran a sneaky preview of the first episode a week ago, which I've seen and I have to say it is really quite good and visually stunning. I've read the books, but any fan of Magic should give this one a chance. (Not for younger viewers.) Premieres officially on January 25th.
Game of Thrones returns for season 6 on HBO on April 24, 2016.
Also, Netflix should have Daredevil Season 2, Luke Cage and season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt sometime in 2016 - we'll keep you posted when dates are released.
UPDATE: Netflix announced season 2 of Daredevil will be released for your bingeing pleasure on March 25th!
And, of course, Orphan Black season 4 coming this spring!
(Spoiler free does not mean emotion free, so consider yourselves warned)
I saw it Saturday Night. Other GGs saw it opening day, others still haven't seen it. The craziness around the pre-sale made it difficult for us all to go together. But we had a massive chat about it yesterday, and everyone left the movie with a different opinion, favorite part, pet peeve and/or life changing experience. (Personally, I'm still not 100% sure how I feel about it.)
However, there were three things we could all completely agree on.
1. See it.
See it big and loud and 3D and Imax and all the things! It is beautiful. The visuals are amazingly stunning, the action is engrossing, detailed and enthralling. The music and sound is as sweeping and epic as you remember.
2. See it a second time.
Now this isn't pandering to the hype machine - we bailed from that a month ago. This is for practical reasons. The experience of "FINALLY SEEING STAR WARS" can be so overwhelming, it is really hard to take in the whole film.
No longer measured against hype and unrealistic expectations, you can see all the details and enjoy the movie for what it is the second time - a damned fine adventure.
and 3. Daisy Ridley as Rey is a revelation.
I won't say anything specific about her character, but Rey is THE hero for a new generation of children (and giddy adults). She is strong, kind and unwaveringly determined. She is smart, loyal and fiercely independent. Gone is the hesitant or reluctant hero trope. She takes it a runs - because it is the right thing to do.
Following her journey through these movies will be a true joy for years to come.
(I'm sure even implying that she lives is technically a spoiler, but y'all can stuff it.)
So that's it. That's our review. Make up your own mind - I'm sure people will be debating this to death for years to come.
Now start the countdown to Star Wars: Rogue One...
Entertainment Weekly gets all the good stuff! Today, they released these awesome character posters for the new Ghostbusters movie set for Summer blockbuster relase!
"An epic action-adventure from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling fantastical stories to the people of his seaside town. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a mythical spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and his heroic destiny. The all-star cast also includes George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Brenda Vaccaro."
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