We are living in the golden era of superhero/comic book movies. Ever since Marvel began with their cinematic universe in 2008 and Warner Bros. jumped in to taste some of the success of The Avengers we’re witnessing these being produced on a large scale now. Superhero movies are now some of the highest grossing movies of the year and just last year we had six of them. In 2017 we’ve got a lot more of them to look forward to. Here’s a rundown of all the superhero movies that will surely leave your pocket empty:
1. The Lego Batman Movie – February 10th
The Lego Movie literally came out of nowhere and won our hearts back in 2014. The movie was an unexpected hit and was so well made (despite being a long commercial for Legos) that people were legitimately sad when it wasn’t even nominated for the “Best Animated Film” Oscar. Will Arnett is returning back as Batman with Robot Chicken director Chris McKay. Also starring are Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, and Zach Galifianakis.
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2. Logan – March 3rd
This is probably the last time ever we will get to see Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, everyone’s favourite X-Men. In Logan, we see a very old err Logan whose regenerative abilities have slowed down considerably. Jackman is seen protecting a young X-23 throughout the film, the same way he was introduced on the big screen back in 2000. This will be the first film in the series (Wolverine series, not the X-Men which includes Deadpool) which will be rated R. The trailer definitely made me shed some tears, hopefully, the film will too.
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3. Power Rangers – March 24th
Power Rangers is getting a gritty reboot with this film. Actor Bryan Cranston who plays Zardon in an interview said that this film will be to the franchise as a whole what The Dark Knight was to Batman ’66. The film is closer to the Josh Trank directed Chronicle than the goofy and campy television series.
The film also stars Elizabeth Banks, Ludi Lin, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Dacre Montgomery, and Bill Hader.
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4. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2. – May 5th
Guardians of the Galaxy was easily the biggest surprise of 2014 which made Chris Pratt aka Star-Lord, a household name and we collectively fell in love with Groot. The sequel will focus on the storyline involving Star Lord’s father who is played by Kurt Russell. James Gunn is back in the director’s chair and seeing the trailer for the film, I cannot be more excited.
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5. Wonder Woman – June 2nd
Wonder Woman has a lot to accomplish this summer. It has to prove that female-led superhero films can be highly profitable when well made and that the DCEU is still worth watching. The film has the potential to revitalize the franchise has a whole after the critical duds that were the theatrical releases of Batman v Superman & Suicide Squad. If this movie is received well by all, it will also ensure more confidence in Justice League.
There is some serious talent involved with the film. Director Patty Jenkins has been highly involved in the creative process is very confident of Gal Gadot and Diana Prince. Also starring are heavyweights Chris Pine, Robin Wright, and Connie Nielson.
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6. Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7th
The prodigal son has returned. Last year, Marvel and Sony were able to crack a deal to include Spidey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe which led to his inclusion the awesome fight sequence in Civil War. Kevin Feige said that the film will be a “John Hughes” film and the first trailer did well to get that message across. Also, another reason to get excited in case you already weren’t is the fact that Michael Keaton is playing the villain Vulture and there seems to be a lot more Tony Stark in it than what we initially thought.
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7. Thor: Ragnarok – November 3rd
This is the third entry in the long-running franchise. Thor will be teaming up with Hulk but we seriously don’t know how much of the giant green hero we’ll be seeing. Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Watiti (What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt For The Wilder) and also stars along with the usual cast Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, and Tessa Thompson.
8. Justice League – November 17th
And coming to the last major superhero release of the year Justice League. Batman is rounding up all the “metahumans” as he senses something big is about to happen thanks to Lex’s warning at the end of Batman v Superman. The future of the DCEU rests on the success (both critical and box-office) of the movie. Director Zack Snyder has a lot to prove here. Ever since production began and majorly with the set visit, fans were indicated early on that the film will be lighter in tone and all the unnecessary brooding will henceforth be removed. DC Movies have usually begun their marketing about a year before the film’s release but with JL, they have been holding back. The only footage we’ve seen so far is the one from Comic Con and the wrap-up footage Zack shared some months back. We’re expecting a trailer soon.
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