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With the surprise box office smash of Deadpool a few weeks ago, it begs the question: will the Superhero Movie bubble pop as so many people believe it will, or are we just now entering the golden age of Superhero Movies?

It doesn’t look like they can be stopped (and would we even want them to?). With so many good movies coming down the pipe, I decided it would be best to let you know what you need see.

If you don’t and call yourself a fan of comic book movies, your fandom will be called into question.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (out now!!)

5 Comic Book Movies of 2016: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

Should you be excited? Yes. This one’s out and you probably already saw it (or read a review about it). If not, don’t let the poor reviews deter you. I’ve seen it and is it great? Honestly, no, but it is still worth your time. I was excited for this film back when they first showed the Superman Symbol over the Bat symbol a few years ago at Comic Con and now it’s finally here.This film is the embodiment of every long-winded discussion I’ve ever had with any of my friends. Who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman? Who knows?! Personally, my allegiances have always been with the Bat, but if we’re being honest, in a straight up fist fight, I hate to admit that Superman would likely beat Batman.

Ben Affleck as Batman is astounding to see on screen. There are scenes in this film that will show you just how terrifying and brutal the Batman really can be. Henry Cavill earns his role as Superman (finally). Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is something you just need to see for yourself. I think the terms you’re going to be looking for are “Bad Ass” or maybe “Ass-kicker”. Either way she deserves the title. She steals the show from what feels like an already packed movie.

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, you probably still have a few questions. Will there be Kryptonite involved? How powerful is that Mecha Bat Suit? If all the heroes are just going to pop up suddenly, where have they been?! The bigger questions is, was that really the unstoppable Doomsday in the 2nd trailer? If so, what will it mean for Superman? All your questions will be answered, but you will have so many more once you leave the theater.

Director Zack Snyder’s follow up to 2013’s Man of Steel is already on track to be one of the biggest movies of the summer, hitting $170M its opening weekend. Regardless of which hero wins, this is history, foretold to us back in 2007 by Will Smith in I Am Legend.

Captain America: Civil War (May 6th)

5 Comic Book Movies of 2016: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

It feels like people have been anticipating this film more than the last Avengers film. Unlike with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, we have been with the characters of Captain America/Steve Rogers and Iron Man/Tony stark for some time now. We’ve seen them grow as characters, but more importantly, we’ve seen them butt heads. Now with Civil War, not only will they be fighting, but it looks like we are going to be seeing the new team divided.

My questions for this one: what’s the deal with Black Panther? How can Black Widow be on a team against Captain America? What could bring Tony and Steve to finally need to fight?! Whatever comes from this movie one thing is for certain: things are going to be shaken up.

Also, have you seen the latest trailer? If not you really should. Seriously, go!  Now!! Spider-Man was in it! I have so many more questions. Why did his eyes do that thing with the mechanical sounds?  Sure, we saw Spider-Man a few years ago, but something just feels so right knowing he is back in the hands of Marvel.

X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27)

5 Comic Book Movies of 2016: X-MEN APOCALYPSE

A few years ago, it seemed that Fox’s X-Men franchise was long dead. Sure, Hugh Jackman was still game to be Wolverine, but what about the other characters? What happened to Jean? Is the Professor really dead? Will Magneto ever get his powers back?! So many questions left unanswered.

Then X-Men: First Class surprised fans back in 2011 by breathing new life into the presumed dead series. With the Wolverine in 2013 and X-Men: Days of Future Past in 2014, things are finally back on track.  Even with Hugh Jackman hanging up the claws soon, there’s still so much left to explore. We’ll get to see a young Jean, a young Scott (Cyclops), and even a young Storm. And if you know anything about your X-Men, you have got to be excited to see Jubilee on the screen finally.

Also, Oscar Isaac as the terrifying villain Apocalypse is such brilliant casting. Isaac is on fire right now, and I don’t see him fizzling out anytime soon.

Suicide Squad (August 5th)

5 Comic Book Movies of 2016: SUICIDE SQUAD

It’s surprising how much hype this film has behind it. At first I didn’t know what to make of it. Is it just another team-up movie for the sake of team-up movies? And who are they? They’re not the Avengers, or the Justice League, and they’re not even the Guardians of the Galaxy. If the trailers are any indication of what’s to come, they are their own thing.  Jared Leto’s portrayal of the Joker seems to be ripped right from the page of the comics. Will Smith looks like he’s in top form, and Margot Robbie looks like she’s having fun portraying Harley Quinn. Frankly, everyone looks like they’re having fun even if the film ends up being much darker than the trailer lets on.

If that doesn’t sell you, then just remember that there’s a good chance we are going to see Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight here, for the second time, within the same year. Pinch me, I must be dreaming.

Doctor Strange (November 4th)

5 Comic Book Movies of 2016: DR STRANGE

Marvel may be the big boys on the block right now but there are somethings they just haven’t done yet, one of those being magic. The Marvel Universe is more than just aliens, men in metal suits, and people with “enhanced” abilities. It’s a universe where even things like magic are very real.

Initially back when the announcements for all the new Marvel movies came out, I was a bit skeptical at the idea of Ant-Man getting his own movie. Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man proved me wrong and crawled his way into my heart. Doctor Strange is a different beast entirely. His introduction means big things for the universe, and I have a feeling it’s going to change the moment he recites his first spell. The only thing I can’t wait for is the eventually team up of the “Awesome Facial Hair Bros”.

5 Comic Book Movies of 2016: Dr Strange and Iron Man as Awesome Facial Hair Bros

Hopefully, Benedict Cumberbatch will have no trouble charming us as he takes on the role of Doctor Steven Strange. Marvel hasn’t had a miss yet and I doubt this one will be the first one.

What films are you excited for? Let us know what you think down in the comments!


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