(Pssst! This is what the next few years of your life looks like)
thoughts by the Raven.
With a staggering array of source material to pick from, movie studios (Marvel, WB, Sony, Fox, etc) have dived deep into the world of all things comic book. They’re officially addicted. Thats right kids, there’s a new kind of movie crack out there for film junkies and it’s mainly superhero flavoured. What this means for us screen nerds is that it’s a really exciting time to be alive. As an audience we get to witness a mad exciting blend of of VFX, high-stakes casts and fiction all blown to life on celluloid (with dope budgets that seem to just get bigger and bigger…). As a result of which, this year we bore witness to Dr Strange, Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman, Civil War and X-men Apocalypse. As we come to close of 2016, let’s see what’s in store for the next 3 years, shall we?
[Note: Two “outsider” movies are included in this movie by the Raven’s judgement.]
The LEGO Batman Movie — February 10, 2017
Director: Chris McKay
After featuring in the LEGO movie, we find Batman in his standalone LEGO flick. Talk about merging the superpowers of plastic brick and Gotham. With Will Arnett returning as the voice of Batman, we have Zach Galifianakis voicing the Joker (what a jump from Jared Leto), Rosario Dawson as Batgirl and Michael Cera who plays Robin. I’m personally not a big LEGO fan so I’m hoping there’s a good dose of comedy throughout to keep it fun. Let’s see how this goes.
Wolverine 3: Logan — March 3, 2017
Director: James Mangold
Following the success of raunchy Deadpool, we get our first R rated Wolverine film. The film stars Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine, Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier/ Professor X and Boyd Holbrook as the villain Donald Pierce. The film has completed shooting and is potentially slated as Hugh Jackman’s last appearance as Wolverine, a character he has donned since the millennium. It’s going to be a big one, wolves.
Kong: Skull Island — March 10, 2017
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Based on the King Kong origin story ; Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson and John Goodman portray explorers who chance upon our gigantic friend. They also meet other monstrous creatures on a remote island in the Pacific. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts stated that he has no plans to hold back the power of Kong from audiences (like Godzilla did for the first full hour zzz) and is determined to make a very different version of the film, compared to its predecessors.
Power Rangers — March 24, 2017
Director: Dean Israelite
This will be the first Power Rangers reboot since its earlier release way back in 1997. Remember those guys? Sure you do. Filmed in Vancouver, the movie is said to have a serious tone. We’ve got Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) cast as Zordon – the creator and leader of the Power Rangers. Cranston actually compared the new version to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, which is a pretty bold thing to say. Too much crack, Bryan?
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 — May 5, 2017
Director: James Gunn
Following the mad success of Guardians of the Galaxy, we have director James Gunn, along Chris Pratt and co., return for another movie. Face it, we all saw this coming. New additions include Kurt Russell and Pom Klementieff who join the team as Ego and Mantis. Also, Baby Groot, comes to life! I’m hoping this is gonna be a fun, galactic ride. Stay tuned for lots of bobbleheads.
Wonder Woman — June 2, 2017
Director: Patty Jenkins
This is definitely the movie I’m most excited about on this list, and for good reason. After Gal Gadot’s amazing appearance as Wonder Woman in BvS Dawn of Justice, we meet her again in a stand alone film. Directed by Patty Jenkins, we find Chris Pine and Robin Wright on the cards too. I’m excited to see a badass female character finally take reign as a protagonist; and that to, in the setting of the first World War. And damn… what a theme song. But just remember, this is an origin movie – so Wonder Woman isn’t at the peak or prime of her powers just yet. She’s starting to understand and control them, while establishing herself in the DC universe as a force to be reckoned with.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle — June 16th, 2017
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Based on the spy comic book series The Secret Service, we get our 2nd look into the R-rated world of Kingsman. This time around we get the likes of Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum and… wait for it… Elton John, joining the cast. Matthew Vaughn will be back in the director’s chair, and promises to give us an even edgier second helping. With Colin Firth’s character returning from the dead (as confirmed in numerous articles), fans are definitely going to go watch it, simply to see how he survived. Smart marketing tactic, Eggsy.
Spider-Man: Homecoming — July 7, 2017
Director: Jon Watts
Excited yet, webheads? In what might be the Spiderman movie we’ve all been waiting for, it’s finally Tom Holland’s turn to spin some webs as Spidey. He’s part of the MCU and rumour has it that we’ll get to see Iron Man in the role of mentor, in this flick. We hope to see more of that fun banter between Spiderman and his peers as we did in Civil War earlier this year. Thank you for trying to save the Spiderman franchise, Holland. We hope the story holds up.
Thor: Ragnarok — November 3, 2017
Director: Taika Waititi
Aussie Chris Hemsworth returns for his third stand alone Thor movie in Ragnarok. In a fun twist, we get NZ’s Taika Waititi (What We Do In the Shadows) taking over as director. I’m excited to see what tones of dark humour (Waititi’s forte) are brought to the table, in order to elevate this franchise to the next level. We will also see Cate Blanchett as the villain, Hela. This is the first Thor movie I’m actually looking forward to, and it’s all because of the cast and crew. That combination of creative energy may be what we’ve all been waiting for.
Justice League — November 17, 2017
Director: Zack Snyder
Following Superman’s death, we find Batman assembling a team with Wonder Woman in order to save the world. Sounds predictable enough right? But we’re still mad excited, and that’s because of the rest of the line up: Aquaman, Cyborg and Flash finally come to movie life. The trailers look good so far, and all production schedules seems to be moving according to plan. The cast is crazy too. This is going to be super special for DC fans everywhere, myself included. I’m praying it’s amazing!
Deadpool 2 — January 12, 2018
Director: David Leitch
This movie shows us the exit of Tim Miller as director and the entrance of David Leitch (John Wick), and I am super stoked. The Deadpool sequel is already highly anticipated by fans (and studios) everywhere thanks to the overwhelming response (read: dollah bills) it received. Most of the cast have confirmed that they’re returning, and the connection between X-men and Deadpool’s universes have been solidified so this has a good, positive forecast. The humour is meant to get more raunchy and inappropriate, but dark as well, so be prepared. We’re also going to get more personal elements of the character in this movie, inspired heavily by the game. But the eternal question looms, like they do on all sequels following a hit – can iit be better or even surpass the first movie? Lets hope so. Also, expect some quintessential meta deadpool scenes.
Black Panther — February 16, 2018
Director: Ryan Coogler
Ryan Coogler (Creed) takes the wheel as director in this bound-to-be iconic film which will make it the first non-white male-led super hero MCU film. Chadwick Boseman plays the protagonist, after introducing us to his character in Civil War. With a 90% African and African-American cast, Marvel says the crux of the film will revolve around the story of how an isolationist nation meets the rest of the world. Expect lots of sparks.
The Flash — March 23, 2018
Director: Seth Grahame-Smith
This will be The Flash’s first solo movie, following short cameos in BvS and Suicide Squad. Lead actor Ezra Miller (aka Barry Allen) was so busy shooting Fantastic Beasts that the production of The Flash in anything but fast. Irony, thou art funny indeed. Production’s pushed to late 2017, which makes a March 2018 release close to impossible. Expect an official change of date shortly. On a good note, we’ll also definitely see Cyborg (perhaps as a cameo, perhaps as more) in this movie! Yay.
Avengers: Infinity War — May 4, 2018
Director: Joe and Anthony Russo
Marvel is breaking down the Infinity War storyline into two movies, in which our main baddie will be Thanos, played by Josh Brolin. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, this film is a representation of what big movie houses have been trying to do all along; ie, to eventually combine every big superhero into one massive war orgy. Capitalizing on multiverses. Sigh. Shot on IMAX’s new digi cams, this movie will be the first half of the grand finale to all the movies we’ve seen by Marvel since The Incredible Hulk. Intense.
Ant-Man And The Wasp — July 6, 2018
Director: Peyton Reed
Directed by Peyton Reed, we meet Ant-Man (played by Paul Rudd) for the second time in his own movie – but wait, he’s not the only lead – for the first time ever we have a female character co-starring as a protagonist in the form of The Wasp (played by Evangeline Lily). This is the Marvel Studio’s first release that contains a heroines name in the title. We don’t know much else so far, except that Michael Douglas is returning too, and we can expect a ton of laughs.
Aquaman — July 27, 2018
Director: James Wan
We saw Aquaman in BvS, and we know that he’s a big part of the Justice League. Now, we’re going to get him in his own movie. James Wan is the Director of the upcoming Aquaman; and following big hits like Furious 7 and The Conjuring, Warner Bros is confident they’ve made the right choice. Let’s hope that Jason Momoa and Amber Heard nail their roles, because otherwise this movie could be… well, damp.
Animated Spider-Man Film — December 21, 2018
Director: Phil Lord and Chris Miller
That’s right, we’re getting a stand alone animated film. But hey – there’s no Peter Parker. We’re going to get a new spidey – meet Miles Morales, a half-black, half-Puerto Rican kid, that was created in 2011, inspired by Barack Obama and Childish Gambino. I’m not making this up. Once that thought mellows, you’ll realize how smart and different this might actually be. I’m quite looking forward to it now. Go Miles!
Untitled Batman Reboot — Date TBA/Possibly 2018
Director: Ben Affleck
So guess what Batfleck fans – we’re potentially getting a Batman movie written and directed by Ben Affleck, and it’s currently scheduled for release 18 months from now (according to Warner Bros CEO Jeff Bewkes). This decision is going to polarize the audience because people either love or hate batfleck. No official date has been set, but we have gotten the nod that Joe Manganiello will be playing the main villain, Deathstroke. It’s sure gonna be fun to see how fans react to this flick post Batman V Superman. Batsy, batsy, batsy.
Captain Marvel — March 8, 2019
How cool is this? Marvel’s first female led superhero movie just happens to be one of the most powerful characters that we’ve got in the MCU so far! Enter, Captain Marvel aka Carol Danvers, a force with ridiculously powerful cosmic powers, who will be played by Brie Larson. The director still isn’t selected, and we haven’t got any other info on the movie, except that it’s going to be colossal. Hmm.. Could this be Marvel’s strategically placed counterplay to DC’s Wonder Woman?
Shazam! — April 5, 2019
With talks still in the nascent stage, we can only confirm one aspect of this film – The Rock, aka, Dwayne Johnson will be making his debut in a superhero movie. (Cmon, we all saw this coming after he was casted in the Furious series). He will play the villain Black Adam, who murdered Shazam’s parents. Shazam is also called Captain Marvel, not to be confused with Marvel’s female character mentioned above, who just happens to shares the same name. We still don’t know who’s going to play the lead, but there are some weird options floating around.
Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 — May 3, 2019
Director: Joe and Anthony Russo
This is the end, beautiful friend, the end… No seriously, it’s done! If you want to say your goodbyes, do it now Marvel fans. This will be the Russo bros final movie about all our favourite Avengers, and man, it’s going to HAVE to be amazing. If it isn’t, nerds will probably egg the Russo brothers houses. These guys have a serious task to fulfil and I almost feel bad for them. I hope they keep it smart and classy, and don’t just make up for grandeur with bombs and explosions. We need a brilliant script, and spot on acting, apart from epic VFX. All the best bros.
Justice League Part 2 — June 14, 2019
Director: Zack Snyder
Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa and (duh) Zack Snyder will return to create the final cinematic act of the Justice League, in 2019. We’ll also get to chance upon Green Lantern, Nightwing and Mera. However, recent reports tell us that there might not be a 2nd Justice League at all. This is following the slump at the box office thanks to Dawn of Justice, and has the producer’s all freaked out. What i’m guessing they’ll do, is test the waters with the first part of Justice League and take it from there. Fair enough.
Cyborg — April 3, 2020
After his debut in The Justice League Part One, (and a rumoured short cameo in The Flash) it’s only much later in 2020 when Cyborg finally gets to have his own standalone film. Ray Fisher is slated to play our protagonist, who is a science experiment turned superhero. Half-man, half-machine, our hero has metallic prosthetics and is a technopath, ie, he can just seamlessly integrate into anything technological. Pretty relevant and cool to think about in our cyber age. BTW, don’t expect to see much of Fisher’s real face in the movie. We’ve heard that most of the character is complete CGI. Especially his face because of all the fancy shit he wears on it. David Ayer may fill the director’s chair, but it isn’t confirmed.
Green Lantern Corps — July 24, 2020
Aiming to be a complete reboot of the Green Lantern series and hoping they’ve waited long enough for the Ryan Reynolds 2011 trainwreck incident to dissipate from our memories; we have WB giving it another go. With no director slated so far, the premise is that we find Jordan, John Stewart and the other Green Lanterns protect our galaxy from all things evil. Sounds predictable enough. After all the big Justice League and Avengers movies, I wonder if the saturated movie going audience will even care enough to get hyped for this movie. Nothing about it appeals to me. And it was so bad the first time nothing can erase that memory. Gah.
Suicide Squad 2 — Date TBA
David Ayer and most of the SKWAD is returning for a sequel, slated to start development in 2017. Which means, we just get to see Harley and gang return around summer 2018. However, not much else has been announced – but WB is still promoting the suicidal bunch by launching a website where fans can access A.R.G.U.S files and get indepth and personal with DCEU characters. Pretty cool. Photos of original concept art from the first movie hint at Enchantress being the entry point for characters like Darkseid, so i’m hoping they play with that in an interesting way.
Venom — Date TBA
Venom is an alien character that needs a human host to survive off of. He gifts his host with super powers as barter. And he’s actually been one of my favourite villains of all times, from the comic world because he genuinely freaks me out. We all know him from the Spiderman movie right? But apparently, Dante Harper has been selected to write the screenplay for a standalone Venom film, and he the storyline will be completely independent and devoid of Spiderman! WOT? They also envision a venomous franchise. Hmmm. Let’s see how this web’s out.
Gambit — Date TBA
Director: Doug Limon
Remember that funky dude with the crazy red eyes in the 90’s X-men cartoons? That’s Gambit – a superhero that can channel kinetic energy into anything and make it explode. His weapon of choice? Cards. Why? Cuz gambling is cool, according to LeBeau, who prefers slicing his enemies, because it’s quick and convenient. He’s also known to be good with the ladies, which is probably why they’ve cast Channing Tatum for the lead role. Rumours suggest that Deadpool will pop around to generally piss off Gambit as comic humour, and the potential villain is Mister Sinister (who btw, we also see in Logan). If you’ve read the tabloids, you may have stumbled onto some literature about Gambit’s production having a spell of bad luck. Here’s hoping they manage to pull it off.
Dark Justice League — Date TBA
In this animated movie, we’ll meet some of the more supernatural characters of the comic world, including (but not limited to) Constantine, Deadman, Swamp Thing, Zatanna, The Demon, Madame Xanadu, Anton Arcane and Etrigan the Demon. Originally handed over to Guillermo del Toro, the project’s baton has passed to Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) thanks to Toro’s schedule with Pacific Rim 2. Sneak peeks at NY Comic Con have shown us animation that is similar to that of Young Justice, and the colour theme is slated to be marble-esque and almost god-like. This is gonna be gritty and fun, me thinks.
Harley Quinn/Birds of Prey Project — Date TBA
Margot Robbie has sure struck up a good rapport with the boys at WB, because she’s officially producing and starring in a HQ spin off, called Birds of Prey. This will be DC’s girl power slamdunk, hosting a bunch of kickass female characters in one sexy team. There’s no release date slated, but there’s a high chance it’ll take the Nov 1 2019 mystery release date already booked by DCEU. Poison Ivy, Black Canary, Batgirl, Huntress, Catwoman and Katana are all potential characters. Not gonna lie, i’m wishing I was also in the line up – Raven would fit perfectly, she would.
Inhumans – Date TBA
In the comics, we find Inhumans fill the scientific gap between Humans and Xmen, by being a species that is not native to Earth but designed to survive here. Their powers reveal themselves after being exposed to a special vapour – The Terrigen Mist. This race of superhumans, dreamt to life by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, will now be turned into a TV series that will premier in IMAXs for the first 2 weeks before hitting tv screens everywhere. Giants ABC, Marvel and Disney/ABC group are going to release this in Fall 2017. The storyline will circle around the royal family and adventures of Black Bolt.
Phew! Those are a lot of movies right there. 30+ to be precise! The Crow and I sure have our work cut out for us for the next few years. Sigh. And to think, I actually excluded a bunch of mystery films that have been slated by DC and Marvel because they’re too unpredictable and infant to document at this stage. So imagine that. We’ve got so much amazing stuff to look forward to, and I truly hope that Hollywood plays around more and pushes the envelope instead of cookie-cuttering scripts. I’m especially excited for Wonder Woman, Kingsman 2, Justice League, Black Panther, HQ Birds of Prey and Avengers Infinity War!
Bring it on, hollywood.
What are you most excited about? I’d love to know. Comment below. Us corvids are curious creatures, after all. Caw!