As we reach the final days of 2015, there’s a lot worth celebrating. Saint West was born, Adele graced the world with her return, and Star Wars made its return to the silver screen. Looking forward to next year, though, movies are where it’s at. From the long awaited sequels (Finding Dory, Zoolander 2) to the we-can’t-wait pop culture events (Ghostbusters, Warcraft) the 2016 film game is sure to be fire. We’ve recapped all we know so far about some of the most anticipated films of twenty-sixteen. And if you were hoping it would be the year where superhero movies didn’t run the box office, we may or may not have some bad news for you… See below to find out.
Release Date: February 12
The hype surrounding Ben Affleck’s male-model cult hit will either propel this sequel to greatness or cause something of a self-implosion. Due out just before Valentine’s Day, Stiller and his modeling rival, Hansel (Owen Wilson) are recruited by Interpol to investigate the murders of attractive celebrities (which allegedly includes Justin Bieber). Will Ferrell will be making a return as the sinister(ish) Jacobim Mugatu, while Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and even Benedict Cumberbatch are set to spring up in the film as well. At this point we just want this movie to come out so we can stop hearing about it.
Release Date: February 12
We can file this one under “ridiculous film that doesn’t take itself too seriously.” The Deadpool trailer both mocks the super hero genre and stays so true to it, while incorporating a refreshing spritz of Ryan Reynolds. It definitely won’t be the best film on this list, but it might be one of the least predictable.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
Release Date: March 25
The little movie that made everybody want to be Greek (and buy an unnecessary amount of Windex) is also making a comeback in 2016. Toula is slowly turning into the overprotective Greek mother she dreaded while struggling to maintain intimacy in her marriage. Meanwhile another Greek wedding (this time, in Greece) will probably solve everything.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Release Date: March 25
There’s a few inherent issues with this movie. For one, it feels like Christian Bale just finishing slaying as Batman and Ben Affleck still doesn’t feel like the perfect fit. There’s also the weird robotic batsuit. We’re trying to let all that slide and watch a real rivalry play out between DC’s biggest heroes. If nothing else, we get to see Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.
Barbershop: The Next Cut
Release Date: April 15
There is no questioning that one of the best films of the early 2000s was Barbershop lead by Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer. A sequel, Queen Latifah’s helmed Beauty Shop , and a quickly failed TV series, later, the franchise fell off for ten years, but alas, it’s time for a grand reopening. Nicki Minaj, Regina Hall, and Tia Mowry join the already star-studded cast that hopes to use the barbershop as a backdrop to curb neighborhood violence. Here’s to hoping the legacy from the original series isn’t tarnished (See: Little Fockers).
Release Date: May 27
At this point the timeline for X-Men has gotten quite confusing but that doesn’t mean we’re not excited for the ninth film in the series. Okay, maybe it is getting a little out of hand. Apocalypse centers around the ‘young cast’ (a la James James MacAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult) and takes place 20 years before the original X-Men and ten years after the conclusion of Days of Future Past. Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence have already announced that this would be their last film in the series. As far as plot goes, the film centers around the mutants teaming up to defeat the first mutant, aptly named Apocalypse.
Release Date: June 17
us most rational human beings, you lived for Ellen Degeneres in Finding Nemo, then there’s a lot in store for this long-awaited sequel. After helping Nemo and Marlin reunite the last time around, Dory decides it’s time to find her own family and will likely run into plenty of snags along the way. If you think you’re too old for this movie, you’re trying way too hard.
Independence Day 2: Resurgence
Release Date: June 24
Will Smith may have been ~too expensive~ for the sequel, but we have a feeling that Liam Hemsworth will do just fine. Remnants of the aliens who were killed during the original film come back to try and wreak some real havoc this go around. Expect lots of explosions, inspirational quotes, and missed opportunities for the Fresh Prince to have reprised his role.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) July 10, 2015
Release Date: July 15
This writer has had absolutely no chill ever since the all-female remake of Ghostbusters was announced. Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones are going to slay this film like nothing has ever been slayed before and we are waiting by the phone for their call. OG’s Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Annie Potts, and Sigourney Weaver will all be making cameos while Cecily Strong and Chris Hemsworth will have supporting roles.
Release Date: August 5
Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, and Cara Delevingne, what more could you want? Well in case you’ve been hiding under a rock and ignoring the imminent resurfacing of The Joker (of the Leto variety), Viola Davis commands a group of villains by forcing them to do some good. You could argue it’s a grittier Avengers stuck somewhere in the middle of Watchmen and Jessica Jones. Either way this is not going to be your average superhero movie.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Release Date: November 18
With a trailer straight off the press, it’s finally time to get excited about this sort-off prequel/spinoff to Harry Potter. In case you didn’t already love the Potter films, this also has Eddie Redmayne. You won’t notice much in common with the HP series since Fantastic Beasts is based seventy years before little Harry jumps onto the scene. Newt Scamander (Redmayne) comes to the the Magical Congress of the USA and accidentally releases a few creatures into the NYC ecosystem. J.K. Rowling, unlike with her main series, served as a screenwriter for this film. You oughta see this one, because it’s going to be part of a trilogy you surely won’t be able to escape.