Film Critic and Writer for ComiConverse.com, the Founder and co-host of the official Nerdcast Network Podcast
ComiConverse Lead Film Critic, Jordan Samuel, provides a comprehensive list of what to look for at the cinema, and on television, in the first installment of this new series: ComiConverse Preview.
March is shaping up to be solid month for Marvel and DC fans as 2016 starts to bring us the films and shows we all have been waiting for.
Along with some other interesting films added to the mix, March should rock everyone’s socks. Buckle up and look out for anything that catches your eye. March 2016 is going to be a good time for film and television fans.
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London Has Fallen
Sequels are dominant this year, and this one looks sweet. London Has Fallen is set to succeed Olympus Has Fallen with many of the cast members reprising their roles. Gerard Butler returns to the franchise as it tries to provide a solid action-packed sequel, this time in London.
Hopefully it will deliver as a solid action-thriller. London Has Fallen releases on March 4th
In London, the British Prime Minister has died under mysterious circumstances and his funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the Western world. What starts out as the most protected event on Earth turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart), his formidable US Secret Service lead agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), Vice President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), and a British MI6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one. – IMBD
Animated films were all the rage in 2015 with the likes of Inside Out being nominated for Oscars. And March begins the cycle again with Zootopia, set in a world populated by various anthropomorphic animal species.
We are sure Zootopia will make big moves during March. Zootopia is released on March 4th in the United States.
In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a fugitive con artist fox and a rookie bunny cop must work together to uncover a conspiracy. – IMBD
10 Cloverfield Lane
10 Cloverfield Lane has had a strange couple months after the film’s surprise announcement, mainly due to being a spiritual successor to Cloverfield, the end of the world classic – hopefully it will all pay off in the cinema.
Cloverfield Lane is in theaters March 11th worldwide.
After surviving a car accident, a woman wakes up in an underground cellar, where most of the film takes place. She fears she has been abducted by a survivalist, who tells her he saved her life, and that a worldwide chemical attack has left Earth’s surface uninhabitable. Uncertain what to believe, she decides she must escape, no matter what dangers she may face outside. – IMBD
The Divergent Series: Allegiant
Divergent is finally ending, but before that we have one more film in the series, with The Divergent Series: Allegiant. The young adult franchise has had a modest following and should provide some fun for hardcore fans of the series.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant releases March 10th in the United Kingdom (March 18th US)
After the earth-shattering revelations of The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice. – IMBD
I had to put this on our March preview mainly due to it being the most unknown release. Midnight Special is directed by Jeff Nichols, the director behind 2011’s amazing Mud. He is calling this a “sci-fi chase film.”
Hopefully everyone reading this list will give Midnight Special a chance when it is released on March 18, 2016
Roy (Michael Shannon) is a father desperate to protect his uniquely gifted, eight-year-old son Alton (Jaeden Lieberher). Joined by his accomplice, Lucas, and his ex-wife, Sarah (Kirsten Dunst), this group must race to get Alton to a secret location all while being hunted by an extreme religious sect led by Calvin Meyer (Sam Shepard) and a government task force headed up by Paul Sevier (Adam Driver). It is a full-on chase, the outcome of which could bring about a world-changing event. – IMBD
Daredevil (Season 2)
Finally, after the solid first season, Daredevil has returned with a familiar face in Hell’s Kitchen. Touted as the biggest shake up in the Netflix MCU outings, Daredevil starts to examine underground heroes fighting for their city.
Jon Bernthal takes on Daredevil as the anti-hero The Punisher, who seeks vengeance from those who destroyed his world. Expect some bloody, beautiful action, and some heart wrenchingly dark story elements
The full season of 13 episodes is set to be released on Netflix on March 18, 2016.
Just when Matt thinks he is bringing order back to the city, new forces are rising in Hell’s Kitchen. Now the Man Without Fear must take on a new adversary in Frank Castle and face an old flame — Elektra Natchios. – IMBD
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
The cinematic event of the year is happening in March and it includes the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. Batman v Superman follows 2013’s Man of Steel and features some very big characters on the big screen for the first time in a long time.
Zack Synder directs this movie which has been in development years. This is the film that will provide the underpinnings for the whole DC slate of superhero movies culminating in the upcoming Justice League film. Henry Cavill returns as Superman playing opposite Ben Affleck’s Batman.
The film will also bring us the first cinematic offering of Wonder Woman with Gal Gadot.
Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on Superman, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis. – IMBD
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice releases on March 25, 2016 worldwide!
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Jordan Samuel is the Lead Film Critic for ComiConverse. Follow him on Twitter: @JordanESamuel