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ComiConverse is back again with Episode 33 of the Nerdcast Network Podcast, hosted by our own Jordan Samuel who invites Dale, Roger and Micah to talk about everything 2016.
This year is shaping up to be the biggest year in film, with Batman v Superman and Captain America: Civil War all flexing their muscles at the box office in the summer. This week, the Nerdcast team provides a preview on the hottest film releases of the new year
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Deadpool probably is one of the most ambitious superhero movies in this last decade, focusing on the famous Marvel comics antihero with a mouth. The project has been in development ever since his appearance in X-Men: Origins Wolverine.
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humour, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life – 20th Century FOX
20th Century FOX have been marketing this bad boy with so much class over the past months, with some sweet trailers and posters. It kicks off 2016 with a big bang! Hopefully, Deadpool will deliver an amazing tribute to the ‘Merc with the Mouth’.
Starring: Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson / Deadpool, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa and Ed Skrein as Francis / Ajax.
Deadpool releases February 10th (UK) and February 12th (US).
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice:
Arguably the biggest release of this new year, mainly due to it being the first live-action film to feature the DC Trinity of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Director Zack Snyder is bringing the massive project together with a meaty $200 Million budget behind it.
Fearing the actions of Superman left unchecked, Batman takes on Superman, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero the world really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat Doomsday created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their difference along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis – Warner Bros.
Batman v Superman looks like it could be the first film to reach a billion in 2016, with a tremendous amount of hype going in
Are you excited?
Starring: Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne / Batman, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent / Superman and Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice releases March 25, 2016.
Captain America: Civil War:
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has become one of the biggest franchises in film, and the next outing will be kicking it up a notch. As the sequel to the outstanding Captain America: The Winter Solider, Civil War takes place one year after the events of Age of Ultron and is directed by the Russo Brothers.
One year after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, another international incident involving Steve Rogers and the Avengers results in collateral damage, prompting politicians to form a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to call in the Avengers, which results in the fracturing of the team into two opposing factions–one led by Rogers who wishes to operate without regulation, and one led by Tony Stark who supports government oversight–while they attempt to protect the world from a new enemy – Marvel
Starring: Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America, Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man and Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther.
Doesn’t that sound awesome?
It features the debut of the new Spider-Man and Black Panther into the MCU. Along with some dramatic fights between Cap and Iron Man, which will rock the franchise forever.
This 2016 film is based on the X-Men series, and will partly be a sequel to the amazing 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. It will be directed by Bryan Singer and is the concluding chapter of the First Class prequel trilogy.
Since ancient times the first and most powerful mutant, Apocalypse—immortal and invincible—has been worshipped as a god. When he awakens after several millennia, Apocalypse is disillusioned with the modern world and recruits a team of mutants to “cleanse” humanity and create a new world order, forcing Raven and Charles Xavier to lead a team of young X-Men to save humanity – 20th Century FOX
Starring: James McAvoy as Charles Xavier / Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto and Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme / Mystique
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Cowabunga Dude! Let’s take a break from all the big budget superhero films, and list this fun little movie; Nerdcast have an obsession with the Ninja Turtles with all of us digging the last adventure.
The Turtles comes into conflict of T.G.R.I. scientist Dr. Baxter Stockman with the association of the Foot Clan and the return of their enemy, the Shredder, who has hired Stockman to create mutants of their own in the form of Bebop and Rocksteady and an unknown invasion above New York City. To prevent the end of the world, the turtles and their human friends April O’Neil and Vern Fenwick come to the aid with vigilante Casey Jones. – Paramount Pictures
Starring: Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Jeremy Howard as Donatello and Johnny Knoxville as Leonardo
The first video game movie of 2016 is Warcraft, based on the series of the same name. It features orcs and humans in a war dating back centuries. Director Duncan Jones brings this magical storyline to the big screen.
Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization, led by the humans, faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying world of Draenor to find their place in another. As a portal known as the Dark Portal opens to connect the two worlds, the humans face destruction while the orcs face extinction. Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel), leader of the humans, and Durotan (Toby Kebbell), leader of the orcs, are then sent on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home, in which war has many faces and everyone fights for something. – Legendary
Starring: Travis Fimmel as Sir Anduin Lothar and Toby Kebbell as Durotan.
The first Pixar movie of the year, which is a sequel to the critically acclaimed Finding Nemo and Directed by Andrew Stanton, who created the amazing Wall-E. It will be set in the Ocean off California and could be the best Pixar Movie in years.
Taking place six months after Finding Nemo, Dory suddenly recalls her childhood memories. Remembering something about “the jewel of Monterey, California”, accompanied by Nemo and Marlin, she sets out to find her family. She arrives at the Monterey Marine Life Institute, where she meets Bailey, a white beluga whale; Destiny, a whale shark; and Hank the octopus, who becomes her guide. – Walt Disney
Staring: Ellen DeGeneres as Dory, a Pacific regal blue tang and Albert Brooks as Marlin, a clownfish who is Nemo’s father, Idris Elba and Willem Dafoe.
Independence Day: Resurgence
Another sequel to a critically acclaimed movie, Independence Day: Resurgence features a mix of old and new cast members. Directed by Roland Emmerich it should be the first major disaster move of 2016.
Twenty years after the Alien Invasion of 1996, the international community recovers and builds up Earth’s defences using technology salvaged from remains of the alien forces, with some military forces assembled on the Moon. However, the aliens were able to send a distress signal before their final defeat while others went into hiding elsewhere around the world. The aliens in deep space receive the signal and threaten the human race once more with a new, even larger and more powerful battle fleet. – 20th Century FOX
Starring: Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson, the Director of ESD, Bill Pullman as Thomas J. Whitmore, the former U.S. President and Liam Hemsworth.
The first proper reboot of 2016, Ghostbusters returns to cinemas with an all new cast! This time focusing on a female led team, taking on the ghosts. all will be waiting to see if this film, Directed by Paul Feig, can do justice to the original.
Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) are a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. A few years later, Gilbert lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia University, but her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. Gilbert reunites with Yates and others when ghosts invade Manhattan and she and her team have to save the world – Sony Pictures
Starring: Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilber, Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates, who co-authored the book with Gilbert. Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann, a nuclear engineer and Yates’ new partner and Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan.
Star Trek Beyond:
Kirk and company are back! With another big budget release meant to jolt yet another old franchise. Director Justin Lin is now in the Director’s chair and will hopefully deliver another solid flick.
The USS Enterprise crew, led by Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), have been attacked by a powerful unstoppable wave of unknown aliens, who destroy the Enterprise, leaving them stranded on a new planet where they find themselves in conflict with a new ruthless enemy, while finding a way to get off the planet. – Paramount Pictures
Starring: Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock and Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura.
Jason Bourne V: Untitled
Here’s another sequel that has been in the works for the longest time. The latest instalment in the Bourne saga brings Matt Damon back into the franchise. Paul Greengrass returns as Director’s, and brings back his beloved series of spy movies to the big screen.
Starring: Matt Damon as Jason Bourne/David Webb, Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons and Alicia Vikander
Being bad is good! Are superhero movies are overrated? Those behind Suicide Squad thinks so and are placing big bets on this anti-hero led movie. Director David Ayer will bring the gang together in this action-packed adventure.
A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency – Warner Bros. Pictures
Starring: Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie.
Marvel has got some magic up their sleeves in 2016, with another standalone adventure based on the Master of Magic Doctor Strange. Directed by Scott Derrickson, it will be the most fantastical and fantasy driven film yet produced by Marvel Studios.
After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under his wing and trains him to defend the world against evil. – Marvel Studios
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them:
Harry Potter is over, but don’t worry fans. We are revisiting the wizarding world in 2016, with a prequel series titled Fantastic Beasts. David Yates is bringing the magic back with this big budget release. Whether it can recapture the love of the Harry Potter fandom remains to be seen.
The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. – Warner Bros. Pictures
Starring: Eddy Redmayne and Katherine Waterston.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Ever wonder how the Rebel managed to steal the plans for the Death Star? Star Wars returns in 2016, with another standalone adventure that leads into A New Hope – it will be the first film in an anthology trilogy of films. Directed by Gareth Edwards, who will hopefully deliver us anther amazing Star Wars story.
Rebels set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. – Walt Disney
Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and Riz Ahmed.
The last film of the year, is based on the famous video game series of the same name. Assassin’s Creed will hopefully reinvent in the video-game movie craze, which has found limited success so far. Director Justin Kurzel will guide the franchise into live-action.
When Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society – 20th Century FOX
Starring: Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
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