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GH16: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

GH16: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
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Gears of War is getting a feature film, Nintendo Switch gets an NBA Jam style game for cheap, plus our first impressions of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe! We talk about our thoughts for how they could pull off a successful Gears of War movie, comparing it to Resident Evil, Warcraft, and even Lord of the Rings. Then, it’s off to the streets for NBA Playground, a new $19.99 title coming to the Switch on May 9th featuring all kinds of players in a 2-on-2 style. After that, it’s out main topic, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch. We compare it to the Wii U release, talk new characters, completely overhauled battle mode, and what we loved and didn’t love about Nintendo’s latest game that sold over one million copies in just three days.

1:30 – Gears of War feature film

9:40 – NBA Playgrounds coming to Switch

14:20 – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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SH S3E05: Video Game Movie Adaptations

Sure, there’s been plenty of bad video games based on movies but we’ve also had our fair share of terrible movies based on video games. Jon of the Gamer Heroes podcast joins Ryan and myself to talk about some of the best and worst video game movie adaptations. We go back to the days of Super Mario Bros and Street Fighter all the way up to 2016’s Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed. See which ones we thought pulled it off and which ones we think were better left in the cartridge.

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SH S2E25: Screen Heroes Awards

Welcome to our 50th Episode of the Screen Heroes podcast! Thank you for all of your support over the last year. We’ve got something very special for you this week, the First Annual Screen Heroes Awards!

We nominated actors, characters, shows, and movies across 17 different categories and you helped us pick the winners by voting on Facebook, Twitter, our website, and even Instagram! Now, join us as we announce our Screen Heroes Awards winners in each category with the help of five special guests that include previous Screen Heroes guests and some new comers. We also give away a voter prize with each category! So listen in and see if you won!

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Screen Heroes Awards: First Annual

Welcome to the First Annual Screen Heroes Awards!

That’s right! We’re hosting our first awards show, celebrating the most fun in media this year.  And you get to be a part of it! We’ve been releasing new categories for you to vote on so we can choose the winners!

But that’s not all! Every time you’ve voted, you’ve actually been entering yourself in a Screen Heroes Awards Contest too! For every category, a lucky winner will be selected to receive a prize related to that category’s winner!

Prizes Include:

Comic books!
Charms!
Movie Posters!
Grid Daily Apparel!
FUNKO Pops!
And more…!

Have you missed the previous categories? Never fear! Listed below are the released categories with your chance to pick your winners in the comments!

Remember, you must pick from one of the picture nominees. We know not every film or actor was nominated but just like the Academy Awards, we had to narrow things down a bit.

First Annual Screen Heroes Awards Nominees

Best Female Superhero in a Film

Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Scarlet Johansson (Black Widow)

Best Film (Super)hero FemaleBest Male Superhero in a Film

Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Henry Cavill (Superman), Chris Evans (Captain America), Will Smith (Deadshot), Ben Affleck (Batman)

Best Film (Super)Hero Male

Best Superhero TV Series

Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Daredevil, Luke Cage

Best Super Hero Show

Best Sci-Fi TV Series

Orphan Black, Stranger Things, Wayward Pines, Mr. Robot, The X-Files

Best SciFi TV Show

Best Fantasy TV Series

Game of Thrones, Outlander, Galavant, Once Upon a Time, The Shannara Chronicles

Best Fantasy TV Show

Best Horror TV Series

Lucifer, Supernatural, American Horror Story, Penny Dreadful, The Walking Dead

Best Horror TV Show

Best TV Villain in a Superhero Series

Cameron Monaghan (Jerome Valeska\Joker),  Casper Crump (Vandal Savage), Teddy Sears (Jay Garrick), Neal McDonough (Damien Darhk), Erik LaRay Harvey (Diamondback), Mahershala Ali (Cottonmouth)

Best TV Villain

Best TV Supporting Character in a Superhero Series

Jon Bertnthal (Frank Castle), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), Wentworth Miller (Captain Cold), Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon), Simone Missick (Misty Knight)

Best TV Supporting Character

Best Female Superhero in a TV Series

Melissa Benoist (Supergirl), Caity Lotz (Sara Lance\White Canary), Chloe Bennet (Daisy Skye Johnson), Willa Holland (Thea Queen\Speedy), Elodie Yung (Elektra)

Best TV (Super)hero Female

Best Male Superhero in a TV Series

Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock\Daredevil), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Grant Gustin (Barry Allen\Flash), Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer\The Atom), Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen\Green Arrow)

Best TV (Super)Hero Male

Best Villain in a Superhero Film

Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor Jr.), Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse), Ed Skrein (Ajax\Francis), Cara Delevingne (June Moone\Enchantress)

Best Film Villain

Best Supporting Character in a Superhero Film

Tom Holland (Peter Parker\Spider-Man), Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa\Black Panther), Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead), Jay Hernandez (Diablo), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey)

Best Supporting Film Character

Best Superhero Film

Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Sqaud

Best Comic Book Movie

Best Horror Film

The Purge: Election Year, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The VVitch, Pride Prejudice and Zombies, The Conjuring 2

Best Horror Film

Best Fantasy Film

BFG, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Warcraft, Pete’s Dragon, The Jungle Book

Best Fantasy Film

Best Science Fiction Film

Star Trek Beyond, Independence Day: Resurgence, Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, The 5th Wave

Best Sci-Fi FIlm

Best Animated Film

Pets, Zootopia, Kubo, Finding Dory, Kung Fu Panda 3

Best Animated Film

 

That’s it for now, but stay tuned for more news and don’t forget to join us live for the official awards ceremony! You can catch the Screen Heroes Awards live December 6th at 8:00 pm Central on twitch.tv\heroespodcasts!

Entries into the contest are limited to the number of categories released. Only one winner will be chosen per category. No repeat winners will be chosen.

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SH S2E12: Summer Movie Wrap-Up

With the summer movie season officially over, we look back at the big blockbusters that hit theaters between May 1st and August 31st. We discuss the summer movie winners, losers, surprises, and complete busts along with some thoughts as to why this summer was better or worse than 2015’s. We use a lot of financial data from Box Office Mojo and you can see most of that information below.

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Summer Movie Box Office Winners: 20 total weeks with 12 different box office winners

  • The Jungle Book: 1 week (plus 2 weeks prior to Summer Season)
  • Captain America: 2 weeks
  • Angry Birds: 1 week
  • X-Men: 2 Weeks
  • TMNT 2: 1 week
  • The Conjuring 2: 1 week
  • Finding Dory: 4 weeks
  • Secret Life of Pets: 2 weeks
  • Star Trek Beyond: 1 week
  • Jason Bourne: 1 week
  • Suicide Squad: 3 weeks
  • Don’t Breathe: 1 week (plus 2 after the Summer Season)

Biggest summer movie overall week: May 6-8 with $233.6 million across Top 12 – Cap 3 won that weekend

Top Grossing Summer Movie Films:

  1. Finding Dory $483.55 million (135.06 opening)
  2. Captain America: Civil War $408.06 million (179.139 opening) – 4.608
  3. The Secret Life of Pets $361.84 million (104.35 opening) – 10.53
  4. Suicide Squad $307.48 million (133.68 opening) – 4
  5. Jason Bourne $158.727 million (59.215 opening) – 3.25
  6. Star Trek Beyond $156.578 million (59.253 opening) – 1.72
  7. X-Men: Apocalypse $155.442 million (65.769 opening) – 3.05
  8. Central Intelligence $127.44 million (35.535 opening) – 4.3
  9. Ghostbusters $126.984 million (46.018 opening) – 1.57
  10. The Legend of Tarzan $126.585 million (38.527 opening) – 1.98

The number at the end of the lines was calculated based on the international box office gross divided by the reported budget. Box Office Mojo did not have a reported budget for Finding Dory.

Surprises:

  • Independence Day: Resurgence – no winning weekends, did not crack Top 10 ($103.137 million with $41.039 opening) but did hit 2.34 gross to budget
  • TMNT 2 – 1 winning weekend, did not crack Top 10 ($82.051 million with $35.316 opening) with a 1.81 gross to budget
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass – no winning weekends, did not crack Top 10 ($77.082 million with $26.858 opening) – 1.74 gross to budget
  • Biggest Bust: Ben Hur 2016 – $100 million budget, current gross: $65.77 million international, only $25.573 domestic

All box office information provided by Box Office Mojo.

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In Defense of…Warcraft

In my latest column, I’ll be defending movies that were not received well, did lousy at the box office, critically panned, or altogether forgotten about. Most of them will, probably, be fairy tale movies. You’ve been forewarned.

The first film I plan on tackling is one that is still in theaters. You may have heard of Warcraft by now. But you may have not.  The current film is directed by Duncan Jones (Moon) and stars Travis Fimmel as Lothar, Paula Patton as Garona, and Ben Foster as Medivh.  The budget was an estimated $160M and has since made only $38M back domestically. However, international box office numbers take the total gross to over $308M, making it the most profitable video game film to date.  It has received the following ratings:

IMDB: 7.6 out of 10
Rotten Tomatoes: 29%
Metacritic: 32 (out of 100)

Why Warcraft is failing (at least in the US)?

Warcraft and it’s numerous successors, including industry giant World of Warcraft have been pinnacle in PC gaming.  Over the years, they have transformed gaming into what it is today, creating rich characters, backgrounds, and mythologies as well as stunning visuals.  That’s not what American cinema is used to, though.  It’s not always looking for a bigger picture, which is just what Warcraft is doing.  If Blizzard was interested in making only one film, the story would have been much more concise and linear. Certain characters would have fallen in love while others would have lived to see the end.  Since Warcraft is trying to build a cinematic world and not a one-time cinematic experience, they’re thinking of movies 2-6 here instead. American cinema is often short sighted and the universe building doesn’t plan for the future past the next film (Marvel is guilty of this).

Warcraft - Garona

That’s not the only reason why the film isn’t doing exactly well, either. While sitting in the movie, I had no idea what was going on. The movie assumes that you either already know the backstory to Warcraft or that you’ll pick it up eventually. For me, it was latter. It took awhile to figure out certain characters or be invested in the plot, but it got me there.  I don’t feel like it’s such a stretch if American audiences didn’t immediately cling on to it because of the aforementioned reasons.

Where Warcraft Succeeded

Warcraft - Lothar and Khadgar

Warcraft is visually stunning if nothing else. The technology used to portray the world of Azeroth is absolutely incredible. At no point does something look “off” or as if they cut corners at any time.  Because of this, it’s easy to get sucked in. If you’re not worried about why this effect didn’t match this one from earlier, you’re more willing to grab on to the rest of the story and Warcraft’s consistency assists in this.

The acting was outstanding as well. With fantasy films that have a niche following, it can be difficult to bring in outsiders who care and understand the world as much as the original creators do and the fans that have grown it. Yet Warcraft did a superb job of bringing in actors who would care just as much about the subject matter as the others involved. Ben Foster was perfectly cast as Medivh, slipping seamlessly into the role so that I hardly recognized him. Paula Patton was a beautifully tragic Garona, successfully splitting her character between two worlds. Considering most of the time the actors were talking to tennis balls and MOKAP suits, I’m pleased with how much depth each person was able to bring into their stories.

Why You Should Give it A Chance

The movie is fun. It’s a great beginning to, what I hope, will be a continuous adventure. Within a few minutes, I felt captivated to learn more, and by the end, all I wanted was for the story to continue.  I was never into Warcraft before, but now I have no choice but to continue to feed that new interest of mine. I want to know the stories of Lothar, Garona, and Khadgar.  I want to read the books, play the games, and see more stories on the big screen. And that, is the point of any new series: draw in new fans to love what so many others do already.

Catch the latest TV spot below and find out more at WarcraftMovie.com.

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Warcraft – Blizzard’s First Feature Film & Fan First Event

(Updated: May 7th, 2016 to include Fan First Even details)

Warcraft. For those in the gaming world, the name has stood the test of time. The MMO World of Warcraft set the bar for the genre and now, Blizzard Entertainment along with Legendary and Universal are bringing the world to the live action big screen.

“From Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures comes Warcraft, an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment’s global phenomenon.

The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another.  As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction.  From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.

So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.”

Warcraft Movie Poster

The film is directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and stars Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Paula Patton (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Deja Vu), and Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma, Lone Survivor).

Many, myself included, are excited to see an epic such as this from Blizzard. The company is internationally known for their incredible in-game cut scenes from games like Diablo III and even the animated short for the announcement of Overwatch, the company’s first FPS (first-person shooter) set to release on May 24th.

Warcraft is slated for a June 10th release which is good news since it was originally slated for March. The move to the summer puts it right in the spotlight of major blockbusters, especially with Independence Day: Resurgence and Star Trek Beyond set to hit shortly after.

AMC Theaters announced this week that there will be a special Wednesday, June 8th 7PM showing in IMAX 3D for their “Fan First Event”. This event will allow people to see the movie a full day before anyone else in the States. It includes about 10 minutes of behind the scenes footage plus red carpet premiere footage. In additional to extra footage, viewers will also receive a special lanyard and mini one sheet in celebration of the special event. It’s only playing in a handful of AMC’s around the country and prices do vary. My theater, for example, is $27.20 per ticket. Get details here.

Are you a WoW fan? Are you excited to see Warcraft on the big screen? Will you be attending the Fan First Event? Comment below with your thoughts.

Oh and FOR THE HORDE!

Warcraft – Blizzard’s First Feature Film & Fan First Event

Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2016

With 2015 coming to a close, we can look back at some amazing films. We finally got a major blockbuster sequel to Jurassic Park. We closed out the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 with Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. We rebelled against the Capitol with Katniss to close out The Hunger Games. We saw Pixar’s first two-movie year featuring the incredibly emotional Inside Out. We scienced the **** out of things with Matt Damon on Mars and we drove sports cars through buildings in Dubai with a surprisingly well-thought and heartfelt goodbye to Paul Walker. Tom Cruise continued to complete his impossible missions while James Bond dealt with the aftermath of Skyfall. Meanwhile, another Disney animated classic was brought to live action and a February James Bond knockoff film surprised us all and was green-lit for a sequel. Oh and let’s not forget about the galaxy far, far away. 2015 was a big year for films and I’ve barely scratch the surface here but 2016 stands to be even bigger and bolder. So, let’s take a look at my Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2016.

10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (11/18)

We recently got our first look at the Harry Potter universe film and while it didn’t show much, it did bring a little bit of magic back to us. I’m most excited about this film because I’m curious to see how the magic world is depicted not only in the past (this takes place 70 years before Harry enters Hogwarts) but in North America since the film takes place in New York. The film stars Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Flash (2018)), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, Les Miserables), Colin Farrell (Phone Booth, Total Recall), Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy), Jon Voight (Mission: Impossible, Heat), and Samantha Morton (Minority Report, John Carter). Catch the first teaser trailer below.

9. Ghostbusters (7/15)

Who you gonna call? This time, it’s four female heroes in the form of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. Our heroes are joined by Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and several original returning cast members including Bill Murray, Signourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd (who also co-wrote the film), and Ernie Hudson. This past week we got our first official look at the women in costume plus four individual character posters spotlighting the tech more than anything. I’m excited that Aykroyd was involved in the writing and I’m excited that so many people are coming back for cameos in the film. This is a good sign to me. Additionally, the woman look the part in the official images we’ve seen. It doesn’t hurt that the tech looks solid too. Check out the character posters below.

Ghostbusters Character Posters Collage

8. Warcraft (6/10)

Blizzard Entertainment has finally made a feature film and it’s not even CGI like their glorious in-game cut scenes. The studio behind such iconic PC games as World of Warcraft, Diablo, Starcraft, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch is finally putting out a Warcraft universe film. The CGI looks awesome. The battles look awesome and hey, when the “for the horde” and “for the alliance” war cries sound, my voice is part of it thanks to my BlizzCon 2014 attendance. But, biases aside, the movie looks really cool. The film stars Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Deja Vu, Precious), Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Daniel Wu (The Man with the Iron Fists), and Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma, Lone Survivor). Check out the trailer below!

7. Independence Day Resurgence (6/24)

It’s been 20 years and Will Smith’s character died in a experimental plane test but several other major characters from the original sci-fi classic are returning including Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, and Judd Hirsch. Now yes, Brent’s character died… right? Wrong. Rumor has it, he’s been in a coma of sorts. The returning cast is joined by Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) and William Fichtnet (Armageddon, Black Hawk Down, The Dark Knight), Joey King (Crazy, Stupid, Love., The Conjuring, Oz the Great and Powerful, White House Down), and Maika Monroe (It Follows, The Bling Ring). I’m very excited to see how we adapted the alien technology to advance our own defenses. Sure, some of it looks silly, like an alien ship half the size of Earth entering the atmosphere, but hey… it’s Independence Day! Check out the trailer below.

6. X-Men: Apocalypse (5/27)

I’m a big fan of the X-Men films overall. Sure, X3 was pretty rough and I skipped X-Men Origins: Wolverine due to the low ratings and poor CGI but the first two films, First Class, The Wolverine, and Days of Future Past were pretty solid superhero and action flicks. Well, the story isn’t over yet. The young cast (Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Evan Peters, and Hank McCoy) return with some newcomers to take on the big bad Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac). Now, there’s a few directions this could go but based on the recently released first trailer, it looks like we are getting the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse concept with Magneto (Fassbender), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), and Angel (Ben Hardy). The trailer looks solid and the style for Storm, Jubilee (Lana Condor), and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) are fantastic. True, Jennifer Lawrence appears more Raven than Mystique and we didn’t get a glimpse of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine cameo but I have high hopes for this one. Check out the trailer below.

5. Suicide Squad (8/5)

I’m a DC Comics guy. Yes, I love the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Iron Man, The Winter Solider, all fantastic, not to mention the others. But I am first and foremost a DC fan. I love the comic books, cartoons, The CW TV series, you name it. On top of that, I’m a huge Will Smith fan. It’s a great combination. You’ve got a solid cast of Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wallstreet, Focus), Cara Delevingne (Pan, Paper Towns), Jared Leto (Requiem for a Dream, Dallas Buyers Club), Jai Courtney (Divergent, Terminator Genisys), Viola Davis (The Help, Doubt, Disturbia), Common (Selma, Now You See Me, Wanted), and yes, Will Smith. Plus, Ben Affleck is reprising his Batman role in this film, making that TWO appearances by the Dark Knight in a motion picture in the same year. Crazy. Also, just try to tell me that Viola Davis is not the perfect casting choice for Amanda Waller. We’ve got a cast photo below but no trailer yet. Of course, this is an August release, so we have a little while to wait.

Suicide Squad - Harley Quinn

4. Star Trek Beyond (7/22)

For those of you who come here often or listen to our podcasts Grid Talk and Screen Heroes, you know I’m a Trekkie. You can find me online @TheStarTrekDude on both Twitter and Facebook. It’s my thing. So, I am excited that Trek is continuing and that we have a movie for the 50th anniversary of the franchise. With that said, Into Darkness is at the bottom of my list. Seriously, I made a list. You can read it here. So, I am looking forward to a new Star Trek film not helmed by J.J. Abrams but instead a new director who is actually a fan of the franchise, Justin Lin. Also, Simon Pegg, an avid Trekkie, co-wrote the script. These are good signs. Additionally, the first trailer showed some solid stuff. I know not everyone is a fan of the action-packed “Sabotage” filled trailer (Simon Pegg is in that group by the way) but look past that and focus on what is being shown. The Enterprise is being destroyed, something that’s very Trek. Second, the uniforms are losing that athletic look and look more like TOS and TNG. Plus, we are on an alien planet with new species and the premise is brand new to Trek. So, let’s watch them seek out new lifeforms and new civilizations while they boldly go where no one has gone before. Oh and Idris Elba as the big bad? Thank you! Trailer below!

3. Captain America: Civil War (5/6)

My friends know I have a problem with the title because this is an MCU film, an Avengers film. It is not a Captain America solo film so the name should reflect that. Yes, Cap is a big focus and he seems to cause the divide directly but just call it Marvel’s Civil War and then I’m happy. Anyway, we’ve been building up to this for a while now. The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron set this stuff up and it’s about time. We also get Black Panther which is very exciting. So what’s not to love about this movie? We get the Avengers battling it out over principle with new comer Black Panther stuck in the middle AND Spider-Man is supposed to show up at some point. There is so much potential here and after Age of Ultron, most of our expectations are a little lower which isn’t bad. Trailer below!

2. Star Wars: Rogue One (12/16)

I mean did you see The Force Awakens yet? No?!? Stop reading and go see it now… I’ll wait. Back? It was awesome, right? So why wouldn’t you want to see another film set in that universe focusing on earlier events less than a year from now? Rogue One is the first of the Star Wars Anthology films and revolves around the group that stole the original Death Star plans. We’ve got a solid cast including Felicity Jones, Alan Tudyk, and Forest Whitaker. We don’t have a ton of information yet but based on how great The Force Awakens was and how much I love this franchise, I can’t wait.

1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (3/25)

Finally, the big one. This film, in my opinion, is the most important on this list because it has so much riding on its shoulders. If this movie fails, the rest of the DCEU tumbles with it which means no Wonder Woman, Justice League, Shazaam, Aquaman, nothing but Suicide Squad since it’s basically done at this point. Now, based on the images, posters, and trailers we’ve seen…. I couldn’t be more confident that this will work. The film looks awesome. The tone is solid, the style of the characters is nothing short of epic. Oh and Wonder Woman is looking like she will steal the show which is something I welcome. Not pumped about this? Check out Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns either in graphic novel or animated film form. In the animated film Peter Weller voices Batman… so that’s cool. While this movie will be different, it borrows a lot of concepts and designs from The Dark Knight Returns. This is hands down, the movie I am most excited about, the most looking forward to, and the one that has the opportunity to disappoint me the most. Good luck to everyone involved! Check out the character posters and trailer below.


Batman v Superman Trinity Posters

 

Honorable Mentions

There’s a few more films that didn’t quite make the cut that I’m still excited about. The next five on my list in alphabetical order are:

Deadpool – February 12th

Doctor Strange – November 4th

Finding Dory – June 17th

The Jungle Book – April 15th

TMNT 2 – June 3rd

What did I leave off the list? What films are you most looking forward to in 2016? Comment below with your thoughts!

Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2016