Hollywood’s obsession with adapting popular comic books is not slowing down in the slightest. In fact, it only seems to be growing and expanding to the point of bloating cinemas with superhero adventures, as is evident by these previews for the 2016 summer movie lineup.
‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’
As a fan both superhero characters, this direct sequel to 2013’s ‘Man of Steel‘ ranks high on my list of most anticipated movies for 2016. This second trailer succeeds in amping up my excitement. As part of a Warner’s second phase in extending the DC cinematic universe, Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer return with a story that takes various bits and pieces from both franchises in the hopes of launching a Justice League feature.
Seeing Doomsday’s appearance at the end of the trailer and Wonder Woman jump into the fray suggest that the prehistoric Kryptonian creature is what leads other superheroes to unite. Sadly, we’re not given any glimpses of Aquaman, the Flash or Cyborg. To be honest, I’m starting to really hate Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. That’s the only thing causing some hesitation for me.
‘Captain America: Civil War’
If the trailer is any indication, hopefully this follow-up to the surprisingly satisfying ‘The Winter Soldier‘ will make up for the aftertaste of the lackluster ‘Age of Ultron‘. The tension between Cap and Iron Man has been building for some time now. They both seem at opposite ends in their philosophies of justice, with one’s “at all costs” attitude clashing with the other’s more rational approach. It’ll be interesting to see them duke it out while questioning each other’s personal loyalties in the pursuit of the greater good. The few, very minor sneak peeks at Black Panther add more fuel to the flame.
I’m not really even sure where to start with this one, except perhaps to mention that the preview actually gave me some goosebumps. There’s so much going on in only two and half minutes that I’m genuinely surprised the filmmakers pulled it off without seeming to give away too much. The previous two ‘X-Men’ prequels were incredibly satisfying, which places a great deal of weight and anticipation on this one, but the trailer promises that fans will not be disappointed.
I love that popular, better-known mainstays like Storm, Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Jean Grey are finally being introduced to this reboot franchise while also introducing lesser known characters, particularly Psylocke, Archangel and Jubilee. I think the best addition of all is Oscar Isaac, who’s a fantastic actor, portraying the powerful immortal Apocalypse.
‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows ‘
Prepare to have your eyes burn and brains melt at the thought that the last ‘Ninja Turtles‘ was enough of a success to warrant a sequel. Amazingly, it doesn’t look as awful as its predecessor.
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