Posted on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Now that 2015 is over, we’re in a bit of a dead zone for movies with a lot of junk being dumped in January. Usually this period of disappointing options on the big screen lasts through February and into March, but for me, next month brings three of my 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016. But what about the rest of the year? Find out what other movies I’m looking forward to with the full list after the jump!
Before we get to my 10 Most Anticipated 2016 Movies, let’s do some Honorable Mentions.
Star Trek Beyond
There’s no way that I’m not excited for another Star Trek movie, but my anticipation was killed a bit because I didn’t like the first trailer that was released in December at all. The use of the Beastie Boys was just too in-your-face, and there was far too much focus on all the action. The first two Star Trek movies didn’t have to get wild to get audiences interested, so I don’t know why this one is trying so hard to be cool.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
This one is another case of a movie losing my excitement because of a poor trailer. The most recent full trailer for this comic book face-off just did not make the movie look good at all. I’m still hoping for the best, and I have to be excited to see Batman and Superman sharing the big screen for the first time, but I just have not been impressed so far.
This is the DC Comics movie that I’m truly excited to see this year, but my one reservation is the design for Jared Leto‘s version of the Joker. All those tattoos, including the “Damaged” written on his forehead, make the villain look like an Ed Hardy supervillain. I just hope Leto’s performance makes me forget all that garbage. Plus, having Will Smith and Margot Robbie on the squad is a big bonus.
The Nice Guys
Shane Black doing a detective comedy set in 1970s Los Angeles is just what the doctor ordered. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling seem to make an unlikely, fantastic duo, and the red band trailer is one of the funniest I’ve seen in a while. My only concern is that the movie doesn’t offer much more than what we already saw Black do with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Since this Marvel Comics character is one that I’m not too familiar with, my anticipation for this particular title is fairly low. But that doesn’t mean I’m not hopeful that it won’t be another great comic book flick from Marvel Studios, especially with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role as the Sorcerer Supreme.