While we'll be getting our second new Star Wars movie in two years with Rogue One, 2016 and its line-up of blockbuster releases will be defined by three big superhero movies. Two of them are from Marvel and one is from DC Comics. And combined, we'll be seeing nearly every major character from both studios on the big screen in some capacity. Trailers for all three movies, which include Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice coming in March, and both Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse coming in May, have recently bitch-slapped fans with their unexpected awesomeness. Though none of the three trailers in question are without their faults.
Rest assured, these aren't the only big comic book movies that will be arriving in 2016. We'll also see Deadpool, Doctor Strange, Suicide Squad, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Gambit. But these first three are a culmination of years worth of superhero build up. And it's hard to judge just how they will pay off in the long run. All three have the potential to be the biggest movie of 2016. But will the dividends pay off?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse are the true definition of event movies. And they are all similar in that they arrive as ensemble epics. They're not your average, ordinary tentpoles. They are much bigger than that. And Warner Bros., Disney and Fox have a lot riding on them. If all goes well, all three movies should be able to carve out a hearty niche for themselves, as each stand as their own unique thing. But now that we've seen what each has to offer, do you have a favorite? Does one stand above the other two as a monument to what the genre has become? And were you disappointed by any of the three?
There is a lot to love about the latest Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer. We get to see Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne interacting together for the first time in a movie. And we get more of a sense about just how screwball Lex Luthor really is as he pits these two in a fight against each other.The action is epic. And now we finally know that Wonder Woman will be helping The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel face off against Doomsday. There are a lot of key DC Comics elements at play here. And because of that, some have complained that it's just too much. And there are those who downright hate the look of Doomsday. How will Zack Snyder ever be able to cram this all into a 3 hour movie? Forget about it being an easy 2 hours. And with everything going on, does the movie even need to set up Justice League? And will it be able to do so without losing some of the conflict between its two headlining characters? It's hard to judge this right now, especially with so much going on.
You may remember for a short period that Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice were set to open on the same day in May. Neither Warner Bros. & DC nor Disney & Marvel would budge. But then those at WB got wind of what Captain America 3 was going to be, and they quickly changed their tune. There are so many Marvel characters in Captain America: Civil War, that it goes beyond being an Avengers sequel. And at that, it is yet another movie like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that has far too many things going on. And it's introducing two major new characters in Black Panther and Spider-Man to boot. We don't get to see Peter Parker suited up in this first trailer, but we do get to see T'Challa, and there's been a mixed reaction to his costume, to say the least. As with all things, some love it. Some hate it. But it certainly isn't the only thing happening here. We also get to see the tension mounting between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark as each takes a different stance when faced with the Sokovia Accords, which state that all superheroes must be held accountable for their actions and only answer to the one world government. This is the most ambitious movie Marvel has attempted yet. And the trailer shows that in spades. Though, we've seen enough Marvel movies at this point to guess what we're going to get. That's not to say it won't disappoint on some level. There were those this summer who were not happy with Avengers: Age of Ultron. At all.
X-Men: Apocalypse is the odd duck out. And when an unfinished version of its title villain appeared at Comic-Con this past July, it did not sit well with fans. This second trailer, which arrives after an underwhelming SDCC teaser, appears to play down Apocalypse as a visible character, while focusing more on his looming presence. It sets up the story nicely, but like the other two superhero movies we've mentioned before it, it is playing fast and loose with the source material. Which is okay, if they can pull it off. While the X-Men movies have been successful, they have not achieved the status of Marvel. Though, neither has DC. Right now, its hard to gauge whether Captain America: Civil War or Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be the bigger movie. But it seems right on the money to say X-Men: Apocalypse will be taking home the bronze medal. And there's nothing wrong with that.
This past week also brought us the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows trailer. And it looks like the best kind of bad. It's cheesy, overstuffed with new characters, and has some of the craziest action out of any of these movies. It's doubtful that it will make much headway this summer compared to some of these other movies coming out. But it does look like a lot of fun! At the very least, it looks better than the first movie. We've included all four trailers for you to rematch here. What do you think? Do you have a favorite? Were you disappointed by any of them? Which do you see becoming the biggest movie of 2016? Let us know in the comment section below.