Summertime is slowly creeping its lovely, hot, bright shining head into our lives. And for many of us that means one thing: MOVIES. The summer movie, like the Halloween movie and the awards season movie, is a special beast. Many of them are filled with anticipation, a lot of of them are sequels or related to previous films, and most of them cost the price of a small island.
What makes 2016 such an interesting year is that we have superheroes fighting each other in Captain America: Civil War. The return of a character by an actor who had previously written off this defining role in Jason Bourne. An 80s franchise that has gotten a serious reboot in Ghostbusters. I could go on and on but like many of the summer film lists from years past, we are seeing something old, something new and sometimes something we don't really know what to expect as in The BFG.
Adding to the interestingness of the 2016 Summer movie crop are the wild cards. First off, there's The Angry Birds Movie. While some of the more art-minded people might want to see a film about people pulling back a virtual slingshot in an endless loop, something tells us the creators of this film have a lot more in mind. What about The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist and the The Purge 3: Election Year? Horror movies...In the summer? Is the studio behind this crazy? Well, the last films in those franchises scared the sweat out of us and we have a feeling their sequels will be just as good. Finally, there's Sausage Party, but we'll get to that one below.
This says nothing of old time films getting the true reboot treatment. That we have new versions of Ben-Hur and The Legend of Tarzan to think about makes one want to ask...What year is this? Sure, sword and sandal pics might be very risky, but what if Ben-Hur is Gladiator? It's kind of being compared to that...What if it rekindles interest in the flawless original and suddenly Charlton Heston is hip again? This says nothing about Tarzan's prospects!!
All, that said, nothing is guaranteed and most of these films have just as much to lose at the box office as they have to gain. That however is for another article (like this one about summer's ticking time bombs)! With the shine of of summer peaking out at us, lets focus on the positive! Okay, enough with the conjecture... it's time to get happy and excited about the 23 Biggest Summer Movies Coming in 2016!
Captain America: Civil War - May 6
Okay, it probably isn't hubris to say that this is the big film of summer. Political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability when the actions of the Avengers lead to collateral damage. The new status quo deeply divides members of the team. Captain America (Chris Evans) believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without government interference. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) sharply disagrees and supports oversight. As the debate escalates into an all-out feud, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must pick a side. Whether it's Iron Man and Captain America at each other's throats, The Avenger's universe is truly starting to expand it's characters and the Marvel world is really starting to get deep, dark and interesting. With summer movies mainly seen as brainless, popcorn excursions, lets hope some other films on this list took a cue from Civil War and aren't afraid to get their character development on.
Suicide Squad - August 5
With Warner Bros. already ordering a sequel, that appears to bode quite well for this franchise. At the same time, it also tells us that as far as blockbuster summer movies go Suicide Squad is the goods. This DC offering sees super villains accepting a secret government mission that will likely result in their deaths. With actors like Will Smith playing roles that appear far out of their comfort zone, Jared Leto taking the weight of the Joker on his shoulders, and Margot Robbie completely metamorphosing into Harley Quinn, we know one thing...Hancock this ain't.
X-Men: Apocalypse - May 27
The origin story continues! Worshiped as a god since the dawn of civilization, the immortal Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) becomes the first and most powerful mutant. Awakening after thousands of years, he recruits the disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and other mutants to create a new world order. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) lead a team of young X-Men to stop their seemingly invincible nemesis from destroying mankind. With Bryan Singer back in charge of this franchise (he has directed all but two of the main films), there seems to be a continuity that we don't usually get in movies of this ilk. This bodes very well for summer movie goers. We know we can expect rich characters, sensational action scenes, and a level of acting (Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence are about as good as it gets nowadays) that is classically a cut above many of the other thespians out there.
Star Trek Beyond - July 22
It would be very cynical to look at this movie as just another Star Trek film. The set up is generally the same, stranded on a hostile planet, Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the Enterprise crew face an alien threat. However, we know that having Justin Lin on board changes the game a bit. Helmer of the first two, J.J. Abrams brought action and cerebral tendencies to this franchise. Justin Lin, bless his heart, is known for the action intensity of the Fast and the Furious films. What does this mean? Will Star Trek Beyond be nothing but an action fest? Hardly. Something tells us we're going to see a summer film that delivers everything we've come to expect from a Star Trek installment, mixed with the completely crazy, death defying antics that Justin Lin somehow manages to pull off time and again.