The film industry has pillars for different time periods. There is often a certain genre of movie which dominates a stretch of time and produces some masterpieces and instant classics. For now, it’s the dynasty of superheroes.
The early to mid-2000s saw the birth of the modern superhero film industry, and since that then it hasn’t slowed down.
Mega blockbusters like “Avengers: Age of Ultron” have shattered box office records and left fans hungry for more, and companies like Disney-Marvel, Warner Brothers and Fox are more than happy to oblige.
There are seven superhero movies slated for 2016 alone, and 22 films planned for the next three years. It’s easy to get lost in it all, not to mention all of the TV series, so Cooglife is here to help you sort it all out.
May 6, 2016: “Captain America: Civil War” – Disney-Marvel
The third Captain America entry in the franchise is almost more of an “Avengers 2.5” film. With almost every actor from Age of Ultron set to reprise their roles with a few exceptions (sorry Chris Hemsworth), the film is set to be another monster at the movies.
Following a storyline where, because of a tragedy induced by an out-of-control superhero, the U.S. government is pushing heroes to register their identities —or else. As per usual, the Cap and Iron Man find themselves on opposite sides of the debate.
This sparks a rift in the superhero community, and a drawn out guerilla warfare clash between the two factions ensues.
This will be the first film to feature heroes versus heroes, and it’s sure to be a damn good time.
March 25, 2016: “Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice” – Warner Brothers
While it seems like Marvel has the current monopoly on the superhero market, Warner Brothers is working its way into the fight with its ownership of the DC Comics properties.
Warner Brothers is working to establish its own cinematic universe staged around the Justice League of America, and “Batman versus Superman” is its first step.
This film will introduce an older, grizzled and experienced Batman who comes face to face with what he sees as an eminent threat to the earth — Superman.
While serving as an introduction for Batman into the DC film universe, it’s also set to premier several other big players in the plan, such as Wonder Woman and Aquaman. There is also a rumored appearance from Cyborg.
While this film will be a universe-building effort, it will also be a great chance to see a new take on the Dark Knight, and one which has received acclaim from studio executives so far.
February 12, 2016: “Deadpool” – Fox
The Mercenary with a Mouth may not be the most preeminent figure when it comes to the world of superheroes because he walks the line of hero and villain very carefully. But the following surrounding Deadpool has led the hype around this movie to build monumentally.
Ryan Reynolds is set to return to the realm of capes with this R-rated project from Fox, who also owns many of the other “X-Men” properties.
Reynolds is about as close as you can get to comic-book-come-to-life, as his personality fits the character well.
The fact that Marvel studio is willing to take a hit with its first R-rated superhero film in its cinematic universe bodes well for fans of Deadpool. All of the footage that we’ve seen so far captures the essence of the character.
It’ll be a fun ride for anyone with a bit of salty humor and a taste for action.
Already running: The CW’s DC Universe:
While Warner Brothers is working hard to establish its own film empire, the CW has developed a TV universe featuring the Flash, Green Arrow and more with DC’s upcoming “Legends of Tomorrow.”
While the Flash and Arrow, each owning its own titular show, may not be the most popular DC heroes, the show-runners for The CW have done a great job walking the perfect balance between superhero action and drama. The CW has done well by drawing from both hardcore comic crowds and more casual fans.
They began with a strong core but have slowly added more heroes, such as The Atom and Hawkman and Hawkgirl — two of DC’s Justice League standard characters.
They’ve also been able to avoid the trap of expanding too quickly on their own empire, but with two shows chugging along and another in the works it won’t be long before the small screen sees its own version of the Justice League of America.
Already running: Marvel’s Netflix Series:
Much like DC turning to the CW for their TV properties, Marvel has handed the reins to Netflix for all of its original series.
Netflix has control over Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, which it’s slowly developing into four separate series.
“Daredevil” is getting ready for season two featuring The Punisher, as well as launching the “A.K.A. Jessica Jones” series soon.
There’s also a plan to unite all four series for a “Defender” TV series once they are up and running. With the critical acclaim and success of the premier season of “Daredevil,” as well their track record with its other original products, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Marvel transition more of their smaller properties to the site.