I thought about making a top ten of 2015 list – I really did – but let’s face it no one enjoys living in the past. So, instead I’ve decided to compile the slightly more creative top ten list of 2016. With Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens breaking blockbluster records I figured it was only fair to look ahead at the biggest, best, and most promising geeky films looking to make their debut this brand new year. Quite frankly, 2016 is truly looking like the ‘Year of the Nerds’ at the box office, let’s hope it does not disappoint – 2015 surely did not.
How To Talk to Girls At Parties – 2016 – HanWay Films
A film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2006 same-titled novel, naturally is going to be highly anticipated. A story about young romance, aliens, and the punk rock scene in 1970s London as told the only way the legendary Gaiman could. It lands in the honorable mention largely because it does not have an exact release date in 2016 as of yet.
X-Men Apocalypse – May 27 – 20th Century Fox
I know I’m in the minority here, but as a lifetime X-Men fan I am about as far away from excited as I possibly could be about this film. Looks like Bryan Singer is taking another complex X-Men story arch and squeezing it into a 120 minute block; expect a lot of action, but a large absence of character and plot development.
10) Zoolander 2 – Feb. 12 – Paramount Pictures
Not exactly a nerd movie, but can’t deny the excitement of seeing one of Ben Stiller’s best characters back in action. Another run of gags featuring Mugatu, Hansel, and of course the epic ‘Blue Steel’ cannot come soon enough.
9) Warcraft – June 10 – Legendary Pictures
A film adaptation of the widely popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. I like the concept of developing the Horde in a new light rather than their brutish in-game descriptions. The trailer looks good and the film reminds me of The LOTR trilogy – which bodes well for entertainment value.
8) Independence Day: Resurgence – June 24 – 20th Century Fox
Not going to lie without a July 4 release date nor Will Smith, I’m fairly less excited for this movie than when I first heard about its development a few years ago. The original was by far one of the most epic movies of my 90s childhood and even without Big Willie, I’m still excited to see Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman kick some alien ass.
7) Star Trek Beyond – July 22 – Paramount Pictures
I’ve always been more of a Star Wars guy than a Trekkie, but be as that may I’m still stoked for the third installment of the newest edition of the franchise. If sci-fi action and the use of the Beastie Boys’ Sabotage doesn’t get you hype during this trailer, then I’m not sure you can even call yourself a nerd.
6) Doctor Strange – Nov. 4 – Marvel Studios/Entertainment
Benedict Cumberbatch is certainly looking the part of the Sorcerer Supreme as Marvel looks to expand deeper into its Phase 3 films. There’s no official trailer out yet, but fans can expect a ton of action and likely the appearance of another Infinity Gem in this film.
5) Suicide Squad – Aug. 5 – Warner Bros./DC Studios
DC fans have been itching for this one for a while. Harley Quinn and Co. will look to help solidify DC’s role in Hollywood in a movie that will surely be loaded with blood, cursing, and senseless violence. Personally, I can’t wait.
4) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Dec. 16 – Lucasfilm
Everyone is still talking about Episode VII, but I’m equally hype for George Lucas’ new film which is being described as a prequel to Episode IV: A New Hope. Less tradition fans like myself will surely be licking their chops for this movie and the creative blast it looks to have. After all, for as good as The Force Awakens was it left something to be desired – hopefully Rogue One can quench my Star Wars thirst for something a bit edgier and innovative.
3) Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 26 – Warner Bros./DC Studios
There’s a ton riding on this film. It is looking to be DC’s version of Marvel’s Avengers combing a number of big-name heroes and villain in an effort to successfully launch the DC Universe on the big screen. While there are a ton of doubters, I personally have yet to lose faith in director, Zach Synder. Not to mention the last trailer left me on the edge of my seat.
2) Deadpool – Feb. 12 – 20th Century Fox
The first R-rated superhero movie to hit the big screens (Kick-Ass withstanding) will surely have fanboys and fangirls peeing their pants with excitement. The Merc with a Mouth has always been an underground cult favorite, but with his impending big screen debut Wade Wilson will quickly become a household name.
1) Captain America: Civil War – May 6 – Marvel Studios/Entertainment
Easily the movie I’m most anxious to see this year. Civil War was by far my favorite Marvel comic series and I cannot wait to see the its adaptation in the theater. Aside from my fanboy excitement this movie also marks the formal start of Marvel’s Phase 3 movies and will help usher in the story platform for the rest of their films moving forward. So much to look forward to in Captain America’s final installment.
Cheers to being a nerd in 2016!!