The films you need to see in 2016

From superhero showdowns to another Star Wars movie

Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Staring contest DC Comics titans will fight in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Image Picture courtesy Warner Bros Pictures

Like superhero films? There’s more of them – much more – on the horizon in 2016.

Batman and Superman will go head-to-head, Iron Man and Captain America kick-start a Civil War, and a bunch of antiheroes seek redemption in the ultra-violent Suicide Squad. Beyond that there’s Oscar-hopefuls aplenty – including Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Revenant – and a shedload of promising comedies coming up.

Here are Loaded’s cinema essentials – going genre-by-genre – for the next 12 months.

1

Superhero

Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Image Picture courtesy Warner Bros Pictures

No doubt about it, the biggest clash of 2016 is between comic book behemoths Marvel and DC. In one corner there’s the grim and gritty Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (released March 25), in the other Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War (April 29), which sees Steve Rogers fighting one-time pal Tony Stark. Can’t all these costumed heroes get along?

Also coming soon: X-Men: Apocalypse (May 19), Suicide Squad (August 5), Doctor Strange (October 28)

2

Blockbuster

Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Get wizarding Eddie Redmayne leads the cast of JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Image Picture courtesy Warner Bros Pictures

After saying he’d probably never play Jason Bourne again, Matt Damon is now… playing Jason Bourne again for the untitled fifth instalment (July 29). Expect high octane thrills courtesy of director Paul Greengrass. A return to the world of Harry Potter is also on offer in JK Rowling’s sure-to-be-massive fantasy Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them, based on Rowling’s short story for Comic Relief (November 18).

Also coming soon: Warcraft (June 3), The BFG (July 22), Assassin’s Creed (December 26)

3

Sci-Fi

Felicity Jones and the cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Jyn and her band of rebels Could the trailer have hinted at a potential spoiler? Image Picture courtesy Disney/Lucasfilm

If The Force Awakens has left you hungry for more, then look no further than Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16), a spinoff movie about a daring heist to steal the Death Star plans that takes place before A New Hope. Star Trek Beyond (July 22) precedes it, bringing back Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise crew as Trek celebrates its 50th birthday.

Also coming soon: The 5th Wave (January 22), Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24), Passengers (December 23)

4

Drama

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant
DiCaprio v Bear Does a long-awaited Oscar await Leonardo for The Revenant? Image Picture courtesy 20th Century Fox

2016, the year Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins an Oscar. Or is it? The Revenant (January 15) sees DiCaprio play a frontiersman mauled by a bear and left for dead. What follows is a bloody revenge rampage that’s got Best Actor written all over it. Elsewhere, The Big Short (January 22) recruits the cast to end all casts – Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, er, Selena Gomez – to dissect the financial crisis in brutal detail.

Also coming soon: Room (January 15), Creed (January 15), Spotlight (January 29)

5

Comedy

Ricky Gervais in David Brent: Life On The Road
Chilled-out entertainer Ricky Gervais is bringing David Brent back for Life On The Road. Image Picture courtesy eOne/Ray Burmiston

Ricky Gervais revives the worst boss in history for Life On The Road (August 19), about David Brent’s bid for rock stardom. Expect cameos from Chris Martin and Peter Andre, and the potential for a new Brit comedy classic. Another comedy icon will make a comeback next year in Zoolander 2 (February 12). Ben Stiller will bust out Blue Steel as he faces a new catwalk rival in the form of Benedict Cumberbatch’s transgender model All.

Also coming soon: Deadpool (February 10), Grimsby (February 24), Ghostbusters (July 15)

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn

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