Blockbuster giants all set for an epic clash on big screen

MoviesBy Esther McCarthy
Blockbuster giants all set for an epic clash on big screen

Movie studios will be competing for the hearts – and the cash – of film fans in 2016 with big-scale disaster flicks, action-packed superhero movies and animated epics.

We’ll see Batman take on Superman, Captain America take on Iron Man and Chris Hemsworth saving the world from marauding, bad-ass aliens.

Our movie reviewer Esther McCarthy has gazed into her big screen crystal ball to predict the biggest blockbusters of 2016.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March)

The first live-action film to feature both Batman and Superman kicks off spring’s blockbuster season and is one of the most anticipated films of the year.

Ben Affleck plays Batman, who travels to Metropolis to take on Superman (Henry Cavill) as a new threat faces humankind.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons and Holly Hunter all star.

The Jungle Book (April)

Disney’s live-animation remake of its own classic has been generating buzz ever since the movie was first announced. It tells the story of a little boy who’s raised by wolves, but soon must face greater threats and perils in his life.

The cast features some Hollywood royalty as Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken and Lupita Nyong’o all lend their voices.

Captain America: Civil War (April)

We’ve always liked the underrated Captain America movies, but this will be the biggest yet thanks to the involvement of several other Avengers.

It’ll see the world’s biggest superhero team thrown into conflict when they’re divided into two factions – one led by Captain America and one by Iron Man.

Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr and Scarlett Johansson all star.

Alice Through the Looking Glass (May)

Alice in Wonderland was a smash when it was released a few years ago so further adventures were certain to follow.

The story sees Alice once again venture into the odd world of Wonderland.

Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway all return.

X-Men Apocalypse (May)

The best and most fun superhero series delivers another instalment.

This time the crew must take on a powerful and experienced mutant, called Apocalypse, who wants to – you guessed it – wipe out humanity and create a new world order.

Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy star.

Independence Day: Resurgence (June)

The first alien-invasion movie always brought a bit of personality to the table and film fans will be hoping for the same this time round.

Set 20 years after the first film, this sees a new and larger fleet of aliens preparing to attack Earth.

Chris Hemsworth and Charlotte Gainsbourg join the stars of the original cast.

Finding Dory (July)

Pixar’s big summer film takes one of the most popular characters from Finding Nemo – the amnesiac Dory – and builds a new story around her as she sets out to be reunited with her family.

Suicide Squad (August)

Can DC take on the might of Marvel? The starry cast – Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie – who have signed up for this blockbuster would certainly suggest so.

Based on the comic’s anti-hero squad of the same name, the closely guarded plot will revolve around a gang of supervillains tasked with going on deathly missions.

Doctor Strange (October)

We love the cast who’ve come on board to play one of Marvel’s more interesting characters.

Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen and
Rachel McAdams all recently wrapped filming, while who better to play the main man than Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch.

He’ll certainly shine as the complicated surgeon who’s taken under the wing of a superpower who teaches him how to fight evil.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (December)

JK Rowling’s eagerly-awaited Harry Potter spin-off is, she says, neither a prequel nor a sequel, but “an extension of the wizarding world”.

Set decades before the Potter films, it centres on Eddie Redmayne’s character, Newt Scamander.

Our own Colin Farrell will be waving his wizardly wand in this one.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December)

The first in a planned series of Star Wars spin-offs is being kept secret, but we do know it’s a heist movie involving the Death Star.

Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker and the great Ben Mendelsohn are among the ensemble cast. Savvy action director Gareth Edwards takes the helm.