Oh boy. 2017, am I right? It’s going to be busy for people like me, who go to the theater for every single superhero movie. We have seven of them coming out this year, if you count The Lego Batman Movie. And you should count it. Don’t be so cold.
The Lego Batman Movie (February 10)
Just like my rundown for 2016, I’m putting this list out too late to give my predictions for the first super hero movie of the year. Because The Lego Batman movie is already out, and I’ve already seen it! But if I had to guess, I’d say I’ll like it.
I say that because I did like it. As someone who didn’t love The Dark Knight Rises and just feels sorry for Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, it was nice to feel excited for a Batman movie again It actually packed a few emotional punches I wasn’t ready to handle. While the film was never as funny as its first 15-20 minutes, it was enjoyable, beautifully and uniquely animated and still true to Batman as a character.
Excitement Level = Everything is Awesome
Logan (March 3)
While my love for the X-Men movies has always been strong, the Wolverine solo films are at 50% approval rating. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is one of the worst super hero films ever and killed a slew of planned X-Men solo films. The Wolverine, on the other hand, is one of my favorites, both as an X-Men and super hero film. It was thoughtful, true to the character and unique. And now the same creative team is putting out what might be the last show for Hugh Jackman’s iconic take of the world’s favorite mutant.
I’ll save the emotions I have about seeing the man who played one of my favorite heroes for the past 17 years for after I see the film. I’m both excited to see another unique and focused take on the character, but the R rating doesn’t thrill me like it does for some. I get it and it makes sense when a man’s powers are razor sharp claws that can cut through bone like paper. I just don’t need gore and f-bombs for the sake of being grown up. But then, I’m lame.
That hesitation aside, I’m excited for this. I like the western-vibe the trailers are providing, I like the inclusion of X-23 and I’m always happy to see Wolverine cut loose. If this is as good as the Wolverine, I think we’ll be very happy.
Excitement Level = X-Static
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (May 5)
One of the best Marvel films is getting a sequel. The first movie did a better job with the characters than some of their comic outings and it was hilarious to boot. I’m having a hard time coming up with things to say about the first movie, just because it was as good as it was and most people saw it. I should watch it again.
The second outing looks like more of the same, but in this case, that should be a good thing. With the introduction of these characters out of the way, we can get straight to the fun and team interaction. I’m pumped to see Kurt Russell in this film and to see how they pull of Ego the Living Planet. What’s great about 2017 is that, even with this movie coming out, it’s not the Marvel movie I’m most excited for, but we’ll get to that.
Excitement Level = High
Wonder Woman (June 2)
It’s 2017. They’ve been making big budget super hero movies since 1978. If we’re talking about the time since the first X-Men movie, than comic book movies have been in the golden age for 17 years. So it’s either been almost two or four decades before they made a Wonder Woman film. That’s insane, considering Warner Bros. and DC comics have made a Steel, Jonah Hex, Constantine, Catwoman and Suicide Squad movie before one of the biggest characters on the planet. They should be embarrassed.
Unfortunately, Wonder Woman is coming at a time where I’m not at all excited for DC movies. They just don’t seem to making super hero movies I want to see. And it has nothing to do with being dark and/or gritty. I like plenty of dark and/or gritty films, super heroes are no exception. If I’m enjoying Daredevil and Jessica Jones on Netflix, I can handle a grown up take on characters I like. But stupid, that’s another thing entirely. And Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were stupid.
I want Wonder Woman to buck that trend. I want it to be great. And from the trailers I’ve seen, it looks like it could be something unique and exciting. While setting it in World War I might play a bit too close to Captain America: The First Avenger, I doubt it will be a problem. Here’s hoping that this is the first DC film since Man of Steel that values character over imagery, while still giving us the super heroics.
Excitement Level = Hopeful
Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 5)
Boy, just writing the title has made me tired.
It’s not that I don’t like Spider-Man! I love the guy! He’s one of my favorites. The first Spider-Man movie (2002) felt like a defining moment in my life and the sequel (2004) is one of my favorite movies ever, definitely in my top five super hero films of all time. It’s just that after fifteen years, five movies in which the last three weren’t the best and the speed of the reboot has left me underwhelmed.
Tom Holland was fantastic in Captain America: Civil War and he won me over quickly. I guess what keeps me from getting excited about this new movie is that we know what to expect from a Spider-Man film, a Marvel film, a coming of age film, ect. While we’re close to the film I’m most excited for, this one is at the bottom of my priorities. I’m sure it will be great. It will be charming, action-packed and a fun time. But that assurance also comes with a lack of anticipation. I hope to change my tune soon.
Excitement Level = Less than Amazing
Thor: Ragnarok (November 3)
Now we’re talking. Now we’re firing on all cylinders. Now we’re discussing a film with a director I’m excited to see work his weird craft. Taika Waititi is such a strange choice to helm the movie but I’m glad to see him aboard. This is a case of me liking both character and director for different reasons and wanting to see what the two will produce.
The Thor films are in this weird, separate world from the other Marvel films and I’ve liked both offerings. The second is underwhelming until Loki is on the scene, but the first is almost a near perfect origin film, almost on par with Iron Man.
Now the third is going to be bringing the Hulk into the fray, along with Doctor Strange, making an almost complete Defenders team-up (not the Netflix version of the Defenders, the comic version, with Thor standing in for Silver Surfer and Namor, the Sub-Mariner). I have high expectations for this one and I hope those are met.
Excitement Level = The Highest
Justice League (November 17)
Zach Snyder made a divisive Superman movie, one that I hate. But that’s okay, he gets a second chance with the first Batman/Superman team-up film. And then it was stupid. Embarrassingly so. Well, that’s okay. He may have film a crappy version of two heroes, but now he’s done and will move on…oh, wait. He’s going to direct the Justice League now.
Great. Just great. That’s fantastic. When thinking of the Justice League, I always see them as dark, violent, image focused and stupid idiots who get tricked by dumb villain plans. This should work out just fine.
Or maybe my sarcasm will be for naught. Maybe we’ll get an iconic, inspiring and larger than life story with some of the greatest heroes ever created. Maybe it won’t be warehouse scenes and mother issues and fish hobos and super villains no one has heard about. Maybe they’ll be surprised and fantastic character moments. Maybe Maybe Maybe…
Excitement Level = Not Again, Lord. Please. Not again.
It’s my favorite movie season of all! Seriously, I enjoy being able to go to the movies every other week during the season, though I hope that this change we’re seeing is really happening and bigger movies come out year round. Captain America came out in April and is still doing big bucks. But I doubt Summer Movie Season will ever go away and it’s here again! Will this year be another fantastic one like 2003? Or will it be a painful drought like 2009? Does anyone (besides me) even remember what movies came out those years (comment in the comments!) But here’s my looking forward at this summer season and the movies I’m going to see.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
So here’s the first Marvel movie that I’m going to that feels like I’m attending out of obligation. I’m not thrilled with the idea that this is the Spider-Man universe we’re going to be in for the foreseeable future. Also, it just makes me miss the original series even more, but that’s a problem with an easily rewatchable solution. Maybe all the pre-planning that’s going on for this franchise is giving me fatigue already, but I can’t think of much that I’m excited for in this sequel. I might be surprised, or I might be annoyed.
Okay, I don’t have a lot to say here, but it looks like I’ll be seeing this one. The wife thinks it looks hilarious and the right people will be in town at the right time. It looks funny, I liked This is the End but comedies are always a toss-up for me when I’m not the one wanting to go. Stay tuned!
I wasn’t interested, than I was interested, now I’m hesitant. I like Godzilla but I’m not sure I’m into their take of grounding it in real life. I tend to want my bigger stuff free of reality. I also prefer monster movies over disaster films, and yes, I do see a difference. But it might work and so far, the previews have made the monster look great and I’m sure it will be tons of fun.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
The movie that I’m looking forward to the most this summer. If I only get to see one, this will be it. The X-Men franchise has been like a rocky romance; it started great, started having real problems that almost lead to a breakup, but they’ve really seemed to pull it back together. It’s been two great movies since the last bad one and this one looks like it’s going to carry on the good a while longer. There’s a lot I’m excited for in this film and I think it’s going to deliver.
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Crap. There’s only one movie I want to see in June and it’s Transformers? Put me in the “I know it’s gonna be bad, but I’m seeing anyway” category, if only because I’ve seen them all in theaters anyway. At least this will have Dinobots and less of the old crew. I guess it’s my fault for not wanting to see Tom Cruise’s scifi picture or How to Train Your Dragon. This is my penance. Also, I’m Protestant so I don’t have a theological point for penance. But there was a X-Men named Penance and now I’ve lost my train of thought.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The first film looked cheesy but turned out to be amazing and one of my favorite movies. I’m still nervous about this sequel, since a lot of the people involved with Rise aren’t here, but the studios might have known to keep the quality going. I’m excited to see where things are going with this franchise but less excited to see Gary Oldman.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Probably number two on my most anticipated list. I’m one of the few people who has read the comics for these characters, so I’m interested in what they’re going to do, while nervous if it will work out for Marvel. The trailer gives off a Farscape vibe to me and that’s not a bad thing. I’m waiting for a new trailer, since the one out doesn’t give a lot of information or lines for Rocket Raccoon, but that’ got my money already.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
It took them long enough to make the sequel and it might have been too long. I’ll probably go, but my interest level is close to empty on this one.
There they are, the movies I want to see this summer. Looking at them, it’s a weird season. May is front loaded, June and July both have one film each, and August of all months has three? I’m sure there’ll be a surprise movie or two that I wasn’t planning on seeing. I’ll try to keep up with reviews, but since I never got around to talking about Captain America, I’m not sure how good I’ll be about it this summer. Expect a summary of the end of summer, though.
What about you? Movies you’re looking forward to? Not looking forward to at all? Disagree with me? Mad at me because I’m not interested in training dragons? Comment in the comments!