2016 SUCKED, let's be honest. Outside of some great comics and a few good movies, this year was a total bust. Plus, Bowie died. Eff you 2016, we're moving on. This is part two in a four part series looking ahead to our four pillars of nerdery in 2017.
Movies we're excited for in 2017
- Wonder Woman and WHY she's so important
The hopes of the universe rest on Wonder Woman. This isn't spoiling the plot of the movie, this is a literal statement as any hope for redemption for the DC Cinematic Universe. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman hits theaters June 2, 2017 and carries with it the weight of the worlds.
After less than stellar reviews for Superman: Man Of Steel and even LESS stellar reviews for the snorefest that was Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Oh My God They Really Called A Movie That, Wonder Woman has to deliver. Gadot sizzled on screen in her limited role for BvS and looks to take over the entire thing in June. The cast, trailer and everything else SO FAR look incredible for DC's leading lady.
The biggest component giving fans hope for this film, besides a wonderful cast, is the involvement of DC Chief Creative Officer and Michigan native Geoff Johns. It was reported in early 2016 that Johns was taking a much more hands on role with the film production and Wonder Woman will be our first chance to see the fruits of his labor. Johns, along with Allan Heinberg, wrote the script for the film. Comic book fans know Johns as possibly the greatest Green Lantern writer of all time and the mind behind this year's incredibly popular and insanely good DC Rebirth.
Can Johns, Gadot and director Patty Jenkins save the DCU? Only 2017 will tell.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2/ The Lego Batman Movie: can they do it again?
Two films that caught lightning in a bottle were 2014's Guardians Of The Galaxy and The Lego Movie. In 2017, both franchises look to recapture that initial magic. GotG Vol. 2 may have a bit more working for it, being part of the juggernaut known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Volume 2 returns all the stars from the first flick and even director James Gunn is back writing and directing this time around. But can they make magic with "D-list" characters once again?
In turn, we go back to The Lego Movieverse to visit the bricked city of Gotham with The Lego Batman Movie. Featuring the big screen debut of director Chris McKay, an editor from The Lego Movie, and a script from Seth Gramme-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), the bar for success is set pretty high. The voice acting cast is jam packed with star names like Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifianakis and BILLY DEE WILLIAMS.
It also pairs Arrested Development alums Will Arnett and Michael Cera back together as Batman and Robin, respectively.
I am excited to see if these movies can reignite their fan bases the way the original films did 3 years ago.
- Valiant's Movieverse
Fun fact, Valiant is the largest comic book publisher outside of the big 2. Home to great characters and titles, Valiant partnered up with Sony back in 2015 to announce a slate of films based on Valiant characters. In September of 2016, we were told Harbinger would come first with a script from Arrival's Eric Heisserer followed by Bloodshot directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski (John Wick).
Each character would get two films, followed by a 5th crossover movie, a sort of Avengers for Valiant. Now word is coming that we could see Harbinger before the end of 2017 and at worst, in early 2018. Sony is also rumored to be looking into other Valiant titles including the mega hit book Faith. 2017 could be a big year for Valiant as they look to jump from page to screen and personally, I am super excited for it.
- Jackman's last run
I am not so much looking forward to this as I am bracing myself for it. One of the better bits of superhero casting from the genres early film days was Hugh Jackman as the best there is at what he does, Wolverine. He's survived franchise reboots, directors quitting, a terribly origin film and even insults from Ryan Reynolds.
But the veteran actor is making his last go at everyone's favorite grumpy clawed Canadian with March's Logan. This appears to be taking a new direction for the X-Men franchise and a welcome one at that. The initial trailers eschew the driving rock music and flashy action sequences of past X flicks and focuses on an emotion Logan near the end of days.
Based loosely on the Old Man Logan story line, comic fans and Jackman fans alike wait anxiously to bid farewell to the ole Canucklehead in 2017. You had a great run, bub.
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