2016: Year of the Comic Book Movies?

We are now in June, and five comic book movies have been released, Deadpool, BvS, Captain America Civil War, X-Men Apocalypse, and TMNT 2, and we still have two more to go with Suicide Squad and Doctor Strange.

So, is it safe to say that the year 2016 goes to comic books adapted into film? My answer would be yes. To my knowledge there has never been this many comic books adapted into film and released all in one year. This is our year, comic book nerds!

First off, let me start off by saying thank you to Ryan Reynolds, for giving 2016 a great start! It all started with Deadpool. This year we’ve already seen 5 comic book movies and most have been great so far. I would say Deadpool and Civil War have been my favorite so far. They’ve lived up to the hype and made great quality films. Whereas Batman vs Superman fell flat and disappointed many. Hopefully, with the release of the DVD, we can see the extras that the director claimed was cut out for theatrical release and added to the DVD for a 100% completed film. The jury is still out on BvS so stay tuned for a second review on that soon.

With the huge disappointment of BvS a few things came from it and that is that I am super excited to see Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. That was the light at the end of the BvS tunnel. But it makes me worry for Suicide Squad. I really hope that S-squad can live up to the hype, especially since this is our first time seeing a live action Harley Quinn. Fingers crossed.

As for Doctor Strange, I was never really into that Marvel character, but Benedict Cumberbatch is a great actor, so I am curious on how he will bring Dr. Strange to life. Maybe, it can be a lovely surprise like how Guardians of the Galaxy was in 2014.

With all of that said and so many comic book movies released in one year, it says something about the quality of films we are receiving now. Back in the 1980’s, 1990’s and some early 2000 comic book films, the budget was low, the quality was crap and the writing was just terrible (with the exception of Tim Burton’s Batman). But now, we are starting to see great quality filming, fantastic writing, and some awesome and realistic fight sequences in these comic book movies. Not that long ago, comic book movies were not taken seriously and were considered childish but we’ve seen growth in how comic books are brought to life, and they are to be taken seriously. Many A-list actors want to join the comic book train, and studios want to cash in.

There are a lot great stories to be told from comic books and I think that it was about time the film industry took notice. This is our year, comic book nerds. This our year to celebrate some of our favorite comic book stories being translated into film regardless of which side you’re on (Marvel or DC).  This is a new leap for comic book films. Here at Sup, Nerds! we welcome it with open arms and we hope you do too.


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