2015 looks to be one of the most exciting years of the past decade for movie releases. The following are ten of the most highly anticipated.
Star Wars: Episode VII
One of the biggest pieces of film news in 2012 came when it was announced that Disney had acquired Lucasfilm.
There was a strong backlash from some Star Wars fans, and fears grew that Disney would spoil the memory of the earlier movies.
Disney have given reassurances that future titles in the series will be true to the original, and it’s hard not to be excited about the next instalments.
The first new Star Wars film in over a decade will be directed by J.J. Abrams, and this revelation has given fans confidence that Episode VII will live up to expectations. With Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher all reprising their classic roles the buzz is huge.
The movie is rumoured to pick up the story after the events of “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.” It will take into account the passage of 30 years, with Luke, Han, and Leia appearing as older characters.
Episode VII has the potential to revive the popular franchise for a third generation. There are also talks of spin off movies for key characters, and fans will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Star Wars universe for years to come.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
As the four-part Hunger Games film saga comes to an end, fans of the franchise will finally find out what happens to Katniss, Peeta, and the rest of the oppressed people of Panem.
The popularity of The Hunger Games trilogy meant a movie series was inevitable, and fans haven’t been disappointed with the series so far.
Author Suzanne Collins created strong characters and a terrifying vision of the future, and this formula has translated perfectly to movie screens.
Fans of the books already know that this last instalment will be full of action. Some critics felt the ending of the Mockingjay book was rushed, and it will be interesting to see how some plot elements will be dealt with.
Jennifer Lawrence has been highly praised for bringing the lead character to life, and the cast can certainly take some credit for the success of the movie adaptations.
Following the success of The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games trilogy it will be interesting to see which books movie producers are planning to bring to the screen next.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
The top-grossing action film of all time is getting its first sequel in 2015, and it is set to reunite the director of the original, Joss Whedon, with his all-star cast.
Superhero movies have been huge over the last few years, and Marvel have led the way in bringing their characters to the big screen.
Iron Man, Captain America and Thor have all appeared in their own blockbuster movies, and some fans feared that bringing them together was a risk for the studios.
There was no need for concern, and The Avengers movie was a huge hit. DC Comics are fighting back with their own movies, and the success of Man of Steel means other DC characters will be appearing soon. Batman and Wonder Woman are confirmed to feature in the sequel to Man of Steel.
Comic book fans are eager to find out which of their heroes will be appearing in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The potential line-up includes Scarlet Witch, Ant Man, Wasp and Doctor Strange. The character Ultron has appeared in many Marvel stories over the years, and is always a hit with comic book fans.
The plot is likely to involve Iron Man as a key character, and The Avengers sequel is likely to be one of the greatest movies of 2015.
Superman vs. Batman
Warner Bros. has struggled to capture the attention of audiences with its superhero movies in a way that can rival Marvel, so this film will be a major make-or-break release for the studio.
The success of Superman’s appearance in Man of Steel meant a sequel was announced within weeks of launch.
The movie was originally planned for a 2014 release, but the production schedule was soon revised to something more realistic.
Not much has been revealed about the movie yet, but it certainly has potential, as it features two of the most famous superheroes in history. There was outcry from many fans when Ben Affleck was announced for the part of Batman, but excitement over DC’s two main characters appearing together has since overtaken that.
Of all the great movies planned for 2015, this one has created the greatest buzz on the Internet. Every day there are rumours of new cast and characters, and the studio will be under massive pressure to get this one right.
Wonder Woman is now confirmed as a character in the movie, and it’s anticipated that each DC superhero appearing will go on to feature in their own blockbuster. No villains are confirmed as yet, and comic book fans can’t wait to see who will feature against some of their greatest heroes.
After two largely failed attempts to bring the beloved comic book to the screen, Fox is taking a third stab at creating a memorable Fantastic Four movie.
The recent success of other Marvel character movies means audiences will be happy to risk the price of a ticket to see if this one captures the magic of the comic book.
Director Josh Trank hopes to capture the rich world of the original stories with this latest effort.
The 2005 movie of the Fantastic Four received a very mixed response, and many critics felt there was too much emphasis on humor. Getting a superhero movie right can be very difficult, and it’s a big responsibility when you’re dealing with characters audiences have grown up with.
The Internet is buzzing with rumors about how the Fantastic Four may be introduced into the new Marvel universe. One of the most popular theories is that the characters may appear in the next X-Men movie. Comic book fans are also keen to see Spider-Man appear alongside the Fantastic Four on the big screen.
If this movie has the appeal of The Avengers it’s likely to be the start of another great superhero franchise for Marvel. Perhaps one day we’ll see all the Marvel superheroes together in one huge blockbuster?
James Bond 24
The massive success of Skyfall (which raked in over $1 billion at the box office) proved that James Bond films are just as popular as ever.
The series had been in a slow decline since Daniel Craig took the lead role, and his portrayal of the British secret agent hasn’t pleased everyone.
Craig’s agent 007 is much more realistic than previous versions, and the movies have become more violent. In part, this was a response to the success of the Bourne Identity movies.
Director Sam Mendes is set to return for this 24th instalment, working with Daniel Craig in his fourth movie as 007. Little is known about the new movie so far, but it’s believed Penelope Cruz will appear as Bond’s latest female partner.
Some critics felt that Skyfall lost some of the James Bond spirit due to a lack of witty one liners, and this may be a change in the 2015 instalment.
Daniel Craig has committed to at least two more Bond movies, and most fans of the series are delighted at this news. Some of his predecessors left the series after just a few movies, so it’s great to see a character develop over a longer run.
Via: Box Office Scoop