Franchise installments, book adaptations and most of all, comic book characters—are we at all surprised?
1. The Revenant—The brilliant Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu directs a tale of vengeance set in the 1820s with a powerhouse duo: Leonardo Di Caprio and Tom Hardy.
2. Alice: Through the Looking Glass—Johnny Depp reunites with his Neverland gang: Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway and they’re joined by the currently in demand Andrew “Moriarty” Scott and Sascha Baron Cohen.
3. Hateful Eight—Quentin Tarantino is back with another “period piece” set in post Civil War Wyoming. This one stars Kurt Russell Jennifer Jason Leigh and QT regular, Samuel L. Jackson.
4. Deadpool—Ryan Reynolds didn’t quite hit the mark with the Green Lantern but he’s back in the first comic movie for 2016. It’s written by the Zombieland writers and gets an R rating.
5. Zoolander 2—Derek, Hansel and Mugatu are back, joined by Penelope Cruz and Benedict Cumberbatch.
6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children—This is a film adaptation of Ransom Riggs bestseller. Tim Burton directs, and while there will be no Johnny Depp, there will be Eva Green.
7. Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur—Guy Ritchie takes on this legend with Charlie Hunnam as Arthur.
8. Batman vs. Superman Dawn of Justice—Will Ben Affleck do “justice” to the role of Batman? This is DC’s chance to play a little catch up with Marvel. Henry Cavill returns as Superman with Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman—any more big characters we don’t know about?
9. Doctor Strange—Yet another comic book film, Benedict Cumberbatch is in the title role supported by Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Eijofor.
10. Captain America: Civil War or as Den of Geek calls it—Avengers has Captain America squaring off with Iron Man. Along for the ride are Black Widow, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Winter Soldier, Crossbones, Ant-Man, Black Panther and the new Spiderman.
11. Warcraft—First of two big video game movies coming out, Duncan Jones of Source Code while Travis Fimmel of Vikings so aptly stars.
Merry Christmas, dear readers. If I may leave any kind of message—the best gifts one can give is time, companionship, understanding and hugs—things that can’t be bought in a store.