What Are the Best New Sci-Fi Movies Coming out in 2016?
2015 has been a great year for movies and science fiction. Dinosaurs once again rule, with Jurassic World having pulled down an incredible $1,659,909,373 at the world wide box office, to rule the number one spot.
Avengers: Age of Utron also made a strong showing, pulling down $1,402,635,476 worldwide to land at number 2. And the only likely contender to knock either of those two films out of the 1 and 2 spots for the year? THE Sci-Fi movie event of 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Basically, unless a Sith Lord chokes out vast legions of fanatical science fiction fans, the top three movies this year will be Sci-Fi.
So, with such a strong showing in 2015, how’s 2016 looking? Well, I’m glad you asked. Here is a quick list of some of the hotly anticipated new sci-fi movies coming out in 2016:
The 5th Wave
When: You don’t have to wait long in 2015 for the Sci-Fi love to start. The 5th Wave hits screens on January 15th, 2016.
What: Earth is in dire straits after 4 waves of alien attacks have left the population decimated, and knocked us back into a technological stone age. As the fifth wave prepares to crash down and obliterate what’s left of humanity, 16 year old Cassie Sullivan is trying to survive, after having learned the hard way she can trust no one.
Why Should You Care: The book, the first in a planned trilogy by author Rick Yancey, has been popular and well received, with Kirkus and Publisher’s weekly handing it starred reviews. The film also sports a strong cast, with Chloe Grace Moretz leading Earth’s survirors, and Liev Schreiber stepping into the role of the villainous Commander Vosch.
When: Fan favorite, fast talking anti-hero Deadpool gets his shot at big screen glory on February 12th, 2016.
What: He’s rude, he’s funny, he’s good, he’s bad; basically, he’s a little bit of everything. Comic book superhero/villain/anti-hero Deadpool is a former soldier, who gains superpowers, such as advanced healing, after submitting to government experimentation. However, the experimentation also breaks his mind, rendering him crazy and unpredictable.
Why You Should Care: Deadpool, played by Ryan Reynolds, showed up as a side character in 2009’s poorly received Wolverine: Origins. As a fan of the Deadpool character, Reynolds was so disappointed with the way it turned out, he put his own money, time and effort into pulling a proper Deadpool movie together. And so far, fans are fairly convinced he’s succeeded based on the well received trailers.
When: Midnight Special arrives on March 18th, 2016.
What: After three dramatic, critical successes, writer/director Jeff Nichols is trying his hand at a science fiction thriller. A father goes on the run with his unique, gifted 8 year old son. Joined by some friends, this small, ragtag group must get the boy to a secret location, while evading capture by an extreme religious sect. The movie is described as a full-on chase, with an outcome that could change the world.
Why You Should Care: Nichols three previous films were tightly crafted character pieces, and this one promises to keep that trend up, while marrying it to an intriguing sci-fi and chase premise. The movie also features Michael Shannon in the lead role, who has been in all of Nichols’ previous filsm. Sam Shephard, Kirsten Dunst and Joel Edgerton round out an intriguing cast.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
When: Batman and Superman throw down for a rumble royale on March 25th, 2016
What: Beloved superhero icons Batman and Superman finally meet on the big screen. After the destruction caused by Superman’s encounter with villainous General Zod in Man of Steel, Batman travels to Metropolis to launch a pre-emptive strike against Superman, fearing that if no one attempts to keep him in check, he may eventually present a dire threat to mankind.
Why You Should Care: Man of Steel director Zack Snyder returns, with his distinctive visual style. Superstar Ben Affleck joins the cast as the latest actor to take on the role of Batman, despite vowing to never play another superhero role after his poorly received turn in Daredevil. Also making his debut in the film is Jesse Eisenberg as a young Lex Luthor, Superman’s primary nemesis.
Comic Con Trailer:
First Official Teaser:
Captain America: Civil War
When: The Cap hits the big screen for the third time on May 6th, 2016.
What: The 2006 “Civil War” storyline, from Mark Millar, is one of the more beloved for comic book fans. After increasing collateral damage caused by Captain America and the Avengers, the government decides to create an act regulating superhuman activity, which divides the Avengers. Will they still be able to effectively defend against supervillains with government interfering?
Why Should You Care: Directing Duo Anthony and Joe Russo, who handled Captain America: Winter Soldier with such aplomb, are once again at the helm. Packed with the characters we’ve come to know and love, and featuring an appearance by the new Spider Man, Civil War promises to be an action packed thrill ride.
When: The X-Men return to delight audiences on May 27th, 2016.
What: Massive supervillain Apocalypse, rumored to be the first mutant in existence, takes center stage. Set in 1983, 10 years after the events in Days of the Future Past, the X-Men, must fight Apocalypse and the Four Horsemen as they attempt to establish dominance over mankind. Michael Fassbender returns as hero/villain Magneto.
Why You Should Care: Bryan Singer is back in the director’s chair. After delivering the three most well received entries in the franchise, including the original X-Men and sequel X2, this is a great comfort to many fans. Apocalypse, voiced by rising star Oscar Issacs, is one of the huge X-Men villains, and this movie promises to be epic in scope.
Independence Day: Resurgence
When: Prepare for another alien invasion on June 24th, 2016.
What: Twenty years after the events in the original Independence Day, the international community on Earth has recovered, and reinforced their security using technology built from the salvaged alien spaceships. However, before their destruction, the first alien fleet was able to send a distress signal, which has now brought a new fleet of aliens to Earth, bent on revenge and wholesale destruction.
Why You Should Care: Director Roland Emmerich, THE disaster movie go-to guy, and director of the original, is back for a second serving. And though superstar Will Smith won’t be returning, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman will, joined by the younger Hemsworth, Liam. Also, this is the first of two planned sequels, so if all goes well, you can expect another serving to keep your alien invasion cravings satisfied.
When: This reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise lands on July 15, 2016.
What: Ghosts are real, and they’re invading Manhattan, prompting a team of paranormal butt-kickers to band together to defeat the ghostly menace, using advanced technology.
Why Should You Care: This is a very divisive movie for sci-fi fans. The original is a beloved, sci-fi comedy classic, and the plans to reboot it with an all female cast of Ghostbusters has some worried. However, director Paul Feig and primary stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones have all shown strong comic chops before. The film also features another interesting role reversal, with hunky Chris Hemsworth serving as the female team’s receptionist. Dan Akroyd, Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, and Sigourney Weaver are all set to cameo.
When: TBA, but expected to be late 2016
What: Prometheus 2 is set to pick up after the events in the original, following scientist Elizabeth Shaw and android David in their search for answers on who the Engineers were, where the aliens came from, and how they crash landed on LV-426.
Why Should You Care: Though considered to be flawed by many, and mixed in its critical reception, the original Prometheus pulled in over $400 million at the world wide box office, prompting interest in a sequel. Director Ridley Scott is back, with stars Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender reprising their roles as Elizabeth Shaw and David, respectively. Just a few weeks ago, Scott revealed that the title to the sequel will be Alien: Paradise Lost (an allusion to John Milton’s epic poem), which suggests a deeper connection to the Alien franchise than the first film had. Scott also confirmed that this movie will have a connection to the franschise’s hero Ripley.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
When: This stand alone Star Wars adventure drops on December 16, 2016.
What: Set after the events of Episodes 1 – 3, and setting up episodes 4 – 6, Rogue One tells the story of a band of Rebel fighters on a dangerous and desperate mission. They must steal the plans to the Death Star, a new weapon built by the Galactic Empire to enforce their rule.
Why You Should Care: This is the first of two standalone Star Wars films Disney is set to develop. Gareth Edwards, most well known for helming the recent Godzilla reboot, is stepping into the director’s chair. The plot, the theft of the Death Star plans, plays directly into the original trilogy, and should be a thrilling story to tell. Principal photography began last month in August, and though Darth Vader is reported to have a cameo in the film, he will not be the main antagonist. Another interesting tidbit that was recently confirmed in that later British actor Peter Cushing will be digitally resurrected with CG to play the role of Grand Moff Tarkin once more. One more detail about this movie that has been established for decades: many Bothan spies will die to bring this information to Mon Mothma.
This list represents a lot of movies for sci-fi fans to look forward to, but they are also some of the more well known new sci-fi movies coming out in 2016. But there are always ones that fly a little under the radar, and end up surprising audiences. Here’s to hoping there are more than a few science fiction surprises this coming year.