Release Date: 25 March 2016 Certification:12A Running Time:151 min Director: Zack Snyder Starring:Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Gal Gadot
After decades of development hell and countless fanboy arguments, pop culture icons Batman and Superman are finally squaring off on the silver screen in Zack Snyder’s sequel to the 2013 Superman reboot Man of Steel. With a reportedly massive budget and hopes for a new franchise of shared universe superhero films, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has a lot riding on it.
Release Date: 6 August 2015 Certification: 12A Running Time: 100 Min Director: Josh Trank Starring: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey
Plagued by rumours of reshoots, tantrums and studio interference, Fantastic Four arrives in cinemas with something of a troubled reputation. Director Josh Trank has already thrown the film under the bus, with a tweet that claimed ‘a year ago I had a fantastic version of this. You’ll probably never see it’. What we do get to see is an infuriatingly muddled and lopsided film that shows just enough flashes of innovation to narrowly avoid being an unmitigated disaster. That’s right, Fantastic Four is pretty damn far from being fantastic.
Release Date: 23 April 2015 Certification: 12A Running Time: 141 min Director: Joss Whedon Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader
After seven years and ten films Marvel Studios have changed the face of modern blockbuster cinema. When Nick Fury popped up at the end of Iron Man and mentioned creating a superteam called the Avengers, the notion of a shared cinematic universe where characters and storylines span multiple different movie series was a real surprise. Now every major studio is scrambling to create a shared universe of their own, ranging from the DC Comics Cinematic Universe at Warner Bros. to the frankly bizarre sounding Ghostbusters universe at Sony. With Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Studios launch their eleventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the sequel to 2012’s Avengers Assemble and nine other films.
Release Date: 30th October 2013 Certification: 12A Running Time: 120 minutes Director: Alan Taylor Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Kat Dennings, Chris O’Dowd
Continuing from where The Avengers left off, Thor: The Dark World finds the ever-devious Loki now imprisoned beneath Asgard for his antics back on Earth, while Thor is trying his best to keep the peace between the nine realms. Elsewhere, Jane is still looking for signs of him after his sudden departure and accidentally stumbles into the Dark World, awakening an ancient power which brings with it the tyranny of the Dark Elves. It picks up the pieces much more effectively than the previous Marvel instalment Iron Man 3, which acknowledged its predecessor by having Tony Stark suffer panic attacks whenever he recalled New York; which seemed convenient way to avoid the subject. The end result is a blockbuster which hits the ground running and barely falters.