What is it about: Diana was raised in the remote island of Themyscira by her Amazon sisters and trained to be the ultimate warrior. When a human pilot, Steve Trevor crashes unto her shores, she joins him on a quest to stop World War I and save humanity.
Why the hype: she stole the show in Batman v Superman and she’s doing it again for Comic Con. Let’s put a bit of a damper on the hype however. We’re all still living the honeymoon phase of finally seeing the first female superhero make her big screen debut but the film is coming together nicely and headed by Patty Jenkins (director and writer of Academy Award-winning film, Monster). The social commentary, feminist undertones and intense action sequences look to make the film a guaranteed hit. Just hope they don’t go overboard with the commentary.
Release Date: June 2, 2017
What is it about: following the events of Batman v Superman, Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman and Diana Prince a.k.a. Wonder Woman work together to recruit the various other meta-humans living on earth to stop a powerful enemy. Think of it almost like the classic Akira Kurosawa film, Seven Samurai but with superheroes on a bigger global scope.
Why the hype: not so much a trailer as a collection of footage the good ol’ folks at DC Films put together. You get to see interactions between Bruce and Aquaman, Flash, and Cyborg. Some mildly funny quips highlight the film taking on a friendlier tone than Batman v Superman. Critics crucified the film for what they thought was an overly serious take on the genre. So long as the film doesn’t try to copy Marvel’s style then we can have an entertaining Justice League film.
Release Date: November 17, 2017
What is it about: when top neurosurgeon, Stephen Strange is injured in a car accident, he goes on a long journey to seek someone to heal him but instead stumbles upon the Ancient One and a gateway into a mystical world. He forgets about his previous life and takes upon the mantle of a sorcerer and must protect the planet from other mystical forces.
Why the hype: when Guardians of the Galaxy debuted in 2014 it wowed audiences as they got a first glimpse of Marvel’s take on extraterrestrial space. Strange may do just that but with Marvel’s magical aspect and the awe-inspiring Benedict Cumberbatch could do to the titular character what Robert Downey Jr. did for Iron Man. Hoping the film delves more into themes of mysticism as opposed to taking the cheap route of bombarding us with more special effects.
Release Date: November 4, 2016
What is it about: secret government agent, Amanda Waller assembles a misfit crew of supervillains to a suicide mission. When the Joker arrives tracking down Harley, the proverbial sh*t hits the fan and the villains-turned-heroes have to figure out how to complete their mission before their explosive devices or they themselves off each other.
Why the hype: the Suicide Squad offers a different take on the superhero comic book genre by essentially using the supervillains as the protagonists. The mixture of the colourful villains, black humour and lots and lots of explosions and action scenes should make for a highly entertaining popcorn film that is just a few days away from dropping.
Release Date: August 5, 2016
What is it about: Luke Cage survives a science experiment goes wrong and finds himself with unbrea.k.a.ble skin and super strength. Though reluctant at first, he takes after the examples of other heroes and cleans up his own hood by whooping on every bad guy he comes across.
Why the hype: Luke Cage is a crime fighter/superhero with a lot of attitude. He’s capable of taking on the likes of Captain America and the Hulk thanks to his superhuman strength and durability. Jessica Jones and the last Daredevil series went beyond crime-fighting to include supernatural elements like mind control and magic but Cage will be as grounded as the first Daredevil series. Expected a lot of good ol’ fashioned beat downs by the dozens.
Release Date: September 30, 2016 (Netflix)
What is it about: Danny Rand is a wealthy New Yorker who gains the ability to wield the “Iron Fist”, a concentration of chi balled up into his fist (among other abilities). With his newfound power, he looks to regain everything he’s lost.
Why the hype: out of all the Netflix Marvel heroes, Iron Fist could be the most interesting because of his ties to the mystical world. With Doctor Strange introducing that aspect in the big screen and the second season of Daredevil doing so for the Netflix series, Iron Fist could blend magic, martial arts and crime-fighting into one seamless experience that will properly set up the other upcoming Netflix series…
Release Date: 2017 (Netflix)
What is it about: the Defenders are a team comprised of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist who set out to defeat a powerful adversary that threatens the city.
Why the hype: this miniseries is the culmination of the four individual Netflix series. Think of it as the Avengers to the Netflix Marvel universe but in a smaller scope. Not much has been revealed of it but we can expect more or less the same ass-kickery and mature story lines from what we’ve seen of the Netflix universe so far.
Release Date: 2017 (Netflix)
The Flash (Season 3)
What is it about: following the events of Season 2, Barry Allen a.k.a. The Flash altered his timeline when he time-traveled back to his past and stopped Reverse Flash from killing his mother. The effects of his actions have created an alternative timeline called “Flashpoint”.
Why the hype: the Flashpoint story arc has been the Flash’s most popular as it reintroduced the DC universe in a different (albeit shocking) light. The TV verse’s version will be in smaller scope but will still rejumble the Flash’s universe and make the old new again. Plot twists and convoluted timelines will be the result of all of this but that’s a great thing.
Release Date: October 4, 2016 (CW)
Arrow (Season 5)
What is it about: after defeating Damien Dahrk in season 4, Team Arrow has all but disbanded with Speedy leaving to find herself and Diggle reenlisting in the military. Oliver now assembles a new team of heroes to help him protect Star City as he still recuperates from everything he lost.
Why the hype: the new season of Arrow introduces new DC heroes like Artemis and Mr. Terrific and the new team will inject new life in a show that has been needing it. Oliver’s relationship Felicity will also be re-explored as the fate of Laurel remains up-in-the-air. It’s a chance for the show to sort of start over again and gain new viewers.
Release Date: October 5, 2016 (CW)
Legion (Season 1)
What is it about: David Haller, a diagnosed schizophrenic starts to believe the voices he hears in his head might be real. After meeting a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility the voices in his head might be pointing him towards something. Something big.
Why the hype: Legion is a lesser-known X-Men character whose prominence came to peak during the popular Age of Apocalypse timeline. The series appears like a direct departure from FOX’s X-verse and looks more like a psychological thriller than a typical superhero series. It’s intriguing to say the least and even more curious is Marvel (sort of) teaming up with FX for this.
Release Date: 2017 (FX)