2015 is shaping up to be the ultimate clash of the blockbuster titans. We take a look at some of the films that we are most excited about...
Batman vs. Superman
Comic Con 2013 was rocked by the news of a sequel to the hugely popular Man of Steel which hit cinemas this summer, and even more so when director and producer Zack Synder revealed that The Dark Knight himself will be making an appearance. There is not yet an official title to Man of Steel, but it does not stop fans from thinking it will become Batman vs Superman or vice versa. While an official release date has not been revealed, Warner Brothers say that production will start next year for a July 17th 2015 release. Fans were even more shocked of the news that Ben Affleck from Argo has been cast as Batman/Bruce Wayne for the movie. Man of Steel helmers Zack Synder, Chris Nolan and David Goyer will be back to produce this anticipated sequel with the recurring cast of Henry Cavill (Supes/Kent), Amy Adams (Lois Lane) and Diane Lane (Martha Kent).
Trivia: Ben Affleck turned down directing the film for not being experienced enough.
Star Wars: Episode VII
When Disney bought the rights to LucasArts, fans began wondering of a sequel to the ever popular Star Wars saga thus low and behold, their wishes have come true. Episode VII is due to release in 2015, but with no actual release date firmly fixed (Though rumors are they are moving it away from its usual May release) . So far no plot or casting details have surfaced but there is, however, a director: Star Treks very own J.J Abrams.
Trivia: The first Star Wars had a £5.5million budget.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
With the massive global success of Avengers Assemble, it was obvious that there would be a second. Marvel, owned by Disney, have revealed that there will be indeed an Avengers 2 as well as a Phase 3 sequence of films leading to, yes, Avengers 3. Marvel at Comic Con shocked audiences by revealing the title for the sequel and it does not feature Thanos (The villain revealed in the mid scene credits for AA) but in fact it features robot and long time nemesis of the Avengers, Ultron. Joss Whedon is returning to write, produce and direct the hit, and so far only Robert Downey Jr as been penciled in for a return with Joss stating that there a new Avengers to join the gang; Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver (who will be played by Kickass’ Aaron Taylor-Johnson). No plot and release date has yet been revealed, but it is scheduled to hit cinemas in the summer of 2015.
Trivia: Captain America wasn’t an original Avenger, he was later introduced but was given founding status.
Independence Day Forever: Part 1
1996 seems like a long time ago when Independence Day came to our screens, with Will Smith truly becoming an Alien beating badass but now there will be a second (and third) sequels. Known as ID Forever Part I, White House Down helmer Roland Emmerich has yet to reveal any official plot points to the film. ID cast members Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman will be back but main character Will Smith, however, will not be as he is “too expensive”. ID Forever Part I is scheduled to be released 2015.
Trivia: Independence Day was shot in 72 days.
With Disney being Disney, they like a sequel. While many fans cry out for an Incredibles 2, they have also been reacting to the news that Finding Nemo is getting a sequel. Finding Dory will not follow the lives of Nemo and Marlin, but in fact follow their blue friend Dory. There is not yet an official plot for Finding Dory, as the script had to be changed several times due to a documentary aired about Whales, but we can expect it to revolve around Dory and her incapabilities to remember. Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks reprise their roles of Dory and Marlin respectively while Andrew Stanton from the first movie will be back to helm.
Trivia: Nemo first appeared as a toy in Boos bedroom in Monsters Inc, long before it was scheduled.
James Bond 24
There are always worries about the 007 series. One would be if there are going to be anymore films. Yes, in fact Bond 24 is scheduled to hit cinemas in 2015. No title or plot details has yet been revealed. With the massive success of Skyfall, Bond 24 will look to continue off from that story. Daniel Craig will return as Bond (perhaps one of his last) and Ben Whishaw will reprise his role as Q. Sam Mendes is, thankfully, returning to direct his second Bond movie.
Mission Impossible 5
Mission Impossible films have perhaps created Tom Cruises career, so it’s no brainer that there will be a fifth entry in the saga. Tom Cruise will again play his character, Ethan, but no other cast members nor has the plot been revealed. Christopher McQuarrie (who worked with Tom Cruise on Jack Reacher) will direct the sequel. *cue Mission Impossible theme*
Now one of the big shocks on this list is that, after years of debating and cancellations, Jurassic World (aka Jurassic Park 4) now lives to breathe another day. Many fans are wondering what this film could bring to the franchise, whether it be a direct sequel to JPIII or whether it will be a completely new film/reboot. No recurring characters have yet been revealed, but there is a new director - Colin Trevorrow- who revealed that the films shooting location is the same as the first Jurassic Park, the island Isla Nublar in the film.
Trivia: The original films didn’t just have CGI, they all had unique full scaled Dinosaur robots.
When Arnold Scharzenegger told the audience “I’ll be back” in the original movies, no one thought that he would be serious. Paramount revealed that the Terminator will be back on our screens in 2015. Bigger news still is that Arnie himself is scheduled to be back in some capacity (Yet to be revealed how big of a character her will be). There is no casts announcements, no plot details leaked and no director but producer Fredrik Malmberg and Avatar scribe Laeta Kalogridis are constructing a script they believe will be an effective starter for a new Terminator trilogy.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
At the time of publishing, Disney have just moved the film to 2016, but it's still worth a mention. Jack Sparrow is back in the next installment of the Pirates franchise. Disney have revealed the title for the film: Dead Men Tell No Tales with Joachim Ronning directing his first Pirates film, things may be a bit different from the others (hopefully more so than At Worlds End). There are little details known about the film except that Johnny Depp is reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow.
Trivia: Inspired and based on the Disney theme park ride of the same name
Other films scheduled to be coming out in 2015 include: Ant Man, Pixars Inside Out, Pitch Perfect 2, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II, Spongebob Squarepants 2, Fantastic Four Reboot, Ted 2, Assassin’s Creed and Kung Fu Panda 3.
By Luke Pollard for Film-Reviews.net
Biggest blockbusters of 2015
18th Sept 2013