Best Superhero films of 2015- Updated with new "Avengers 2" trailer

Introduction

Another year is almost over, and it's time to do another series on the best films coming out in the following year. Before we get started, I would like to apologize to all my readers for failing to keep track with the updates every year, and I know I failed to publish all the preview hubs for each genre of film like I was hoping for. I do hope you all will forgive me. Although these previews are fairly easy to do, they're also very tedious and time consuming as well.

However, I do promise that I'll try to publish all the preview hubs before the end of year. For those of you that are new these hubs, every year I do a series of preview hubs for each of the main movie genres for fans to see. Sadly not all these previews will have movie posters or trailers yet. However, I will try to add them as soon as they become available.

During each of these previews, I'll be listing the writing, directorial and acting credits; along with their perspective release dates.

Sadly, unlike 2014, there wasn't a lot of superhero films that I could find that are coming out next year in 2015. Therefore, I could only list three films on this preview list. If I do find out about another superhero movie that's coming out in 2015, then I'll definitely add it to this preview list once it becomes available. However, I can't make any guarantees on that.

However, from looking at next year's line up, it looks like we have interesting set of films. Fox plans on releasing a reboot of their "Fantastic Four" franchise that may or may not be connected to the "X-Men" cinematic universe. Although there's been a lot of controversy over the casting of the film, but it does feature a talented fairly unknown director in Josh Trank, who's already shown with "Chronicle" that he knows how to make a good movie within the superhero genre.

Marvel Studios is pushing out it's biggest cash cow franchise with "Avengers: Age of Ultron", as it was expected. However, it also seems like they're taking a bit of a gamble next year on a fairly unknown character like "Ant-Man." For those of you who don't know who that is, he's essentially a superhero that has the ability to change his size to grow as big as a twenty foot giant to being as small as an ant. Plus, since he's called Ant-Man, he can talk to ants.

I know based on that summary of who Ant-Man is, many people might think he sounds like a lame character. However, Marvel Studios did prove earlier this year that they know to make a fairly unknown comic book property like "Guardians of the Galaxy" into a huge box office success. Therefore, I think it's safe to say if any studio can make the "Ant-Man" gamble pay off, then it's definitely Marvel Studios.

Also, I am working my "Best Science Fiction Films of 2015" and "Best Fantasy Films of 2015" as well, so you can expect me to add the links on this hub whenever they get published.

Please keep in mind that release dates are subject to change, so be sure to check your local listings before you head out to each theater. Anyway, without further delay, let's get on with the show.


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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Director: Joss Whedon

Writers: Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie Smulders, Hayley Atwell, Thomas Kretschmann, Paul Bettany, Stellan Skarsgård, Stan Lee, Don Cheadle

Voice Cast: James Spader, Lou Ferrigno

Synopsis: When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to The Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.

Release Date: May 1, 2015

Ant-Man

Director: Peyton Reed

Writers: Andrew Barrer, Adam McKay, Gabriel Ferrari, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

Cast: Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Steven Wiig, Etienne Vick, Adam Reeser, Steve Warky Nunez, Thomas Dalby, Bobby Ysip, Sean Boncato

Synopsis: A scientist enlists a thief to safeguard his size-changing technology, and also to create a superhero who will defend the world.

Release Date: July 17, 2015

The Fantastic Four

Director: Josh Trank

Writers: Simon Kinberg, Josh Trank, T.S. Nowlin, Jeremy Slater, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

Cast: Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Michael B. Jordan, Tim Blake Nelson, Reg E. Cathey, Owen Judge, Jodi Lyn Brockton, Mike R. Moreau, Lance E. Nichols, John L. Armijo, Don Yesso, Han Soto, Anthony Reynolds, Jaylen Moore

Synopsis: A reboot of the Marvel property centered on four astronauts who gain superpowers after cosmic radiation exposure.

Release Date: August 7, 2015

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Nickalooch 24 months ago from Columbia, MD

Which of the three are you looking forward to the most? Tough question I am sure lol.

Hope you are doing well buddy


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Stevennix2001 23 months ago Author

I'm doing okay thanks. I hope you are as well. It's almost a crying shame "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" was pushed back another year because next year seems pretty slim for superhero films in general. Although that "Fantastic four" movie is looking mighty damn good.

Oh wait, there's that small little film called the avengers age of ultron coming out. I haven't heard much about it, but you think that'll be any good? lol. J/K

All kidding aside though, I think Avengers 2 is going to own 2015 at the box office next year if you ask me. The only other film that might challenge it is Star Wars, but even that might not beat it because it's been years since Star Wars has been culturally relevant. Plus, the last time we saw a new star wars film series, it wasn't exactly met with open arms.


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Nickalooch 23 months ago from Columbia, MD

Im alright. my knee is close to better but im still not walking yet. getting close to a year sadly lol.

I do think Avengers will win it next year but don't underestimate Star Wars. With JJ Abrams in tow I wouldn't be surprised if it nips at Avengers heels.


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Stevennix2001 23 months ago Author

Well to be fair, I'm not saying that Star Wars is going to bomb or anything, as only an idiot would say that. I just think Avengers 2 has more hype going for it right now, which is why I tend to think that'll end up owning 2015 at the box office.

I do agree with you that Star Wars will probably be a very close second, along with the last Hunger Games film.

Edit: I'm glad to hear your knees are getting better, but I'm sorry to hear you can't walk yet. Well hopefully you'll be walking again fairly soon. At least, you're still alive, as it could always be worse.


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ironangel89 23 months ago from United States

Age of Ultron. I'm iffy about Ant-Man. I have no interest in Fantastic Four.


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Nickalooch 23 months ago from Columbia, MD

Yeah I hear you bud. As for my health, yeah it is. It's given me a lot of time to write though that is for sure. Not so much on here but other stuff like for my novel and webseries


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Stevennix2001 23 months ago Author

@Ironangel

No interest in the Fantastic Four film? Hmm, you may not be alone in that way of thinking because there doesn't seem to be a lot of buzz surrounding the movie. Granted, Fox has been very secretive about it, but even with the little tidbits they do give us so far, it seems like hardly anyone really raves about it whenever Fox releases something official about the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.

As for Ant Man, I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt right now. The way I see it. If Marvel can make "Guardians of the Galaxy" work on the big screen, then I'm pretty confident they could literally make anything a hit at the box office. Hell, they could probably reboot "howard the duck" at this point, and I'll bet people would line up to see it just because Marvel happens to be making it.

However, I'm with you on Avengers 2. I think that one is going to be awesome. I'm just hoping the story isn't too convoluted with the introduction of so many new characters, but we'll see. Anyways, thanks for stopping by Ironangel.

@Nickalooch

That's cool. Well at least you have something to keep your mind busy, while you recover. How is your novel going anyway?


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Nickalooch 23 months ago from Columbia, MD

Which novel? lol. I am currently working on three actually. One was just something I started one of the times I was hospitalized. It's kind of just for myself though, helped me put things into perspective though too, but who knows maybe i'll make it into something some day. It was just a book about everything I have overcome in life and how I don't feel like a normal 25 year old at all because of it all.

Second one is the horror novel which I have posted a little of on here.

The third is a newer one that I just started about a serial killer. I posted a little bit of it on here


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Stevennix2001 23 months ago Author

Well how are all three doing then? I didn't realize you were working on more than one novel. That sounds interesting. To be honest, I do envy you and carl the critic sometimes because you both can not only write great reviews, but you both are aspiring filmmakers.

i remember back when I was a kid, I used to dream about becoming the next stan lee or something, where I would end up creating all these great characters. Sadly, most of my ideas kind of sucked, and they were mostly derivative rip offs of other characters that I finally gave up on that dream when I was 18 i believe.

Although one friend of mine recently said that maybe I could be better at continuing stories rather than conjuring up new ones. Like I told him exactly what I think the new Man of Steel 2 and Justice League should be about if it were up to me, and he loved it. Although he keeps me persisting that I should get back on that dream again, i kind of blew it off. As I told him, he never read any of my stories, and conjuring up an idea is a lot different than actually putting it into practice if you know what i mean. Besides, I already gave up on that dream ages ago, when I finally came to the realization that maybe i wasn't any good at being creative to begin with.

Besides, it's a lot more fun to watch what others have to create, but it's also one of the reasons why even though I try to like all genres of films, that the superhero and science fiction genre has always had kind of a nostalgia factor for me. Not just because i was a comic book fan growing up, but mostly because it reminds me of an old dream I used to have ages ago. I still do sketches every once in a while, but that's only for fun though. I don't really do those for money or anything. Besides, I doubt I'd get much for them anyway. lol.


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Nickalooch 23 months ago from Columbia, MD

I am writing all three while still working on other projects like the webseries too. But I have the time because I really haven't been able to get out of the house this entire year. I have always had the ideas but now I have the time to actually sit and focus on them.

I gotcha, and I know what that is like. I know I am my worst critic which can be a good and bad thing all at once.

What's funny though is how most of my friends do not allow me to talk to them about comic book movies anymore. A majority of my predictions for these movies, including the Phase three announcements I have been right about. Over a year ago I told a friend of mine that I think Chadwick Boseman will be Black Panther. I think I even wrote an article about it awhile ago, and wouldn't you know. He is Black Panther. it has gotten to the point where my friends are wondering if I am secretly working with Marvel. lol. As far as I am concerned, with my predictions, it is just a matter of understanding the business and their patterns in a way.

As for your writing, it could be a nice little side project for you. I'd never tell anyone to stop writing. It could even be something for you just to escape every day life. Make short stories than somewhere down the line make them into a book of short stories. I have started that as well with short horror stories I have been writing from time to time too.


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Stevennix2001 22 months ago Author

lol. I can see how that might be a problem with your friends. No offense to you of course, as I'm pretty sure they just want to avoid spoilers, as most of your predictions do seem to come true for some reason. Do you have an inside source at marvel?

As far as writing goes, I'm still debating about it to be honest. I know my mom wants me to write some sort of autobiography about her life, as she feels I would be great at it, since I'm a writer on here. I just told her that writing a review is not quite the same thing as doing a biography. Those are two different things, but I'm contemplating it right now.

As far as the short stories go, that's actually an interesting idea. I'll probably consider it, but I doubt it'll be anytime soon.


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Nickalooch 22 months ago from Columbia, MD

No, I don't have an inside source. lol. I guess it's just really educated guesses.


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Stevennix2001 22 months ago Author

lol. fair enough. what do you think about the DC movie castings so far?


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Nickalooch 22 months ago from Columbia, MD

I doubt you watch Arrow/Flash on CW but the Flash on TV is really good. The main actor on Arrow even came out recently saying that DC's movie casting and general way of business has seemed a bit "scatter-brained." Which i would agree with. Ezra Miller I think is a up and coming actor but is completely wrong for the Flash. Ray Fisher as Cyborg, impossible to say right now. Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck, I am honestly kind of excited to see. I don't have a problem with Gadot really, I do think she is a bit fraile I guess would be the word for the role but I do appreciate that the casting department didn't worry so much about filling the bust size for the role and making her out to be a sex symbol more than a fully realized character. Affleck I think could be a really good Bruce Wayne, his Batman, I will wait to see. The big one I am a big skeptic of is Jesse Eisenberg. From Social Network, I guess he could play a young enigmatic Lex Luthor. But. I'm not really a fan of it.


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Stevennix2001 22 months ago Author

Your right. I don't watch any of those shows. Heck, I don't even watch Marvel's "Agents of Shield" either. lol. Although people keep saying that I should, but I never do.

Although I haven't found too many sources saying this officially, but I have a feeling that WB and DC are planning to keep the TV and movie properties separate from each other if you ask me; which is smarter because it'll allow more creative freedom on both sides. However, i could be dead wrong about that, but that's how it seems like to me.

As far as scatter brain casting from DC goes, I think you might have a point. I'm not exactly sold on Eisenberg either as Lex Luthor, but I'm willing to give him a chance. As far as how Ben Affleck goes, I have a feeling he's probably going to end up being the best live action version of batman to date once the film comes out. i could be dead wrong about that, but that's what my gut feeling is telling me.

Nothing against Christian Bale, who's arguably the best live action version of Bruce Wayne/Batman that we've gotten so far, but there were certain aspects to the character that I felt were missing from the Nolan trilogy. Granted, it wasn't his fault for how his character was written, but I never really bought into Bale's Bruce Wayne being the world's greatest detective in those films. Therefore, that's one aspect that I think Affleck could probably bring to the table.

Plus, we still haven't gotten a legitimate look at how Batman interacts with his young wards like any of the Robins. Since they're going by the logic that batman has been secretly around for years schtick, then that does leave a good possibility open for the next solo batman film. Like, they can always establish Nightwing right away, and say how he used to train under Batman. Hell, they can even say that part of the reason why Batman was retired from crime fighting before Superman showed up was because one of the Robin's died or something.

In fact, you can even make that become the focus of the new Batman solo flick starring Affleck. You can make it based off the "Red Hood" story arc. After Jason Todd hears about Batman's exploits with Superman, he can decide to come out from hiding as the Red Hood; which would put him at odds with Batman, as they can easily say maybe Jason Todd felt betrayed by Batman because he couldn't save him from the Joker. I think that could be a possibility.

Let's face it. Fans have been clamoring for years to see a legitimate non campy version of the dynamic duo, but it's kind of hard to do considering that no sane person would drag a minor with him to take on organized crime and psychos.

However, with the whole Batman being already established as a seasoned crime fighter that comes out of retirement, then they can always introduce the Robins and Batgirl; while handling the origins with them via montage and/or flashbacks. That might work, and it would show an aspect to Batman's character that we've never seen before on the big screen. Maybe I'm over estimating Ben's abilities, but I think he has the potential to be the best batman we've seen so far.

Nothing against bale, but it's not like he was damn near perfect as the character like Heath Ledger was for the Joker. Now, whoever plays the Joker again is really going to have his hand's full because anyone else is going to seem lame by comparison.

As for Gal Gadot, I still think that was a miscast. From what I can remember about her in the "Fast and furious" films, she was OKAY, but she wasn't great as an actress.

I'm not really worried about Gal's appearance, as that can always be fixed. Hell, your a filmmaker, so I'm sure you probably know what I'm talking about. I mean they can always have her put on boots with high inserts to increase her height. Not to mention trick photography can make her look taller. Plus, I'm sure Zack will have her train like crazy for the part. As far as her boobs go, they can always have her stuff her bra and/or put on a wonder bra, and boom! Problem solved. I'm not worried about her looks, as it's her acting ability that worries me. I'm not sure she can carry her own movie, but we'll see.


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Nickalooch 22 months ago from Columbia, MD

I agree on Affleck and Gadot, albeit you made me laugh pretty good there about Gadot lol. As for Nolan's Batman, that was his own separate kind of story telling, yes it took from the Batman comics pretty heavily but I never truly got the sense that they really got the batman character down correctly.

As for Affleck, from the sounds of it I think it'll actually be grittier. Goyer as the screenplay still kind of worries me though, albeit I really liked Man of Steel.

As for the DC TV properties, they are indeed completely separated. Stephen Amell, star of Arrow, continues to tell the press he and his tv-verse is not a part of the Justice League as he and Geoff Johns have had those conversations and his version of Green Arrow is not a part of that bigger cinematic universe. Secondly, his version of Green Arrow functions a bit more as a Batman. Which doesn't fit. He even admitted that the Green Arrow we will eventually see on film will be more like his comic book counterpart instead of a brooding vigiliante. As for Grant Gustin, it is really impressive how they took this no name and made him into one of the best, granted there isn't a lot of sample space on this, but one of the best Flash live action versions I have seen.


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ironangel89 22 months ago from United States

I wouldn't be too worried about Goyer's screenplay since Chris Terrio is doing rewrites on it and stuff and we all know how he is as a writer lol

I agree that Nolan's Batman was different, I wouldn't say that Batman wasn't done correctly, he just wasn't done comic-bookish. But it worked for the story Nolan was telling (which I feel like you were saying anyways) I just felt the need to highlight that.

I am glad that Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin remain separate just because it's harder for general audiences to get invested into something when you have televised "homework" to watch just to understand what's happening in a movie. Only die-hard fans wish for that sort of thing.

I am worried about Ezra Miller's Flash though.


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Stevennix2001 20 months ago Author

@nickalooch

I never said that I didn't like Bale's batman. If anything, I loved his performance as batman, and I think Nolan's dark knight trilogy is arguably the greatest superhero franchise ever conceived. It was a brilliant masterpiece for what it was. If anything, I still don't get why so many fans b*** and moan about how one of the flaws about the trilogy was because it didn't include the entire dc universe, but that was never Nolan's point. You see this is what angers me about movie fans sometimes. Most people (even most critics) often judge a movie based on what they want to see versus judging it for what it is. Nolan wanted his batman movies to be this self contained story about batman, and how it affects bruce wayne's both mind and body over the years doing what he did, and he carried that out beautifully. Nolan wasn't trying to incorporate it into any cinematic universe, so how the hell should that be a flaw? that makes no sense to me.

I was just pointing out the whole deal with aflleck in that even though Bale did a great job the reality is there's still plenty of room for interpretation.


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Nickalooch 20 months ago from Columbia, MD

No I agree with what you are saying. Nolan and Bale's Batman was a great story. It was. Probably one of the best trilogies of our generation, but my hope is just that Affleck's Batman will be more in line with the comics. Make him a little bit more of a detective and by throwing in the "Bat-Family" that would be great too. However, all this being said, I have my doubts due to the studio behind it

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