2017 is Already Looking Like an Amazing Year for Geek Movies
The Lego Batman Movie - February 10
Will Arnett's Lego Batman was the breakout character of The Lego Movie, and now he's getting his very own spin-off, populated with all of your favorite characters from Gotham. Arnett will reprise his role as Batman, Michael Cera will play Robin, Rosario Dawson will play Batgirl, Ralph Feinnes will play Alfred, and Zach Galifianakis will voice the Joker. Mariah Carey is also in talks to play the mayor of Gotham City, weirdly. The movie also has several exciting creative minds behind it, as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies writer Seth Grahame-Smith is penning the script, while Lego Movie co-director of animation Chris McKay is set to direct.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure - February 17
The Maze Runner trilogy comes to an end as Thomas and his friends face the Ratman and try to help find a cure to the deadly Flare disease. We're not particularly excited about this paint-by-numbers franchise, but it does get credit for being the only dystopian YA series not to turn the third book into two movies. (But then again, they have a prequel to work with.)
God Particle - February 24
None other than J.J. Abrams is producing this small sci-fi film that follows a team of astronauts after they have an accident with a particle accelerator and find that Earth has disappeared altogether. Woops.
Wolverine 3 - March 3
Hugh Jackman returns for his final foray as Wolverine (although we'll still keep our fingers crossed for a Deadpool 2 cameo) in an R-rated sequel that will adapt the classic comics storyline, "Old Man Logan."
Kong: Skull Island - March 10
Everyone wants to be in the cinematic universe business now, and Legendary is getting in on it with Kong: Skull Island, a King Kong reboot and the second installment in a King Kong/Godzilla/miscellaneous-big-monsters universe. I don't know if we need a King Kong reboot this quickly, but the acting talent is nothing to sneeze at, as the film has the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson, and John C. Reilly on board.
Power Rangers - March 24
The classic children's show gets a live-action reboot with the writers of Thor and X-Men: First Class and the director of Project Almanac. It will likely never live up to Joseph Kahn's awesome NSFW short, Power/Rangers, but now that Elizabeth Banks has been cast as Rita Repulsa, it should be worth watching.
Ghost in the Shell - March 31
Ghost in the Shell, the adaptation of the popular manga and anime franchise, comes from Snow White and the Huntsman's Rupert Sanders and stars Scarlett Johansson, who, after Black Widow and Lucy, has more than proved that she can anchor action movies.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - May 5
This is a big year for Marvel, with Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange, but 2017 is going to be a monster for the MCU, starting with the highly anticipated sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, which is arguably the best MCU movie so far. James Gunn will once again direct (and once again got the rights to all of his first-choice songs for the soundtrack), and the team will add two new members: Mantis, played by Pom Klementieff, and an unknown character played by Elizabeth Debicki. Kurt Russell also joined the cast in a "mystery role," which is heavily rumored to be Star Lord's father.
World War Z sequel - June 9
After a troubled production, World War Z went on to become a huge box office (and moderate critical) success, so its sequel has been long in the making. Brad Pitt is set to return as former UN investigator Gerry Lane, while Steven Knight, best known for penning the screenplay to the critically acclaimed 2007 film Eastern Promises, is writing the script.
The Divergent Series: Ascendant - June 9
Honestly, we have no idea where this series is going. After an underwhelming first film and a ludicrously incoherent sequel (that wildly deviated from the mythology of the books), the third book in the Divergent novel series is being divided into this year's Allegiant and next year's Ascendant. The first movie was a good guilty pleasure, but we won't be sad when this series is over.
Kingsman 2 - June 16
Kingsman was an unexpected, silly success, and although we're sad that Colin Firth won't be returning in some completely far-fetched fashion, we're still on board for the sequel, especially now that Julianne Moore is in talks to play the new villain.
Wonder Woman - June 23
Whoever thought DC would beat Marvel to the first female-led mainstream superhero movie? Starring Gal Godot as Diana Prince and Chris Pine as her damsel-in-distress love interest, Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman will take place during World War I and will be directed by Monster helmer Patty Jenkins.
Transformers 5 - June 23
Like it or not, we're getting a lot more Transformers in the next few years, thanks to the writers' room headed by Akiva Goldsman and lots of talk about a cinematic universe with other Hasbro properties. Plot details for Transformers 5 are unknown, but will probably involve robots fighting each other, and will be followed by a "low-budget" Bumblebee solo movie.
Spider-Man reboot - July 7
After Spider-Man's highly anticipated introduction to the MCU in Captain America: Civil War, he will get his own solo movie next year. I liked Andrew Garfield's interpretation, but the Amazing Spider-Man films didn't do him or the character any justice, so hopefully Marvel and Tom Holland will get the character right.
War for the Planet of the Apes - July 14
Clunky titles aside, we've greatly enjoyed the reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise, and War for the Planet of the Apes promises the long-awaited escalation of the conflict we all knew was coming. Andy Serkis will reprise his highly acclaimed role as the ape leader Caesar, and will be joined by fellow motion capture actor Judy Greer and human actor Woody Harrelson.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets - July 21
Based on the classic French science fiction comic series, Valerian and Laureline, the latest film from Leon the Professional and The Fifth Element director Luc Besson stars Dane Dehaan and Cara Delevingne as two spatio-temporal agents who travel through space and time to protect the interests of the human species.
Alien: Covenant - October 6
Remember when we were still pretending this was a Prometheus sequel? That's pretty much been abandoned, between the title change and the elimination of the entire cast except for Michael Fassbender. Ridley Scott will return to direct the film, which will take place ten years after the events of Prometheus and will explore the Engineers' planet, Paradise.
Thor: Ragnarok - November 3
Thor: The Dark World was a huge disappointment, but Ragnarok already looks to be much better. Mark Ruffalo's Hulk is joining Thor in what has been described as a "road movie," with hints of Midnight Run, and Cate Blanchett is reportedly playing the main villain, Hela.
Justice League Part One - November 17
Justice League is now set to begin production in April, which is sooner than any of us thought, and seems to be on track to come out in 2017. DC's answer to Avengers will feature Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Godot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and a yet-to-be-revealed actor as Green Lantern (or Green Lanterns?).
Star Wars Episode VIII - December 15
Who are Rey's parents? What has Luke Skywalker been doing on that island all these years? Did Kylo Ren spend his adolescence listening to Evanescence in his basement? There are many questions we want answered in Episode VIII, but one question we won't be asking is which movie will be the highest-grossing movie of 2017.
The Six Billion Dollar Man - December 22
The classic sci-fi television series from the 70s is getting the reboot treatment, with Mark Wahlberg starring as a military officer who is brought back to life after a horrible accident with bionic parts that give him extraordinary abilities.
Gambit - TBA
Gambit's production has been notoriously troubled, languishing in development hell for years and losing directors left and right. But Channing Tatum has stuck with the project through all of it, and if there's anything we learned from Deadpool, it's not to underestimate a talented actor's passion project.
Blade Runner 2 - January 12, 2018
The long-awaited sequel to Blade Runner technically opens wide in 2018, but we're assuming that the limited release will come out in December, because there's no other reason to release such a high-profile, prestigious blockbuster in January. The sequel stars a returning Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, as well as Ryan Gosling in a starring, as-yet-unnamed role. Ridley Scott is returning to produce and Denis Villeneuve, best known for Prisoners and Sicario, is directing.