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10.16.2015by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Comic Book Adaptations Coming in 2016

With AGE OF ULTRON and ANT-MAN behind us and STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS on the horizon, 2015 is wrapping up a bit more underwhelmingly than anticipated a year ago. But, 2016 is already promising to be one hell of a year for comic book fans. With more than 10 major genre films, many based on comic books, and some exciting small screen properties as well. Here is our ranking in order of how excited we are for each. If you disagree or your favorite didn't make the cut, feel free to let us know in the talk backs below.

#10 - TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2

While I may be in the minority of those who enjoyed the 2014 reboot, next year's sequel looks to bring in more of the fan favorite elements from the classic animated series. Bebop and Rocksteady may not instill confidence in audiences, but a change in directors could be just what this franchise needs to win back those on the fence.

#9 - GAMBIT

It may still be an unknown if this movie is actually going to happen, but the plan is still for it to hit theaters in 2016. When and if it happens, GAMBIT will finally bring the popular X-Man to life in his own solo film. Channing Tatum may not be the ideal Gambit for a lot of fans but I am reserving judgement until the rest of the cast and crew get rounded out.

#8 - Daredevil (Season 2)

Marvel took massive strides with their small screen efforts thanks to their partnership with Netflix. Daredevil brought us the darkest MCU character study yet and kept up the quality over thirteen episodes, kickstarting the Defenders end game. Whether Jessica Jones lives up to Daredevil later this year, next year's second season promises Elektra and The Punisher which makes it must see viewing.

#7 -Preacher

This DC/Vertigo comic has had a long journey to the big screen but it is the small screen home of Breaking Bad and Mad Men that will finally show us the adventures of Jesse Custer. Seth Rogen and AMC will bring the first season of Preacher next year and if it sticks close to the source material, this could be the next Walking Dead.

#6 - X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

Those excited about Bryan Singer's follow-up to X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST were quickly deflated when they realized how Apocalypse would look on screen. We have yet to see the final cut of the trailer, many are still anxious as to whether this will live up to the synopsis. With a cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy returning alongside new additions Olivia Munn as Psylocke and Oscar Isaac as the titular villain, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE could close out the reboot trilogy with a bang.

#5 - SUICIDE SQUAD

David Ayer is going to try something very different for DC Comics with SUICIDE SQUAD. Not only is he going to try and launch a comic book team based on less known characters (like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) but he is also going to try and take a different approach to an iconic Batman villain (like THE DARK KNIGHT) all while launching the next step of a Cinematic Universe (like THE AVENGERS). Okay, so SUICIDE SQUAD isn't that different from other comic book movies, but it does look pretty damn cool.

#4 - DOCTOR STRANGE

Scott Derrickson's mystical Marvel movie has yet to show us any glimpses of star Benedict Cumberbatch or his supporting roster that includes Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, or Chiwetel Ejiofor. But, with a release date just over a year away, we are still crossing our fingers that the Sorceror Supreme will bring a new leading man to the MCU that could hold his own alongside Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans.

#3 - CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

Marvel Studios has a very ambitious slate of films coming in Phase Three and it all kicks off with CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. Less a solo film for Cap but rather an ensemble film that will divide the Avengers while also introducing us to both Black Panther and Spider-man, this movie has all of the makings of the biggest MCU movie that doesn't start with an A. Here's hoping The Russos deliver a movie as strong as THE WINTER SOLDIER.

#2 - DEADPOOL

Ryan Reynolds' passion project has been a long time coming and the footage debuted at Comic Con already has cemented the R-rated orgy of violence required to pull off the Merc with a Mouth. There is no memory of X-MEN: ORIGINS lingering after seeing the DEADPOOL trailer and if the movie can live up to this tease, we are all going to be talking about this movie for a long time to come. Chimichangas!

#1 - BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

Haters are gonna hate Zack Snyder no matter what he does. But, that doesn't mean the prospect of DC Comics two biggest heroes facing off before teaming up isn't going to pack audiences into theaters. The promise of seeing Wonder Woman and Aquaman on the big screen for the first time is just frosting on the cake. Capitalizing on the controversial destruction in MAN OF STEEL and turning it into an epic new chapter in DC's Cinematic Universe makes this movie our most anticipated of 2016.

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1:31AM on 10/21/2015

Civil War

As a long-time DC Comics fan who never really had much interest in Marvel, it feels strange to say that I'm anticipating Captain America: Civil War way more than BvS. I was not a fan of Man of Steel and while I don't think its the worst superhero (or even the worst Superman) movie ever, it was a total let down for me. I wasn't at all impressed with the BvS trailer aside from the few shots of Wonder Woman. If anything motivates me to see that movie it will be getting to see WW in live-action
As a long-time DC Comics fan who never really had much interest in Marvel, it feels strange to say that I'm anticipating Captain America: Civil War way more than BvS. I was not a fan of Man of Steel and while I don't think its the worst superhero (or even the worst Superman) movie ever, it was a total let down for me. I wasn't at all impressed with the BvS trailer aside from the few shots of Wonder Woman. If anything motivates me to see that movie it will be getting to see WW in live-action but I'm afraid of what Snyder and company will do to the character.
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5:52AM on 10/17/2015

Donatello?

Is Donatello missing from the photo because of his recent death in the comic books?... errr, I mean SPOILER!!!...
Is Donatello missing from the photo because of his recent death in the comic books?... errr, I mean SPOILER!!!...
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8:39PM on 10/16/2015
In order of excitement.

1. Batman V Superman (It looks like everything I could want and possibly one of the best comic book films ever)

2. Suicide Squad

3. Daredevil Season 2

4. Deadpool

5. X-Men Apocalypse

6. Preacher

7. Dr. Strange

8. Civil War (maybe it'll change when I see a trailer but I'm just not that excited for it yet)

In order of excitement.

1. Batman V Superman (It looks like everything I could want and possibly one of the best comic book films ever)

2. Suicide Squad

3. Daredevil Season 2

4. Deadpool

5. X-Men Apocalypse

6. Preacher

7. Dr. Strange

8. Civil War (maybe it'll change when I see a trailer but I'm just not that excited for it yet)

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6:17PM on 10/16/2015

This list is all kinds of wack

Should be: 1. Civil War 2. B v S. 3. Jessica Jones 4. X-men 5. Daredevil 6. Deadpool 7. Dr. Strange 8. WarCraft (it's as much a comic as TMNT) 9. Suicide Squad 10. Black Panther. I realize Jessica Jones comes out next month but still worth mentioning.
Should be: 1. Civil War 2. B v S. 3. Jessica Jones 4. X-men 5. Daredevil 6. Deadpool 7. Dr. Strange 8. WarCraft (it's as much a comic as TMNT) 9. Suicide Squad 10. Black Panther. I realize Jessica Jones comes out next month but still worth mentioning.
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10:38AM on 10/16/2015
Pumped to see Leto's version of the Joker.
Pumped to see Leto's version of the Joker.
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10:37AM on 10/16/2015
Can't wait.
Can't wait.
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10:33AM on 10/16/2015
Personally, I would have put Deadpool at #1 as I am most excited for Deadpool and technically it is the first of the Genre coming out next year.
I do have high hopes for for Bats vs Supes but I am also more excited for Civil War. At the end of the day, a TON of new things a comin'.
I look forward to Daredevil S2 and I hope Jessica Jones pans out and we get a Luke Cage Netflix too. My only disappointment is I will miss Tom Jane as Punisher since now he's obviously no gonna be part of MCU, so
Personally, I would have put Deadpool at #1 as I am most excited for Deadpool and technically it is the first of the Genre coming out next year.
I do have high hopes for for Bats vs Supes but I am also more excited for Civil War. At the end of the day, a TON of new things a comin'.
I look forward to Daredevil S2 and I hope Jessica Jones pans out and we get a Luke Cage Netflix too. My only disappointment is I will miss Tom Jane as Punisher since now he's obviously no gonna be part of MCU, so I hope his replacement is just as good on Daredevil
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8:38AM on 10/16/2015

probably most excited for this

am more of a Marvel guy but think this is an awesome idea for a comic book flick and Ayer is just right for the material. Plus the dark approach DC is going for suits this material in a way that it doesn't with others (cough 'Superman' cough). Also very excited by how Leto is going to tackle Joker.
am more of a Marvel guy but think this is an awesome idea for a comic book flick and Ayer is just right for the material. Plus the dark approach DC is going for suits this material in a way that it doesn't with others (cough 'Superman' cough). Also very excited by how Leto is going to tackle Joker.
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4:18AM on 10/16/2015
It upsets me that there's a movie coming out called BATMAN VS SUPERMAN and not only do I not have high expectations or hopes for it, I'm actively upset about its whole production. I feel like I should be high fiving people in the street with excitement, instead I have yet to see anything worth getting my hopes up.
It upsets me that there's a movie coming out called BATMAN VS SUPERMAN and not only do I not have high expectations or hopes for it, I'm actively upset about its whole production. I feel like I should be high fiving people in the street with excitement, instead I have yet to see anything worth getting my hopes up.
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11:10AM on 10/16/2015
uhh really? I feel very very sorry for you then little man.
uhh really? I feel very very sorry for you then little man.
8:41AM on 10/16/2015
Completely agree.. But who knows? Maybe we'll be surprised.
Completely agree.. But who knows? Maybe we'll be surprised.
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4:16AM on 10/16/2015
For me, this is the most anticipated for next year. Marvel proved they could do dark perfectly, whilst retaining the look, feel and characters of the comics (along with their motivations) it was a pitch perfect example of that studios ability to recognise the appeal of their franchises and do right by them. The perfect antithesis to its (highly enjoyable) more light-hearted fare and a perfect season of television overall.
For me, this is the most anticipated for next year. Marvel proved they could do dark perfectly, whilst retaining the look, feel and characters of the comics (along with their motivations) it was a pitch perfect example of that studios ability to recognise the appeal of their franchises and do right by them. The perfect antithesis to its (highly enjoyable) more light-hearted fare and a perfect season of television overall.
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4:13AM on 10/16/2015
Ninja Turtles doesn't belong on this or any top ten lists whilst Platinum Dunes owns the franchise.
Ninja Turtles doesn't belong on this or any top ten lists whilst Platinum Dunes owns the franchise.
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3:46AM on 10/16/2015

Well!

Thank god for this article telling me about the stuff I know is coming out next year.
Thank god for this article telling me about the stuff I know is coming out next year.
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1:44AM on 10/16/2015

Looks like a great year for comic book franchises.....

You didn't even have Jessica Jones on the list, which I think is MUCH more anticipated than Preacher. I'd put Civil War at #2 (I love Deadpool and all, but if you think it will make more than 15% of Civil War's box office, you're out of your mind). Apocalypse has to be higher as well (since box office success is a direct translation of interest level).
You didn't even have Jessica Jones on the list, which I think is MUCH more anticipated than Preacher. I'd put Civil War at #2 (I love Deadpool and all, but if you think it will make more than 15% of Civil War's box office, you're out of your mind). Apocalypse has to be higher as well (since box office success is a direct translation of interest level).
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8:16PM on 10/16/2015
That's a tough call. BvS is obviously what SHOULD be the most anticipated (since it's probably the two most well known comic characters ever), but you could argue that Batman starting over and Superman (which did about the same as Winter Soldier) isn't as anticipated as the Marvel free-for-all. I think we'll have a better idea after a real BvS trailer and after the first full Winter Soldier trailer.

But BvS is a bigger movie for me personally. Civil War just seems like a rehash of every
That's a tough call. BvS is obviously what SHOULD be the most anticipated (since it's probably the two most well known comic characters ever), but you could argue that Batman starting over and Superman (which did about the same as Winter Soldier) isn't as anticipated as the Marvel free-for-all. I think we'll have a better idea after a real BvS trailer and after the first full Winter Soldier trailer.

But BvS is a bigger movie for me personally. Civil War just seems like a rehash of every X-Men movie plot.
6:10PM on 10/16/2015
I completely agree. Also, how is Daredevil so far down on the list. I think Cap. America Civil War is the most anticipated. Batman v. Superman should be No. 2...or 3.
I completely agree. Also, how is Daredevil so far down on the list. I think Cap. America Civil War is the most anticipated. Batman v. Superman should be No. 2...or 3.

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