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What you need to know about the 7 superhero movies coming in 2016


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In case you didn’t know, superheroes are kind of a big deal in Hollywood these days. In the last few years, men and women in tights and/or capes have brought in big numbers at the box office… and 2016 will most definitely be no different. In fact, this year is set to be one of the biggest the genre has ever seen, with a grand total of seven different movies set to come out.

But what are these titles? When are they coming out? Who is in them? What are they about? For your convenience, we’ve put together this handy little guide that will help you know everything you need to know about the year in superhero films. Enjoy!

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Release Date: February 12th

Director: Tim Miller

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, Gina Carano, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Leslie Uggams, and Stefan Kapicic

What It’s All About: "Deadpool" will be the movie that kicks off the superhero season of 2016, but you really shouldn’t expect it to be your typical superhero film. The violent, psychotic, foul-mouthed titular hero has spent decades providing a very different flavor to the world of Marvel Comics, and now he’s bringing that energy to the big screen – telling an origin story of how the character got his incredible healing powers and takes revenge against the man responsible. This one has been in the works for years, going back to Ryan Reynolds’ turn in X-Men Origins; Wolverine, and fans everywhere hope that the R-rated blockbuster will be deemed "worth the wait."

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"

Release Date: March 25th

Director: Zack Snyder

Cast: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Lawrence Fishburne, and Diane Lane

What It’s All About: DC Comics and Warner Bros. want to compete with Marvel Studios and their cinematic universe, and Zack Snyder’s "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is the project that will hopefully allow them to do that. Both a sequel to "Man of Steel" and its own feature introducing the larger DC Comics world, the blockbuster is a project for which fans have been waiting decades (the Dark Knight and Man of Tomorrow finally together on the big screen!), and with any luck it will raise our expectations for the "Justice League" that will be out in 2017. With any luck the film will deliver on everything we want and paint a bright future for the franchise.

"Captain America: Civil War"

Release Date: May 6th

Director: Joe and Anthony Russo

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Emily VanCamp, Daniel Brühl, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, and Martin Freeman

What It’s All About: Just last year we saw the release of Joss Whedon’s "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," but Marvel Studios is apparently immediately ready to up the stakes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and will do so by having just about all of our favorite heroes clashing in regard to global superhero legislation policies. "Captain America: Civil War" promises to primarily function as a direct sequel to "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" - and that just makes us all the more excited for it, particularly because it brings back the same writers (who also worked on "Captain America: The First Avenger") and directors. Who will win in a battle between Captain America and Iron Man? We will find out in May.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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