hmv.com previews... 2020's Best Movies - Superheroes
Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2020's best movies. We continue today with superheroes...
Wonder Woman 1984
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal, Kristen Wiig, Connie Britton
Director: Patty Jenkins
Release date: June 5th
After decades and decades of development struggle to bring Wonder Woman to the big screen, Warner Brothers hit the jackpot with Gal Gadot in 2017, earning over $820 million at the box office in the process.
The sequel moves the action from the dog days of World War I and into 1984.
This time, Gadot's Diana Prince goes up against two foes, Pascal's Maxwell Lord, a businessman and entrepreneur who is famous for TV infomercials, and Wiig's Cheetah, a rich heiress who through an ancient ritual acquires supernatural feline powers.
The film is set in 1984 and also sees the return of Pine's Steve Trevor, Prince's love interest who was presumed to have died during the events of the first film.
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Kit Harrington
Director: Chloe Zhao
Release date: November 6th
2020 will be a quieter year for Marvel, with just two films on the slate. But the first, The Eternals, is a true epic.
This story spans 700 years and chronicles the lives of The Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilisations.
We follow their journey and their mission to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants.
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz
Director: Cate Shortland
Release date: May 1st
Marvel’s other offering in 2020 is a character we’re a lot more familiar with, a solo outing for Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow.
Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, the film finds Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff alone and suddenly forced to confront her past.
Birds Of Prey
Starring: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winestead, Ewan McGregor, Rosie Perez, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco
Director: Cathy Yan
Release date: February 7th
Or, to give it it's full title, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).
After her breakout success in Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn headlines this new spin-off.
This film sees her teaming up with three other female superheroes, Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya, to rescue a little girl from a crime lord named Black Mask. It is set after the events of Suicide Squad.
Starring: Jared Leto, Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, Jared Harris, Tyrese Gibson
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Release date: July 31st
Jared Leto headlines this new blockbuster about a super-powered Vampire.
Leto plays Michael Morbius, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who tries to cure a rare blood disease using an experimental treatment that combines electroshock therapy and vampire bats.
Sadly, things don't exactly work out and Morbius gains a taste for human blood. As well as this, he can fly, has superhuman strength and healing capabilities. When he bites victims and drinks their blood, his attacks can prove lethal, but when bitten by him, his victims do not become vampires.
That taste puts him in the FBI’s sights and he’s forced to take to the shadows.
Starring: Henry Golding, Andrew Koji, Iko Uwais, Úrsula Corberó, Samara Weaving
Director: Robert Schwentke
Release date: October 16th
Crazy Rich Asians and Last Christmas star Henry Golding headlines this new G.I Joe spin-off, which follows Snake Eyes, a silent assassin, who is always dressed in all black.
The film will follow Snake Eyes as he seeks revenge for his father’s death by joining a ninja clan, where he learns incredible skills, and, in the process, finds closure.
Starring: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Reid Scott, Naomie Harris, Stephen Graham
Director: Andy Serkis
Release date: October 2nd
After producing more than $850 million in box office receipts, it’s no surprise that we’re getting a sequel to Venom in 2020.
Venom starred Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a journalist who begins looking into the work of Carlton Drake and his company The Life Foundation, who he believes are experimenting on humans.
Through an accident at the foundation, Brock becomes bonded with an alien symbiote. The symbiote needs a human host to survive, who, in return, vests its victim with incredible powers...
This time, Brock has two new foes. Shriek, a drug dealer who becomes exposed to something that allowed her latent mutant powers, and serial killer Cletus Kasaday, the human host for the even more dangerous creature known as Carnage.
Sonic The Hedgehog
Starring: Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter
Director: Jeff Fowler
Release date: February 14th
The beloved video game star makes his big screen bow in 2020.
Sonic is an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog from another world, who comes to Earth to escape villains seeking to harness his power of super-speed.
After accidentally causing a massive power outage while hiding out in the town of Green Hills, Montana, he is targeted by the government who hire the malevolent roboticist Dr. Robotnik to hunt him down…
The New Mutants
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, Alice Braga
Director: Josh Boone
Release date: April 3rd
Heavily delayed, will we finally get to see this horror-influenced X-Men spin-off in 2020?
It was originally due in early 2018, then late 2018, then mid-2019 and now April in 2020.
In The New Mutants, we follow five young mutants, all of whom are just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will.
Together they will fight to escape their past sins and save themselves...
Starring: Vin Diesel, Sam Heughan, Guy Pearce, Lamorne Morris, Eiza González, Toby Kebbell
Director: Dave Wilson
Release date: February 20th
Vin Diesel leads this gun-toating new blockbuster.
The film tells the story of Diesel's Ray Garrison, a soldier who has been killed, who is re-animated with superpowers. Among those powers are regeneration and the ability to shape-shift. He can also mind-meld with most computers.
Initially, as he trains with fellow super-soldiers, Ray cannot recall anything from his former life. But when his memories flood back and he remembers the man that killed both him and his wife, he breaks out of the facility hellbent on revenge...