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2015 Comic Book Movies: An Optimistic Look at Them

There's a lot of movies coming to theaters this year and, luckily for us, a decent amount of 'em look like they're worth checking out!

2015 is packed with movies we want to see and odds are we're going to spend a crazy amount of money at our local movie theaters. Sure, there's some really tempting non-comic book movies coming out (e.g. Mad Max: Fury Road), but seeing as this is, you know, Comic Vine, we want to focus on the films that are either based on comic books or have a fair amount of comic books based on the franchise. Look, it's easy to jump to conclusions and be skeptical when there's a limited amount of information about a movie (e.g. just a trailer, officially released photos, maybe you're not a fan of the director/cast) and that's understandable, but instead of complaining about what we don't like, we want to say why some of these movies have potential and could be worth watching. Now, we're not saying all of them will be brilliant and mind-blowing, but we do believe they're worth considering for at least a matinee and we're going to tell you why. So, grab a drink (or some popcorn if you want to really embrace the article) and let's talk about 2015's biggest comic book movies.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (January 27)

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You can watch the first movie from the comfort of your home. That's always nice since you don't need to worry about people babbling, making way too much noise as they eat, or looking at their bright cell phones during the movie, right? DC's next animated project, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, is finally going to put Arthur Curry, a.k.a. Aquaman, in the spotlight. It's something many fans have been waiting for, especially since Aquaman was replaced by Billy Batson, a.k.a Captain Marvel/Shazam(!), in Justice League: War. Drawing inspiration from Geoff Johns' very awesome Throne of Atlantis event and more than likely taking elements from his first story arc on The New 52 series as well, this movie will finally show casual fans that Aquaman isn't a joke. It's time to bring an end to that misconception and this movie just may be the way to convince your non-comic reading friends that Arthur Curry is not only a cool character, but also quite a badass. This is looking like it'll have plenty of big action for our eyes to enjoy and hopefully establish a good emotional connection to the hero. When all is said and done, we're hoping this will also tease what they have planned for the next Justice League animated movie. Maybe it'll be Wonder Woman's time to step front and center in the next one? No matter what the future has in store for this new animated universe, it's terrific they're giving Aquaman an entire movie. Here's hoping it'll be well worth the wait. And even if it isn't, at least we know there's at least one scene with giant sharks eating enemies. So, there's always that. Even if this is just okay or even disappointing -- which we're seriously hoping it won't be -- there's always Batman vs. Robin and Justice League: Gods and Monsters (Bruce Timm!) being released later in the year.

Kingsman: The Secret Service (February 13)

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Matthew Vaughn, the director of Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, chose to direct this movie instead of X-Men: Days of Future Past. That's right, he chose to direct this instead of one of 2014's big comic book movies. Why, you ask? Because he wanted to make a "fun spy movie." And you know what? This is looking like it'll be a whole lot of purposefully over-the-top fun. His previous work shows he knows how to develop characters while also dishing out plenty of solid laughs and thrilling action sequences. With this movie -- which is inspired by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons' comic -- it's looking like he has the opportunity to create one hell of an entertaining and smile-inducing movie. In addition to the amusing concept, the movie has Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Michael Caine. So yeah, this is looking like it'll be a pretty good time. Even if the plot doesn't drop our jaws, it seems like the performances and huge amount of fun it offers will counter that.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1)

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Seriously, do we really need to sell you on this one? Okay, The Avengers didn't have the best plot around, but it was still beyond cheer-worthy and an amazing experience. From the sharp banter to the wonderfully directed action scenes (we still adore watching the extended shot that moves from hero to hero in New York), it looks like we're going to get more of the same and a more impactful plot. With this sequel, Joss Whedon knows that expectations have been raised and you can tell they're going all-out with this one. Iron Man in the Hulkbuster armor taking on Hulk will likely be worth the price of a ticket alone, but then we also have to take into account that this movie is going to be huge for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Vision, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are entering the picture and this will build the hype for 2016's Captain America: Civil War. Plus, James Spader is Ultron. How awesome is that? We are absurdly excited for this one and it's looking like we won't be let down.

Jurassic World (June 12)

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Show of hands: who wants to return to Isla Nublar? We're going to assume a good amount of you raised your hands and rightfully so. Many of us grew up with this franchise and it made us even more fascinated with dinosaurs. The opportunity to return to the classic island and get lost in a whole new park (you know, before everything falls apart) is so appealing. There's more than nostalgia working for this one, though. It's looking like it'll focus heavily on horror elements. A deadly hybrid has broken free, so it's basically like "what if a Xenomorph was on Isla Nublar?" There's one moment in the trailer that either had you grinning and excited like a child on Halloween or wanting to flip a table and exclaim something unpleasant: Star-Lord Chris Pratt leading a group of velociraptors. Based on what we've seen, it looks like Pratt's character raised them and has trained them to the point where they'll follow his lead. Is that silly? Yes. Does it have the potential to be insanely fun to witness? Hell yes. It's all a matter of how they handle it and, even if it is worthy of a facepalm, that's only one element in the entire story. For many of us, this is a movie we simply won't be able to resist. The studio knows this and hopefully instead of taking advantage of that and delivering a blatant cash grab, this will be an exciting and memorable edition to the franchise that's full of fan service. Fingers crossed, fellow JP fans. And yes, this is here because there were Jurassic Park comics!

Terminator Genisys (July 1)

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Will this be as good as The Terminator or Terminator 2: Judgment Day? All signs are pointing to no. Will it be silly fun and popcorn entertainment? Probably! So, if you're okay with taking another trip into the robotic, time traveling world of Terminators and watching people attempt to prevent judgment day, this may be the kind of movie where you just have to turn off your brain and enjoy the madness. It's tough to imagine them bringing more substantial material to this instead of making things a little more convoluted, but maybe -- just maybe -- it'll make us eat our words and deliver some thought-provoking twists. We certainly hope so, but right now, it's looking like this will just be a fun way to see some more Terminator madness and spectacle. Besides, it has Arnold back in action and it looks like they're going to have a lot of fun with that. I mean, the trailer has him diving headfirst into a helicopter. If they're revealing that in the trailer, it makes us wonder what other ridiculously enjoyable bits of action they'll save for the feature. Just don't go in expecting this to be a phenomenal addition to the franchise and it's very possible it'll entertain you with eye-pleasing visuals and robotic mayhem. Or at least we hope so!

Ant-Man (July 17)

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Yes, an Ant-Man movie directed by Edgar Wright could have been phenomenal, but there's no point in complaining about what can't be changed. Maybe there's an alternate universe out there that'll enjoy his take on the character? Even if Wright leaving the project and the way it was handled immediately afterwards left a bad taste in your mouth, there's just no denying the simple fact that Marvel Studios sure knows how to make audiences laugh. Sometimes the need to make jokes can get in the way of the tone, but for this movie -- a movie starring the lovable Paul Rudd as Scott Lang -- the focus on big laughs will be perfect. Marvel knows they need to go all-out after probably wowing audiences with Avengers: Age of Ultron, so it would be silly to think they're not giving this one everything they've got. Not only does it have the tough act of being the movie to follow the Avengers' sequel, but it's also introducing viewers to a whole new property; one that many casual fans more than likely don't know very well. When it comes to entertaining audiences and making them laugh, Marvel Studios knows what they're doing. And, considering the creative handling of the Ant-Man test footage, we're anxious to see how they'll make this hero drop our jaws. When you have a God of Thunder and a genius in an advanced armor being put to use in other movies, we're certain they'll do what they can to make Lang's ability to shrink a total blast to witness. Marvel Studios' projects may not always be memorable, but they're well-made and often know how to win over a large range of audiences. We're pretty confident this one will make us smile.

The Fantastic Four (August 7)

Just so you know, this isn't an official banner or part of a poster for the movie. One hasn't been released yet.
Just so you know, this isn't an official banner or part of a poster for the movie. One hasn't been released yet.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the most polarizing part of the list. Clearly, this reboot is taking the franchise in pretty new direction and all of our opinions of it are stemming from unofficial photos and remarks made by the cast and crew. If you go in expecting it to stay extremely true to the source material, it's looking like you simply shouldn't buy a ticket in the first place. But, if you're open to seeing how they'll put a new spin on Marvel's first family, this may be worth a watch. It's tough to say since we haven't had a look at any footage and there isn't even a poster yet (what gives?), but the director certainly has relevant experience. Josh Trank directed a found footage movie called Chronicle. It's about three friends that suddenly gain powers and they learn how to use them. Sounds a bit familiar, yeah? As long as changes are handled well and the focus is on the family dynamic and discovering how to control new abilities, this should have potential. Now we just have to wait and see what the first trailer has to offer.

Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens (December 18)

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Unless you strongly dislike J.J. Abrams (or Star Wars, obviously), there's no way you're going to miss this. One of the biggest franchises is finally returning and it's bringing back some of the original cast! Yeah, the prequel trilogy is disliked by many, but it looks like Abrams is really embracing the mythos and there's so many directions the story can take after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. The first trailer was such a great way to tease us as well. That swooping shot of the Millennium Falcon and TIE Fighters? The X-Wings soaring over the water? Man, it just feels good to return to this franchise and see so many familiar elements back in action but with new twists. The combination of practical effects and CGI is most definitely appreciated (the ball droid, BB-8, is real!) and the trailer is full of shots that have us beyond anxious to see this all play out on the big screen. Some of the movies on this list might be saved for a matinee viewing or we may not race to see them right away, but we're absolutely seeing this one the day it opens. Star Wars is back and it looks awesome.

Which of 2015's comic book movies are you excited to watch?

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Posted By SightlessReality

Out of all of those I'm interested in Ant Man the most.

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Posted By amazing_webhead

I'm psyched for Star Wars, Terminator, the Mummy reboot, and the next Bond movie!

Age of Ultron also looks cool.

But I'm positively dreading Fantastic 4 & Ant-Man.

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Posted By DrF8

Wat the hell are the kingsmen?!?

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Posted By mje360

Can't wait to see Age of Ultron!

I totally don't care about the new Fantastic Four movie, get on with the Deadpool movie already.

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Posted By viin

1-Throne of Atlantis

2-Star Wars

3-Ant-Man or Avengers

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Posted By SilverPool

The Kingsman?

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Only one I can't be optimistic about.

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Posted By WarDishy_

@thecannon: Lol, no idea about Jurassic World or Terminator, but there have been a whole lot of Star Wars comics releases in the past 30 or so years.

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Posted By Radx_Konkin75

I'm actually more excited for Mad Max: Fury Road than anything else.

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Posted By GreenLanternDeadpool

1) Star Wars

2) Avengers: Age of Ultron

.........

Last) FF

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OPTIMISTIC!?!?!?!?

This is Comics Katzman, be as negative as possible right NOW

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Posted By CaptainMarvel4Ever
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Posted By Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

If its a Marvel movie it'll be entertaining even if it isnt good, like Wolverine was. If its a DC movie, it'll put Marvel films out of business.

Lmfao...sure it will.

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Posted By BeaconofStrength

Meh.

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I'm watching everything that's canon to Star Wars just get myself ready for the new movie. Of course, I'm not missing Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, or Terminator.

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Posted By TheBlueAngel93

Oddly enough, and this is a shock to me as well, I'm actually slightly more excited for Ant-Man than Avengers: AoU. Don't get me wrong, I know Avengers will be amazing, but the idea of an ANT-MAN MOVIE? Yeah, I'm freakin' excited for that! xD

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Posted By scavengerFist

@cobramorph: You're joking, right?

@jonny_anonymous: That's cool dude, where did you get that?

Anyways, the films I'm not interested in are Terminator (the canon is muddled up), Kingsmen (but I've heard good stuff already), Throne of Atlantis (maybe download it), and FF (what a sad direction they're going).

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Posted By devinwifi

Avengers Aou

Ant man

Justice League

Star wars

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Posted By greenenvy

I think pretty much everyone will agree that jla a league of one would be the perfect animated justice league feature that pits wonder woman in the center. A good way to trick to peoples minds that its a justice league story but starring wonder woman epicly.

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Posted By Lvenger

Nice reasoning on most of these choices. But I'm sorry but there's just no way Fantastic Four is going to be made appealing to a majority of comic book and FF fans on here and across the Internet. The direction they're going in sounds wrong, the actors aren't really right for their parts and Doctor Doom being retconned into a blogger is a horrible and disrespectful treatment of one of Marvel's best villains.

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Posted By Omega Ray Jay

Star Wars is my number one looked forward to thing this year, Avengers and Ant-man are without question on the list to. Kingsman looks pretty good might check it out on DVD. Not really feeling Terminator and Jurassic World and FF just sounds ludicrous.

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Posted By TDK_1997

I will be seeing all of those except Jurassic World and Kingsman.

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Posted By k4tzm4n

I don't mean to sound rude, but why are some of these films here? It specifically says "2015 comic book movies" in the title, yet several of the ones here don't have anything to do with comics (Star Wars, Jurassic World, & Terminator).

Other than that, nice article.

Jurassic World and Terminator: Genisys count as CBM? Anyway, yeah it seems like it going to be a good year for them.

we want to focus on the films that are either based on comic books or have a fair amount of comic books based on the franchise.

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Posted By MAZAHS117

In terms of big blockbusters, Age of Ultron & Episode VII are all that really matter.

...at least for me

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Posted By IrishX
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron - Going to be a lot of fun kicking off the drive-in theater summer off with this movie. Ultron himself could be sick.
  • Ant-Man - I think this is going to be a really fun and pleasantly surprising film.
  • Star Wars VII - I'm a fan of all the Star Wars films and series in general.
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Posted By Jacthripper

I'm not excited about the FF reboot, Doom is a blogger. WTF!?!?!

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Posted By thecowwasdelirious

Wait, in whats way is Genisys based off a comic books?

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Posted By Comicbookhoarder

Really can't wait for Star Wars and The Avengers. I hope the new FF movie will be better than the last one.

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Posted By Mark_Stephen

I was optimistic for Catwoman, I was optimistic for Batman and Robin, get optimistic and Hollywood will disappoint, be pessimistic and you can be pleasantly surprised.

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@thecowwasdelirious said:

Wait, in whats way is Genisys based off a comic books?

The Terminator franchise has several comic books; this is covered in the intro. It's not saying Terminator or JP or even Star Wars are "comic book movies," but considering they all have a fair number of comics, they can be added to the list.

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Posted By Uncanny_XFactor
@frozen said:

@fallschirmjager said:

get out. we only bitch and moan around here.

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I'll be bitching about this crappy F4 movie. But the other Marvels look great.

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Posted By Fallschirmjager

@lvenger said:

Nice reasoning on most of these choices. But I'm sorry but there's just no way Fantastic Four is going to be made appealing to a majority of comic book and FF fans on here and across the Internet. The direction they're going in sounds wrong, the actors aren't really right for their parts and Doctor Doom being retconned into a blogger is a horrible and disrespectful treatment of one of Marvel's best villains.

hate to break it to you, but considering we amount to maybe 1% of the audience, any movie studio trying to cater to comic fans would be idiots.

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Posted By AwesomePerson

@k4tzm4n: Can we also get a pessimistic look at them...

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@awesomeperson said:

@k4tzm4n: Can we also get a pessimistic look at them...

Sure, look just about anywhere except for the article. I'm sure you'll have no problem finding pessimistic opinions!

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Posted By AwesomePerson

@k4tzm4n: lol okay!

But... It would be really cool to know your pessimistic view on them because on the forums, half of them are trolls...

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Posted By The Impersonator

I'm not sure about The Fantastic Four. That's probably the only one I'm not excited to watch.

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Posted By HashbrownsCV

@lvenger said:

Nice reasoning on most of these choices. But I'm sorry but there's just no way Fantastic Four is going to be made appealing to a majority of comic book and FF fans on here and across the Internet. The direction they're going in sounds wrong, the actors aren't really right for their parts and Doctor Doom being retconned into a blogger is a horrible and disrespectful treatment of one of Marvel's best villains.

hate to break it to you, but considering we amount to maybe 1% of the audience, any movie studio trying to cater to comic fans would be idiots.

You're very much correct, but the changes they're (supposedly) making don't seem much more appealing to a broad audience either. With the shenanigans North Korea has been pulling recently, having the main villain be a vain, megalomaniacal tyrant of an isolated nation would probably click with people's contemporary concerns more than a disaffected programmer.

Now sure, Doom can certainly EMPLOY hackers/bloggers/digital terrorists as his minions, but that doesn't seem to be what they're doing.

It isn't that they're not adhering to a particular story-line or changing a costume, but Fox appears to be abandoning the fundamental premise and tone of the property. I'm not a Fantastic Four fan, don't read it, didn't like the movies, but what I've heard so far about this 2015 film are some of the least appealing ideas I've seen out of a comic book movie since Seth Rogen's destruction of The Green Hornet.

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Posted By Lvenger

@lvenger said:

Nice reasoning on most of these choices. But I'm sorry but there's just no way Fantastic Four is going to be made appealing to a majority of comic book and FF fans on here and across the Internet. The direction they're going in sounds wrong, the actors aren't really right for their parts and Doctor Doom being retconned into a blogger is a horrible and disrespectful treatment of one of Marvel's best villains.

hate to break it to you, but considering we amount to maybe 1% of the audience, any movie studio trying to cater to comic fans would be idiots.

I don't want it to cater to just comic book fans. I want it to at least have some resemblance to the original source material like other comic book movies do. Even the lame previous FF films resembled the comics in some way, their flaws were to do with other factors. This is just plain stupid and sounds like they're purposefully trying to spite Marvel by mistreating their First Family. And being one of the seemingly last FF fans, I don't like it one bit.

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Posted By Guru_Crack

Will watch all of them eventually but granted Jurassic Park can wait for Netflix or something. The rest i'll watch online or buy a DVD for.

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Posted By BlueEcho

I don't really consider Star Wars, Terminator, or Jurassic World to be comic movies.

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Posted By k4tzm4n

@blueecho said:

I don't really consider Star Wars, Terminator, or Jurassic World to be comic movies.

Please read the intro!

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Posted By Deathstroke52

All other than Kingsman

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Posted By batshrine

You forgot the Lego movies!

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Posted By Lvenger

@the_tree: How can you be excited about an obvious train wreck of a movie that the Fantastic Four is shaping up to be?

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