Film audiences are set for a trip down memory lane in 2017 as studios bet on reboots to conquer the box office.
Superheroes will continue to fill the silver screen skies with Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman reuniting for Justice League.
This time, the caped crusader and the man of steel will not be fighting each other, but instead joining Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, The Flash and Aquaman to take on a common enemy.
DC Comics is set to test rival Marvel’s dominance in the box office, with a standalone Wonder Woman film opening just before Justice League and a Suicide Squad spin-off focusing on Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn already in the works.
The comic book giant will face strong competition from Marvel, which has already announced one of its busiest years so far.
Britain’s Tom Holland will appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming, while Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine retracts his claws in James Mangold’s sombre-looking Logan.
Chris Hemsworth will also swing his ‘Mjolnir’ hammer again as he takes on Tom Hiddleston’s Loki in Thor: Ragnarok – the series’ third instalment.
In a more playful tone, superheroes will venture into the world of animation as The Lego Batman Movie aims to replicate the success of The Lego Movie in 2014.
On the subject of replicas, audiences have already been given a sneak peak into Dennis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 – the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic.
The new film stars Ryan Gosling as LAPD Officer K, a new blade runner on a quest to find Harrison Ford’s “replicant” hunter Rick Deckard.
Sci-fi is set to dominate 2017, with a trip back to deep space in Ridley Scott’s sequel to 2012’s Prometheus, Alien: Covenant.
Brad Pitt will be returning as Gerry Lane in the zombie apocalypse sequel to World War Z.
There will be more familiar faces taking another shot at the silver screen, with Kate Beckinsale returning for Underworld: Blood Wars, Milla Jovovich wrapping things up in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and Johnny Depp resuming his role of Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge.
The coming year will also feature two live-action remakes of a Disney classic and a cult favourite.
Emma Watson stars opposite Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens in Beauty And The Beast, while Scarlett Johansson plays a counter-terrorist in the new version of Japanese manga Ghost In The Shell.
Johansson is the latest Hollywood A-lister accused of “whitewashing” an originally Asian character.
The 32-year-old plays cyborg policewoman Major Motoko Kusanagi in the remake of the 1995 cartoon.
It will also be the year of small-screen adaptations, as Power Rangers, Baywatch and ChiPs all get the multiplex treatment.
Long-awaited sequels to Trainspotting, Flatliners and Despicable Me will also be unveiled.
Source : Sky News