Okay, now we can finally concentrate. Now that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has exploded around the world, let’s put 2015 behind us and look ahead to the 2016 movies.
Of course, after the Oscars wrap on Feb. 28, 2016, Hollywood rolls out comedies and action flicks throughout spring and summer until the Oscar-bait seasons of fall and winter.
Superhero flicks like “Deadpool,” “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Suicide Squad” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” will likely be the hugest draws at the box office, but there’s plenty of comedy fare like the all-female “Ghostbusters” reboot the oft-quotes sequel to “Zoolander” that will possibly move crowds into the theater too.
Below, we’ve included a preview of some of the most anticipated films of 2016.
A star-studded cast that features George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton and more bring the laughs in “Hail Caesar!”—a Cohen Brothers comedy that spoofs the studio scandals and shenanigans of Hollywood’s golden era.
As if anybody needed a reason to watch Justin Bieber die, evildoers kill off the crooner along with more of the world’s most beautiful people in “Zoolander 2.″ To the rescue comes Ben Stiller reprising his male model hero Derek Zoolander, now 10 years out of the game, who is enlisted along with Owen Wilson’s Hansel to help Interpol’s global fashion division agent (Penelope Cruz) solve the crime. Will Ferrell returns as the villain Mugatu, stirring up lattes and more trouble in the follow-up to the 2001 comedy.
“With great power comes great irresponsibility” is an apt tagline for Ryan Reynolds as the star in Marvel’s anti-hero flick “Deadpool.” Reynolds reprises the titular character from that appeared in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” but with his solo film he gets to play up the mutant’s tongue-in-cheek person as he goes on a revenge mission against those who wronged him.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Enlisted by her cable news network to go on assignment abroad because she’s one of a handful of “unmarried, childless personnel” in her bureau, Tina Fey finds romance and revelry among the ex-pat community of journalists covering Afghanistan in the rom-com adapted from Kim Barker’s memoir “The Taliban Shuffle.”
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Batman and Superman face off as enemies in “the greatest gladiator match in the world” in the hotly anticipated “Dawn of Justice.” Ben Affleck makes his debut as the son of Gotham opposite Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel. Jesse Eisenberg camps it up as the eccentric villain Lex Luthor who might be pulling the strings behind their epic rivalry.
The Jungle Book
Mowgli, played by Neel Sethi, an orphaned Indian boy who has been raised by wolves, has outgrown his welcome in the jungle–and as he navigates his way out, he finds adventure, danger, new friends and enemies on a journey of self-discovery. In the live-action version of “The Jungle Book,” Jon Favreau’s re-imagining of Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 story approaches a more faithful, ominous return to its origin than Disney’s lighthearted 1967 animated film.
Captain America: Civil War
The bond forged on the same team thwarting evil in the “Avengers” series is quickly forgotten in “Captain America: Civil War.” Chris Evans reprises his role as the star-spangled hero who goes up against Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) as he protects a friend. Joining Evans along for the super brawl is Chadwick Boseman, who makes his debut as the Black Panther—one of the first black superheroes in mainstream comics.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the most wanted man in America—former CIA employee Edward Snowden. The government whistleblower has been on the run since incurring the wrath of Washington after leaking thousands of classified documents to the press.
The most powerful mutant of all time clashes with the titular heroes in “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Oscar Isaac stars as the eponymous villain in the 1980s-set sequel to 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” opposite Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Olivia Munn as Psylocke, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, James McAvoy as Professor X and Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique.
Ellen DeGeneres lends her pipes to reprise her beloved forgetful fish Dory in “Finding Dory,” the sequel to 2003’s animated hit “Finding Nemo.” On this new adventure, Dory seeks out her long-lost family.
Independence Day: Resurgence
In the latest fight for humanity, the aliens that were defeated during the “Independence Day” events years earlier apparently sent a distress signal that alerted another task force—and nearly 20 years later they’re back for more. This time around Will Smith won’t be there to save Earth. Instead, returning cast members Vivica A. Fox, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch and Jeff Goldblum are joined by new faces Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe and Joey King.
The Legend of Tarzan
Abandoned in the Congo and raised by apes as a feral child, this iteration of “Tarzan” sees Alexander Skarsgard transformed into a gentleman living it up properly in 1880s London with his beautiful wife Jane, played by Margot Robbie. But a conflict sends dapper Tarzan back to the jungle, swinging from vines, fighting man and beast, and trading his posh suits for loincloth—better to show off those abs.
There’s something strange and it looks good – namely the all-female powerhouse cast of in the rebooted “Ghostbusters. ” Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon suit up as the paranormal investigators in the Paul Feig-directed laugh riot. Bill Murray, who starred in that original movie, and his fellow alum Dan Aykroyd also make appearances.
Star Trek Beyond
“Fast and Furious” director Justin Lin has a turn at the helm of “Star Trek Beyond” that sees Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk face off against Idris Elba as a new villain. The usual Enterprise players return for more interstellar drama, including Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin and Karl Urban.
The buzz has started early on Jared Leto’s turn as the Joker—the Batman villain played by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger—in the anti-hero flick “Suicide Squad.” Along with other dangerous supervillains that were locked up, a secret government agency taps them to use their special skills to execute dangerous missions in exchange for clemency. Featuring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Ben Affleck and more.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Eddie Redmayne is a wizard in 1920s makes a layover in the Big Apple, but things go wrong when he opens his briefcase and some of his creatures escape in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Adapted from J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” spinoff book, the events take place long before Potter’s birth.
On a Hawaiian island where voyaging is forbidden, “Moana” follows an adventure-seeking teen on a journey of self discover, where she fulfills the destiny of her ancestors. In the animated Disney film Moana is guided by demigod Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson, as she overcomes the dangers of the South Pacific.
Fan boys are in for a real trip when Marvel’s “Dr. Strange” debuts in November with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role. Director Scott Derrickson revealed to Entertainment Weekly that the superhero flick’s visuals will pay a nod to its 1960s psychedelic comic book origins. Speaking to EW for a cover story in December, Cumberbatch said he had some work to do to tap into his spell casting neurosurgeon turned wizard Dr. Strange. “I’ve got to keep throwing these poses, these spells, these rune-casting things, everything he does physically,” Cumberbatch said of the photoshoot. “I’m thinking, there’s going to be a huge amount of speculation and intrigue over the positioning of that finger as opposed to it being there, or there. And I’m still working on that. We haven’t played any of those scenes yet. I felt really self-conscious. But, then, by the end, it was great. It’s like anything, you just have to experiment.”