Other than Disney, Warner Bros. is probably the most well-known studio among the normal movie-going audience. The studio has been around for a very, very long time and has been a main player for a very, very long time. With that said, their 2015 was just flop city. It’s not that they didn’t put out good movies, because there were some, but almost every movie they put did a big flop at the box-office.
Luckily for them, 2016 is their year. WB is finally kicking off their superhero cinematic universe with both DC films Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, among many other great looking titles. Now of course it remains to be seen if any of these will be good, but all of us (including WB) are hoping they will, especially those two I mentioned. Here is Warner Bros.’ 2016 studio preview:
How to Be Single
Official synopsis: There’s a right way to be single, a wrong way to be single, and then…there’s Alice. And Robin. Lucy. Meg. Tom. David. New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, be it a love connection, a hook-up, or something in the middle. And somewhere between the teasing texts and one-night stands, what these unmarrieds all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love. Sleeping around in the city that never sleeps was never so much fun.
Starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, and Lisa Mann.
Release date: February 12th.
Me Before You
Official synopsis: A small town girl is caught between dead-end jobs. A high-profile, successful man becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. The man decides his life is not worth living until the girl is hired for six months to be his new caretaker. Worlds apart and trapped together by circumstance, the two get off to a rocky start. But, the girl becomes determined to prove to the man that life is worth living and as they embark on a series of adventures together, each finds their world changing in ways neither of them could begin to imagine.
Starring Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, and Charles Dance.
Release date: March 4th.
Official synopsis: In the sci-fi thriller Midnight Special, writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time, as a father (Michael Shannon), goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers.
What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever, in this genre–defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human.
Starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, and Sam Shepard.
Release date: March 18th.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Official synopsis: Plot is unknown at this time.
Starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Diane lane, and Laurence Fishburne.
Release date: March 25th.
Barbershop: The Next Cut
Official synopsis: It’s been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop. Calvin (Ice Cube) and his longtime crew, including Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.
Starring Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Common, and Nicki Minaj.
Release date: April 15th.
Synopsis: Follows two friends (Key and Peele) who decide to act like gangster drug-dealers in order to retrieve a stolen kitten.
Starring Keegan-Michael Kelly, Jordan Peele, Will Forte, Method Man, and Gabrielle Union.
Release date: April 22nd.
Going in Style (2016)
Synopsis: Seniors, who are tired of the monotonous life of feeding pigeons and waiting for social security, decide to rob a bank.
Starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin.
Release date: May 6th.
The Nice Guys
Official synopsis: The Nice Guys takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.
Starring Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Matt Bomer, Kim Basinger, and Ty Simpkins.
Release date: May 20th.
The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Experiment
Official synopsis: Plot is unknown at this time.
Starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson.
Release date: June 10th.
Synopsis: After reconnecting with an old friend via Facebook, an accountant is thrown into the world of international espionage.
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Aaron Paul, and Amy Ryan.
Release date: June 17th.
The Legend of Tarzan
Official synopsis: It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.
Starring Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Djimon Hounsou, and John Hurt.
Release date: July 1st.
Official synopsis: A woman is haunted by a creature that only appears when the lights go out.
Starring Teresa Palmer.
Release date: July 22nd.
Synopsis: A mix of well-known and unknown villains are recruited by the government to accomplish a task deemed too dangerous for superheroes. The historically independent operators must bury their own interpersonal conflicts and agendas to form a cohesive unit to take on a singular task.
Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Jai Courtney, and Jared Leto.
Release date: August 5th.
Arms and the Dudes
Synopsis: Two stoners, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, win a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan. The duo makes 85 deliveries of munitions to Afghanistan worth more than $66 million before their arms-dealing careers are cut short when federal agents raid their Miami Beach offices in August 2007, culminating in 71 counts of fraud.
Starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller.
Release date: August 19th.
Synopsis: Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, a pilot for more than four decades, is catapulted to fame after birds fly into the engines of flight 1549 on January 15, 2009, crippling the jet. He lands the plane safely on the surface of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers on board.
Starring Tom Hanks, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, and Aaron Eckhart.
Release date: September 9th.
Synopsis: Plot is unknown at this time.
Release date: September 9th.
Official synopsis: Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet giant Cornerstore.com. Junior, the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.
Starring the voices of Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Kelly, and Jordan Peele.
Release date: September 23rd.
Synopsis: A forensic accountant “un-cooks” the books for illicit clients.
Starring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, and John Lithgow.
Release date: October 7th.
Official synopsis: Fraternal twin brothers find out that their mother’s been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father. She confesses she slept around with politicians, athletes and movie stars she met at Studio 54 in the 1970s, one of whom may be their father. The twins set out to find their real dad.
Starring Owen Wilson, J.K. Simmons, Ed Helms, and Ving Rhames.
Release date: November 4th.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Synopsis: Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) stops in New York City on his travels to find and document magical creatures. Scamander meets Tina, short for Porpentina (Katherine Waterston), a witch who works her magic in the U.S.
Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, and Dan Fogler.
Release date: November 18th.
Chicken Soup for the Soul
Synopsis: Described as a story that will inspire, entertain and intrigue.
Release date: December 16th.
As with every movie studio, there are plenty of films that will become known as the year and film festivals go on; more films will be introduced under the Warner Bros. umbrella.
Below you can check out our other studio previews for 2016: