Movies to look forward to in 2020: Bond, Black Widow & More

Movies to look forward to in 2020It’s arrived: 2020 is here and looking at the film releases over the coming 12 months, 2020 is pulling no punches. The year includes long-awaited sequels, superhero films, franchise closers and some cracking historical dramas: it really does have it all.

We’ve whittled the coming releases down to just 10 2020 films that you should put in your diary immediately. Don’t worry, we’ve included the dates as well, and our updated film release calendar will have all the other dates you’ll need for your diary. Shall we begin? These are the movies to look forward to in 2020.

Birds of Prey

Admittedly, following DC’s misfire Suicide Squad is no easy feat, and expectations may rightly be very low following that monumental flop, but Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn was by far the best part of that film and the news that she’s getting her own solo movie is music to our ears. Other cast members include Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell who join Robbie’s Harley as Huntress and Black Canary, respectively. The February 7th release date is puzzling, but we shall see if it’s any good.

A Quiet Place: Part II

Hollywood power couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt surprised audiences with the exceptionally tense and really rather good, A Quiet Place. A sequel was perhaps surprising given the film’s ending and genre tropes, but the first trailer released in January 2020 showcases even more nail-biting horror. Whether it lives up to the first film remains to be seen however. A Quite Place: Part II is out on March 20th.

Mulan

Disney just can’t be stopped when it comes to updating their animated classics for the modern era. They’ve had mixed success so far, but Mulan is next on their hit list. Directed by The Zookeeper’s Wife’s Niki Caro and based on a script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Jurassic World), the film has been delayed by almost a year while Disney searched the globe for its leading lady. Finally, they find her in Liu Yifei. We can see how she does on March 27th.

No Time To Die

Daniel Craig’s 007 is retiring after his fifth film and from the first trailer at least, it looks like this one is going to be an absolute corker. It’s got fast cars, beautiful women and stunning locations – which is everything anyone could ever want from a Bond movie surely? Original director Danny Boyle is out, instead being replaced by True Detective director Cary Joji Fukunaga. In the UK, No Time To Die’s release date is April 2nd, coming out 8 days later in the US on April 10th.

Black Widow

Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn isn’t the only superhero to be getting a solo outing in 2020. Scarlett Johannson’s Black Widow will be seen on the big screen again following the events of Avengers: Endgame will her very own origins story – like we haven’t been waiting enough for this one! Chronologically, Black Widow will take place between the films Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War in the MCU and also stars Stranger Things’ David Harbour. May 1st is the date for your diary.

Wonder Woman 1984

Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman was by far the best thing to have come out of the DCEU (until Aquaman was released anyway) and this sequel looks to carry over much of the winning formula. The titular hero is once again played by the superb Gal Gadot and the 80s backdrop promises to do away with the stuffy wartime setting that blighted its predecessor. I’m hoping for more colour, a cracking soundtrack as well as that incredible theme. It’s out on June 7th in both the UK and US.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Yup, Ghostbusters is getting yet another reboot, this time with added Paul Rudd – that’s only a good thing, right? After the commercial failure of the female-led reboot, original director Ivan Reitman started working on a film that follows on from the original in the series with his son Jason taking the director’s chair. The first trailer didn’t give away too much (thankfully) apart from a very Stranger Things-esque vibe. We can see Ecto-1 back in action on July 10th.

Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun was released in 1986, can you believe it? Nevertheless, Tom Cruises’ puts back on the Aviator sunglasses in 2020 for this long-awaited sequel to the 80s hit. If it’s anything like its predecessor, we should be getting some amazing aerial action sequences courtesy of director Joseph Kosinski who also helmed the brilliant Only The Brave and the less brilliant Tron: Legacy. All will be revealed on 26th June in the US and the 17th July in the UK.

Halloween Kills

After the incredible success of his sequel to John Carpenter’s horror classic, director David Gordon Green returns to the chair to helm Halloween Kills. Michael Myers is back and so is Jamie Lee Curtis in the role that made her an international scream icon. Plot details are being kept under wraps at the moment, but expect to see more stylish camerawork as The Shape comes back to haunt Haddonfield once again. October 16th is the date to pencil in your calendar.

West Side Story

Spielberg is back behind the camera for this reimagining of the classic Broadway hit. The cast includes Baby Driver star Ansel Elgort as well as relative newcomer Rachel Zegler as the two main characters at the centre of the plot. It’s certainly a departure from Steven Spielberg’s usual work, but the film was written by playwright Tony Kushner, who also wrote Spielberg’s Lincolnso it looks like he’s had some great help and no doubt advice on directing musicals along the way. West Side Story is released on 16th December in France and 18the December in the UK and US.

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