Superheroes are now the biggest genre draws in cinema.
2019 saw some huge cinema releases for superhero movies, not least the highest-grossing film of all time, Avengers Endgame.
Now, 2020 promises to be the year that places female superheroes and female directors at the forefront, with huge releases including Marvel Comics film Black Widow as Scarlett Johansson finally gets a solo movie, while Gal Gadot is back with her lasso of truth in DC Comics film Wonder Woman 1984.
Elsewhere, Margot Robbie struts back onto our screens as the mischievous Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey, but is she on the side of the angels now that she’s ditched her ex. Mr. J?
Here’s what other superhero movies you have to look forward to in the year ahead.
Biggest superhero movies coming out in 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
Director: Cathy Yan
Cast: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco, Ali Wong, and Ewan McGregor
Batman has vanished from Gotham City and the Joker is out of her life, prompting Harley Quinn (Robbie) to find herself whilst teaming up with heroines such as Huntress (Winstead), Black Canary (Smollett-Bell) and Renee Montoya (Perez) to save a young girl named Cassandra Cain (Basco) who has crossed the dangerous Black Mask (McGregor).
Birds of Prey release date: February 7, 2020
The New Mutants
Director: Josh Boone
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, and Alice Braga
Five young and developing mutants begin to use their abilities whilst trapped in a secret facility and face an unimaginable danger. Previously scheduled for release in 2018, this is the last FOX-made film in the X-Men series.
The New Mutants release date: April 10, 2020
Director: Cate Shorthand
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz
Set between the events of MCU films Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, Natasha Romanoff (Johansson) is a fugitive due to her actions aiding Captain America. However, Romanoff is soon faced with her past in the form of ‘sister’ Yelena Belova (Pugh) prompting her to be reunited with both further old comrades and her darkest foe.
Black Widow release date: May 1, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984
Director: Patty Jenkins
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, and Connie Nielsen
In this DCEU sequel film, Diana Prince (Gadot) is unexpectedly reunited with her lost love Steve Trevor (Pine) in 1984 just as she must battle both the villainous businessman Maxwell Lord (Pascal) and the dangerous Cheetah (Wiig).
Wonder Woman 1984 release date: June 5, 2020
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Cast: Jared Leto, Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, Jared Harris, and Tyrese Gibson
Michael Morbius (Leto) is a scientist who is hurt by a rare blood disease and searches for a way to cure himself but is transformed into a vampire and soon becomes hunted by a relentless FBI agent (Gibson). A new film in Sony’s Venom/Spider-Man universe.
Morbius release date: July 31, 2020
Director: Andy Serkis
Cast: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Reid Scott, Stephen Graham, and Naomie Harris
The sequel picks up where the first film left off but now Eddie Brock (Hardy) finds himself in danger from serial killer Cletus Kasady (Harrelson) who becomes joined to a dangerous new symbiote. The next chapter in the Venom franchise.
Venom 2 release date: October 2, 2020
Director: Chloe Zhao
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, Gemma Chan, and Kit Harrington
Thousands of years ago, the god-like Celestials created the immortal race of superpowered beings known as the Eternals to protect humanity on Earth from their dangerous counterparts, the Deviants. This epic and cosmic tale is an expansive chapter of the MCU.
The Eternals release date: November 6, 2020
Which superhero films are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments below.