2019 recorded some of the biggest UK cinema admissions on record, bolstered by the biggest film of all time in Avengers: Endgame as well as a wealth of diverse and exciting blockbusters and hidden gems.
At DCM we are always looking forward however, and in 2020 we’ve got exciting, original blockbusters from the very best purveyors of big screen cinema, and not one but TWO original Pixar films. Even the franchises feel fresher– all Marvel and DC Cinematic Universe films are from female filmmakers and focus on female characters. The biggest films of awards season are also original titles from filmmakers whose last outing were Marvel films or Bond films.
Every month of the calendar is stacked with exciting films in 2020; we’re psyched for Sam Mendes’ 1917 in January, along with new films from Guy Ritchie and Melina Matsoukas (Beyoncé’s Lemonade). February sees Margot Robbie return as Harley Quinn and Robert Downey Jr takes off his Iron Man suit to talk to the animals in Dolittle. March is packed full of family content, including a Pixar, a Trolls and a Peter Rabbit. Some of us will be looking for A Quiet Place.
April is all about 007, while a different spy gets a showcase in May’s Black Widow. June has Wonder Woman 1984 and Soul, the most exciting Pixar since at least Inside Out.
July has two films that simply have to be experienced on the biggest screen. Christopher Nolan’s spy thriller Tenet, and Tom Cruise in a fighter jet in IMAX in Top Gun: Maverick. Time Travel will become cool again in August as Bill and Ted return, and yes, it’s still Keanu and Alex.
September sees Matthew Vaughn switching up the Kingsman series and a 60s set period thriller from Edgar Wright. October is already packed, with Venom 2, Kenneth Branagh and his crazy moustache returning in Death On The Nile, Roald Dahl’s The Witches gets a long over-due update, and the hit West End musical, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie leaps to cinema.
Marvel go big once again in November, with The Eternals, and there’s an exciting original Disney animation in Raya And The Last Dragon. It could be the new Moana. Finally, the year reaches a stunning climax with two films due on the Friday before Christmas. Steven Spielberg takes on one of the most famous of all musicals in West Side Story and the premier sci-fi world-builder Denis Villeneuve, will take us on a journey in the absurdly star-packed Dune.
We may have fewer big franchise titles in 2020, but for film fans, the wealth of new stories from new voices promises a more exciting year than we’ve had for some time.