What we’re looking forward to in 2016
By Hodderscape Team
Here’s what team Hodderscape will be watching and reading in 2016.
Oliver Johnson, Editorial
Book: I have high hopes for Joe Abercrombie’s forthcoming collection of stories, Sharp Ends.
Film: There is an overkill of possible greats next year: Captain America Civil War, Batman v Superman… Then I fear for the reboots of two of my favourite ever films, The Jungle Book and The Magnificent Seven. But Deadpool intrigues me most…
TV: Daredevil Second Series, with The Punisher! And what’s going to happen in Part Two of Season Six of The Walking Dead? Will Daryl get his bike back?
Anne Perry, Editorial
Book: Look, The Winds of Winter might publish next year. It might! (A girl can live in hope.)
EDITED TO ADD: I wrote this in early December, and now it seems pretty unlikely that we’ll actually see TWoW anytime soon. So I’ve got to change my vote to The Thorn of Emberlain – the new Scott Lynch, fourth in the utterly fantastic Gentlemen Bastard series. The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of my all-time favourite fantasy novels and I can’t wait to see what the crew get up to next…
Film: I have never, ever been a Deadpool fan. But superhero fatigue is kinda setting in, and this film is kinda coming across as the hilarious antidote to it. Relatedly, I never cared one way or the other about Ryan Reynolds, and yet somehow he has managed to inhabit the Wade Wilson ethos entirely. And more importantly, charmingly. I don’t know anything anymore. The world’s turned upside down.
TV: Orange is the New Black has been consistently spectacular. Bring on the new season!
Conventions: I’m going to eat so much BBQ at WorldCon in Kansas City it’s not even funny. (Kansas City Joe’s FTW.)
Naps: I’ve already settled on my 2016 resolution: more naps. I can’t wait to see what I’ll be like when I’m fully rested.
Fleur Clarke, Marketing
Book: The Census-Taker because it’s China bleeding Mieville! And it involves someone living on an isolated mountaintop which is my jam.
Film: It’s a close tie between The Witch and The Assassin, but The Assassin takes it because of the line ‘Cut him down for me… expertly’ in the trailer.
TV: It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for the second season of The Returned (or Les Revenants if you’re feeling fruity). I’ve only really been waiting for two years, but that’s far too long to wait for sexy French zombies.
Comic: Saga Volume 6, obv.
Aimee Oliver, Marketing
Book: I’m a big fan of Allie Brosh, whose blog Hyperbole and a Half has been made into a very funny book. Her follow-up, Solutions and Other Problems, is published in October. No book has made me burst out laughing on the bus before, like her previous did – and yes, it was embarrassing, as I am very British and reluctant to show emotion in any context. I’ll be sure to keep her next book at home, where no-one can judge me.
Film: When Suicide Squad was announced, I wasn’t hugely impressed. Jared Leto as the Joker? Will Smith in anything where he needs to be morally grey? I was sceptical. But the trailer looks like it might have convinced me. Fingers crossed that it’ll be style meets substance this August.
TV: Everyone’s favourite depressed horse is back next year. Bojack Horseman trotted onto our screens in 2014 with its weird mixture of visual gags, cutting humour, and satirical view of Hollywood and celebrity, and it continues to go from strength to strength, so I’m expecting big things from this new season.
Play: I don’t think I really need to justify why I’m psyched for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, do I?
Game: From the little we’ve been able to glean from the trailer, I think it’s safe to say that Mass Effect: Andromeda is going to be the most attractive game set in space ever conceived. Leaving behind Commander Shepard, we’ll be launched into a story that is sure to be gripping, moving and pretty-much breath-taking from the get-go.