Sherlock Holmes 3
Release Date: December 22, 2021
The first two Robert Downey Jr. renditions of Sherlock Holmes, the legendary fictional detective, received modest ratings from critics and audiences alike. Guy Richie’s directorial style can lend itself to the inner-workings of the detective’s brilliant mind, but the sequel struggled to capture the same thrill as the antics of the first, leaving some bored with overblown sequences. If Downey and Jude Law weren’t the leading men, we’d have even worse hopes for #3.
Tom and Jerry
Release Date: February 26, 2021
The feisty cat Tom and his clever rodent nemesis Jerry take on New York City and threaten to ruin careers, weddings, and private property in this 2021 adaptation of the series. One of the world’s favorite rivalries comes to life in the new Tom and Jerry film, but we’re skeptical that the mix of live-action and animation will have the same amount of charm as the TV series.
Godzilla vs. Kong
Release Date: March 31, 2021
Are we not over the “giant monsters knocking each other out” trope by now? Sure, the films preceding this one weren’t terrible, but this matchup just seems unfair. A giant, atomic-breathed dinosaur versus… an abnormally large gorilla? What’s the point of spending money on this duel if Kong can’t manage to get in one punch?
Release Date: April 16, 2021
Based on the cult-classic fighting game of the same name, Mortal Kombat features Earth native Shaolin Monk Liu Kang’s invitation to compete in an intergalactic tournament of martial arts. It’s one thing to play as the characters in a video game and watching them punch each other on screen. It doesn’t really feel the same.
Release Date: May 21, 2021
Ryan Reynold’s Free Guy has been in film purgatory since 2020, but it looks like 2021 is his year! Inspired by NPC (non-playable characters) in video games, Reynold’s character called Guy realizes he is a background character in an open world video game called Free City that will soon go offline. Once again, wouldn’t it be more fun to actually play a video game like this instead of watching it?
Release Date: February 19, 2021
Early reviews for the comedic fantasy Blithe Spirit are underwhelming. A star-studded cast featuring Judi Dench, Dan Stevens, and Isla Fisher should give the film a head start in the box-office, but we all know that forcing out lazy remakes of tried-and-true originals is a risky business.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
Release Date: June 11, 2021
2018’s Peter Rabbit, based on the furry Beatrix Potter character, was 50/50 for audiences, who scored it 10% lower than their critic counterparts. on Rotten Tomatoes. The adaptation brought on the wrath of formalists who found the snarky bunny distasteful, so Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway where Peter abandons home surely isn’t going to strike a chord among the hoard of protective parents.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Release Date: June 25, 2021
Tom Hardy as Venom continues to raise questions about the casting team, but the 2018 original lacked one thing that could make or break it’s 2021 sequel: Carnage. We’re not talking about the synonym for massacre, but an appropriately named Spiderman super villain. Unfortunately, the hype for Let There Be Carnage could cause the film to flop if the adaptation doesn’t meet the high expectations of comics fans.
Minions: The Rise of Gru
Release Date: July 2, 2021
If the movie poster isn’t headache-inducing enough, Minions: The Rise of Gru promises to hypnotize the kids while leaving adults pulling out their hair. Despicable Me was amazing—no one’s denying that—but the hype for minions has turned sour in the decade since its release. We’ll be surprised if this film takes off past opening weekend.
The Forever Purge
Release Date: July 9, 2021
Like Despicable Me, The Forever Purge is an unnecessary sequel to a film franchise that shouldn’t have gotten past the second film. As the fourth installment in the horror franchise, it has a low bar to reach after the abysmal ratings of Election Year. Perhaps we've all had enough dystopian-like experiences in the past year.
Space Jam: A New Legacy
Release Date: July 16, 2021
Space Jam is iconic. No ifs, ands, or buts. It’s one of the few sports-related films that jocks and hipsters alike rally around for a good time. That’s why we’re so nervous for the long-awaited sequel A New Legacy. With movie theaters shut down across the nation, and rampant purist mantras of OG fans, this ballin’ sequel will probably deflate after opening weekend.
This isn’t a diss on The Rock or Emily Blunt. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’re great actors. And who doesn’t love Disneyland's Jungle Cruise ride? The trailer isn't giving much away for the plot, but apparently it’s a love story as well? But we doubt it’ll translate seamlessly from theme park to big screen without looking like a tired Jumangi rip off.
The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard
Release Date: August 20, 2021
The 2017 comedy-action flick The Hitman’s Bodyguard failed to impress critics, but left audience’s pleased enough to garner a sequel, it seems! We thought they exhausted their reserve of clichés for one film, but we doubt throwing a woman into the dumpster fire is enough to satisfy audiences for a second time...
The Boss Baby: Family Business
Release Date: September 17, 2021
The Boss Baby, while a cute premise for kids and sporting a star-studded cast, couldn’t separate itself from bathroom humor long enough for viewers to appreciate the glimmer of wit. Now the sequel Family Business revisits the impossibility of a full-time working infant with a sci-fi twist. From secret formulas to age reversal, we think this baby needs some time away from the office.
Release Date: November 11, 2021
How many Ghostbusters remakes need to flop before Hollywood realizes that everyone prefers the original? At the very least, this sequel harkens back to the original ghost-hunting group, which is the only thing that could help this film scrape some revenue after release.
Release Date: December 22, 2021
The first Sing reached over 70% ratings from both critics and viewers, but let’s be honest. Have you heard anyone talk about this film since 2016? We didn’t think so. You've probably recalled vague memories of a singing elephant, but not much else. That’s not very promising for the sequel, and there’s still a year to wait...
The Suicide Squad
Release Date: August 6, 2021
Not to be a downer, but the first time DC’s iconic Suicide Squad was adapted with Jared Leto taking the lead, it wasn’t pretty. Half the ads had the Joker in it, yet only 11 minutes of actual screen time. The 2021 update keeps Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, the star character of the first installment, and she’ll need to carry this one as well if John Cena's truly in the cast as Peacemaker.
Hotel Transylvania 4
Release Date: August 6, 2021
2012’s Hotel Transylvania might not have dazzled stonehearted critics, but it left audiences enamored with it’s balance of silly humor and family themes. With each release, the audience ratings get lower while the critics’ get higher, pointing to a decline in interest. It seems the charm of Adam Sandler’s Dracula doesn’t give the franchise a free pass to overstay its welcome.
Release Date: March 5, 2021
Chaos Walking, a new Tom Holland-featured adaptation of sci-fi book The Knife of Never Letting Go, already had executives barring it from release a decade ago. Apparently, the first cut of the film "turned out so poorly it was deemed unreleasable by executives,” according to The Wall Street Journal. The film is finally set for release in 2021, but viewers have no idea what to expect thanks to the multiple trainwrecks it took to get there!
Masters of the Universe
Original Release Date: March 5, 2021
The beloved '80s show He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is getting a reboot that no one asked for? How wonderful! Psych. If the 1987 film adaptation got a measly 17% rating from critics and 40% from general audiences on Rotten Tomatoes, we doubt the Netflix heartthrob Noah Centineo casting is likely to turn heads of OG fans.
Release Date: March 12, 2021
This disaster of a movie is a flop in the making if only because interstellar conflict is a too much for us to handle while on a planet that's already in shambles. Bruce Willis is cool and all, and most audiences can enjoy a trashy action film now and again. But Cosmic Sin is dipping its toes into sci-fi, fantasy, action… too many genres to count, and it’ll pay dearly for it as profits plummet.