With 2016 in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look back at a year that was filled with heroes. The good guys certainly reigned supreme these last 365 days, so we’re taking a look at some of the heroic men and women in the world of film. Here are our top five picks for the Best Movie Hero of 2016. Vote below and tell us who should win!
Here are the nominees for Best Movie Hero:
Batman (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
While many fans were vocally skeptical when it was announced that Ben Affleck would play Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman, Batfleck ended up being the legit bright spot of the Zack Snyder DCEU flick. Affleck’s Batman is a more grizzled version of the Dark Knight than we’ve previously seen on screen, and he’s also an insane brawler — the warehouse fight alone makes Batman v Superman worth the price of admission.
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Deadpool was a true labor of love for Ryan Reynolds, who lobbied tirelessly for the film to get made and then delivered in spades with an equally hilarious and badass performance. Deadpool is different — and by different we mean way, way dirtier — than most comic book heroes, but that’s what makes him awesome.
Doctor Strange (Doctor Strange)
Doctor Strange is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s bringer of multi-dimensional delight. The Sorcerer Supreme came to the big screen this year and opened up the door for the weird and wonderful in the world inhabited by the Avengers, the street-level heroes of the Defenders, and the Agents of SHIELD. Strange a the mystical master-in-the-making in the film, and it’s great fun watching him learn to bend reality to his will. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that he’s Benedict Cumberbatch, either.
Jyn Erso (Rogue One A Star Wars Story)
Separated from her parents as a teen, Jyn Erso was raised by extremist resistance fighter Saw Gerrera before he, too, abandoned her. She drifted through life aimlessly until being unwittingly — at first, anyway — caught up in the battle against the Galatic Empire. Seizing the chance to help her father and strike a blow against the people who took him from her, Jyn leads a ragtag group of heroes and rallies the upstart Rebel Alliance to their first victory. She saved the Rebellion, and saved the dream.
Newt Scamander (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
Newt Scamander is a magizoologist who accidentally unleashes a case full of magical creatures free in 1920s New York City in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling’s continuation of the Wizarding World franchise she began with Harry Potter. Newt, played by Eddie Redmayne, is a bit more quirky than Harry Potter, but it works. He’s essentially the Wizarding World equivalent of the Doctor — he even has a case that’s bigger on the inside.