What a year 2016 was in Pop Culture. There were many sad moments with the loss of iconic music stars and celebrities. Those we lost will live on via their art and we will never forget them. This week I will highlight what I felt were a few of the most exciting moments in Pop Life from 2016.
In theatrical movies we saw the first live action appearance of Superman (Henry Cavill) and Batman (Ben Affleck) together in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, which also featured the first big screen appearance of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), just in time for the characters 75th anniversary The three characters will return in the 2017 Justice League movie, and Wonder Woman will have her first solo film in 2017. Another comic book character making his first big screen appearance was Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) in the film “Captain America: Civil War”. The character was a hit and will have his own solo film in 2018. The new Spider-Man (Tom Holland), made a first time appearance along side Captain America and crew, and will have a new film in 2017. Needless to say 2016 was a fun year for fans of comic book films, and 2017 will certainly provide more superhero adventures.
On the television side, 2016 was a big year for Dolly Parton, as she had two hit television movies: “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” and “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.” Both movies had massive ratings for NBC, and are the first of several Dolly movies based on her songs and life. Dolly also had a hit concert tour, and successful telethon for the tragic fires in Gatlinburg and surrounding area. The year in television also featured the extremely impressive and exciting season ending cliffhanger for season 6 of the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” The episode was entitled “Battle of the Bastards”, and as with nearly all episodes of this show, was very cinematic. In fact, there were many moments in the episode that had me cheering, and it should come as no surprise this show has won many Emmy awards.
In the world of toys and collecting, the Funko POP vinyl figures had fans running everywhere to find rare and exclusive editions of the large headed figures. I would often overhear fans taking about how they are searching for “such and such figure” and were continuing their quest until successful. If you have never looked at these toys/collectibles, I suggest doing so as you will be amazed at their variety. The toys have the expected comic book, movie and television characters, but have even expanded into the world of sports.
One of the more uplifting musical highlights of 2016 was the Justin Timberlake release “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”, from the movie “Trolls”. I dare you not to smile or dance when you hear this feel good tune. Timberlake, a Tennessee native, brought much needed musical smiles to us via this song during the exhausting and stressful election year. Keep it up in 2017 Justin, we need more music like your song.
Being the proud Geek I am, I certainly cannot skip over one of top events in the world of comic books for 2016: The DC comics rebirth, which was deemed an overwhelming success. The “Rebirth” comics sold 12 million physical copies in the first three months alone (according the the LA Times), and at that point five other titles still had not launched. The comic that sparked it all, “DC Universe: Rebirth” has gone back to press four times! Needless to say, 2016 was an extremely successful year for DC comics.
I hope you enjoyed Pop Life in 2016, and let’s hope for more fun in pop culture for 2017. Happy New Year and thanks for reading Pop Life and The Loafer!