“Wonder Woman” (June 2):
This is the most important movie based on DC Comics characters to be released since “Superman” hit the big screen in 1978. After successful runs with Superman and Batman, DC Comics movies have fallen into a deep funk with the likes of “Green Lantern,” “Suicide Squad” and “Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice.” Gal Gadot has given the franchise some hope with her portrayal of Wonder Woman in “Superman v Batman.” She needs to be the super cinema hero DC Comics needs.
“Star Wars: Episode VIII” (Dec. 15):
“The Force Awakens” left “Star Wars” fans with a lot of questions. While the odds are low that all your questions will be answered in the next installment in the series, anything new in this franchise is welcome. The fact the film will bring together new characters with some familiar faces, including Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, is enough reason to want to see the movie.
“The LEGO Batman Movie” (Feb. 10):
Batman (Will Arnett) was only a supporting player in “The LEGO Movie,” but he stole the spotlight. Now, he’s the star and that should make for an entertaining film to be built one brick at a time.
“Time After Time” (ABC):
The 1979 feature film, “Time After Time,” told the tale of H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) chasing Jack the Ripper into tho 20th Century. That’s the same plot for the new network drama. The production comes from Kevin Williamson, who was the driving force behind “The Following” and “The Vampire Diaries.”
“Iron Fist” (Netflix):
The streaming series has already had great success with TV series based on Marvel Comics, including “Luke Cage” and “Daredevil.” Finn Jones stars in the story of a young man trained by Buddhist monks in the way of iron fist. He’ll use that ability to claim his family business.
“Twin Peaks” (Showtime):
The 1990 series was one of the biggest TV shows of the year. David Lynch combined creepy characters, odd events and a great cup of coffee into one of the strangest – and most compelling – series to ever play on network TV. Having the series on a premium channel creates the potential for even more bizarre tales.
“35MM: A Musical Exhibition” (June 16): The Selma Arts Center, which last year brought us the central San Joaquin Valley premiere of a first-rate “Heathers: The Musical,” is tackling another cutting-edge title. Ryan Scott Oliver’s song cycle pairs his original compositions with a series of still photographs.
“The Great God Pan” (March 24): Amy Herzog’s acclaimed, haunting play about memory and possible childhood sexual abuse gets a staging by Fresno State’s theater department.
“The Full Monty” (July 21): It’s taken more than 15 years for the Broadway musical adaptation of the 1997 movie about a group of unlikely male English strippers to get a local production, but StageWorks Fresno is finally ready to take it all (or mostly) off.
“Of Mice and Men” (May 6): Fresno Grand Opera presents Carlisle Floyd’s 1969 adaptation of the famed John Steinbeck novel – a natural fit for the central San Joaquin Valley.
Conductor announcement (April): After the Fresno Philharmonic finishes with its season-long job interviews of six finalists with an April 9 concert, we’ll learn who will be the orchestra’s next music director.
Nancy Youdelman exhibition (summer): The Fresno Art Museum gives a big retrospective, “Fashioning a Feminist Vision, 1972 to 2017,” to the artist and former Fresno State professor, who is known internationally for transforming clothing into sculpture.
“South Park: The Fractured But Whole” (March 31):
The follow-up to 2014’s “The Stick of Truth” looks fantastic. The sequel promises more action-packed gameplay geared around the characters’ superhero alter egos.
“Mass Effect: Andromeda” (2017):
For many, this is the most-anticipated game of 2017. “Andromeda” marks the return of a beloved series from some of the best storytellers in the business (BioWare).
“Red Dead Redemption” (2017):
I doubt this game will actually release in 2017, but it’s on the list until we definitively hear otherwise. Expect an impactful plot and breathtaking graphics from Rockstar.
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