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Blockbuster season: what to watch ahead of this summer's biggest movie releases

Blockbuster season: what to watch ahead of this summer's biggest movie releases
Robyn Hamilton

Robyn Hamilton

Staff Writer

Summer is upon us and that means one thing in Hollywood land - the arrival of summer blockbusters! Summer 2017 sees returning sequels, franchise reboots and remakes galore; so, for this week’s streaming recommendations we thought we’d do a round-up of all the films you can watch in anticipation of some of the summer’s biggest movie releases.

1. Wonder Woman (Released June 1st)

First up on the list is DC’s Wonder Woman which hit cinemas yesterday. It’s already getting rave reviews with an amazingly strong score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. This new installment sees an Amazon princess’ idyllic life on an island occupied only by female warriors interrupted when a pilot crash-lands nearby. After rescuing him, she learns that World War I is engulfing the planet, and vows to use her superpowers to restore peace.

Sounds great, what can I watch in the meantime?

Though films from the DC universe are not as universally adored as those of the Marvel Universe, there’s still plenty of great stuff to enjoy, especially if you go back a few years. Netflix might be the domain for Marvel, but NOW TV is where you’ll find tons of DC classics including most of the Batman movies including Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995) and The Dark Knight (2008). You can also find a good selection of Superman movies, such as Superman II-IV (1980-1987), Superman Returns (2006) as well as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).

2. The Mummy (Released June 9th)

The Mummy trilogy of the late 90s/early 00s gets a reboot this summer in a new movie starring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe. This version is set in modern day and is separate from the earlier trilogy, featuring a female mummy, Princess Ahmanet. It’s set to be your classic monster-wreaking-havoc-across-multiple-cities affair and we couldn’t be more on board if the trailers are anything to go by!

Want to catch some old school Mummy mayhem?

The entire original trilogy is available to watch now on NOW TV as well as the first film from The Scorpion King spin-off franchise starring The Rock. Relive the creepy crawly horror of that unforgettable scene of a scarab beetle burrowing under an unsuspecting tomb raider’s skin!

Or, if you’re looking for some really vintage Mummy action, you can see where it all began and rent the original 1932 Boris Karloff production for just €2.99 on YouTube.    

3. Transformers: The Last Knight (Released June 22nd)

The fifth installment of the transformers franchise hits cinemas at the end of this month and will be the final film of the franchise that Michael Bay will direct. Here we see Humans and Transformers at war, and Optimus Prime is gone. The human race’s fate lies in the hands of an unlikely group - Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock). There are no reviews yet but the trailers promise everything we’ve come to expect from the action heavy, loud and spectacular franchise.

Fancy a Transformers binge?

Good news! Between Netflix and NOW TV, you’ve got nearly all your bases covered. You can catch the first and second films in the franchise on NOW TV as well as the fourth film Transformers: Age of Extinction on Netflix.

Still not satisfied? You can also find 3 seasons of Transformers Prime over on Netflix.  

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Looking for more? Earlier this week we took a good look at what Sky's on-demand boxsets have to offer, or you can check out last week's recommendations

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