After a difficult 2020 and 2021, the movie and theater industry feels like it is officially back on its feet. Inside the Las Vegas Caesars Palace Colosseum, Warner Bros showcased their upcoming slate of theater releases during CinemaCon on Tuesday afternoon. With an emphasis on returning to the theaters, the panel didn’t offer many surprises but offered exclusive looks at upcoming movies and much-anticipated announcements, including news on The Batman.
After raking in $759.3 million in worldwide box offices and debuting on HBO Max as the second most-watched movie on the streamer, bringing in 4.1 million viewers in the first week, it should be no surprise that Warner Bros has announced at CinemaCon that The Batman is getting a sequel. The sequel will bring back Robert Pattinson as the titular character along with Matt Reeves as director, Dylan Clark as producer, and the rest of the creative team. On top of that, there’s still The Penguin spin-off series and an untitled Arkham Asylum series in the works.
Other DC titles also showed exclusive looks at the panel including the upcoming Black Adam, The Flash, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, and DC League of Super-Pets.
Dwayne Johnson was on hand at the panel to present new trailers for both Black Adam and Super-Pets. Black Adam will mark the first time Johnson has appeared as a live-action superhero, and the movie is a passion project for him. Coming out October 21, 2022, the movie reunites Johnson with Jungle Cruise director Jaume Collet-Serra and stars Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Sarah Shahi as Adrianna Tomaz, Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, and Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone.
The Flash also showed off a new trailer featuring Michael Keaton‘s Batman, the first time the actor is reprising the role since The Batman Returns in 1992. Coming out June 23, 2023, the film features Ezra Miller as the titular Flash, also featuring Keaton, Ben Affleck as Batman, and Sarah Calle as Supergirl in a multiversal adventure. But, The Flash has been plagued with delays and the recent issues surrounding its lead, Miller. Late in March, Miller was arrested in Hawaii for disorderly conduct and harassment, and then last week, he was arrested a second time for suspicion of second-degree assault.
Some of the cast of Shazam! Fury of the Gods was also in Vegas to promote the sequel to Shazam! The sequel stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, (all three were in Vegas alongside co-star Helen Mirren) Djimon Hounsou, and introduces Helen Mirren as Hespera and Lucy Liu as Kalypso. David F. Sandberg returns as director for the film coming to theaters on December 16, 2022.
There wasn’t much to reveal on the Aquaman front other than a sizzle reel with Jason Momoa returning as Aquaman and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, set to arrive at theaters on March 17, 2023.
On top of the DC movies, Warner Bros showed off teasers at CinemaCon of the rest of their 2022 movie slate with Elvis, Wonka, Salem’s Lot, and Don’t You Worry Darling. Then teased their slate for 2023 and beyond. There we saw a shot of Margot Robbie in Barbie, directed and co-written by Greta Gerwin with Noah Baumbach as co-writer.
Also set to come in the future is The Nun 2, The Meg 2, Blue Beetle, Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim, plus a glimpse at the title cards for in-production projects Furiosa and Dune: Part Two.
Upcoming Warner Bros Movies
- Elvis – June 24, 2022
- DC League of Super-Pets – July 29, 2022
- Salem’s Lot – September 9, 2022
- Don’t Worry Darling – September 23, 2022
- Black Adam – October 21, 2022
- Creed III – November 23, 2022
- Shazam! Fury of the Gods – December 16, 2022
- Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom – March 17, 2023
- The Flash – June 23, 2023
- Barbie – July 21, 2023
- Meg 2: The Trench – August 4, 2023
- Blue Beetle – August 18, 2023
- Dune: Part Two – October 20, 2023
- Wonka – December 15, 2023
- The Color Purple – December 20, 2023
- The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim – April 12, 2024
- Furiosa – May 24, 2024