AFTER MULTIPLE PRODUCTION DELAYS, IT LOOKS LIKE 2022 WILL BE A YEAR OF SCENE-STEALING SUPERHEROES— FROM BATMAN TO CAPTAIN MAVERICK—JUST WHEN WE NEED THEM THE MOST. HERE’S A GUIDE TO THE ACTION-PACKED BLOCKBUSTERS TO BE ON LOOKOUT FOR THIS SUMMER. GET THE POPCORN READY!
Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle and Robert Pattinson as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure The Batman PHOTO: BY JONATHAN OLLEY/™ & © DC COMICS. © 2021 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Warner Bros. Pictures’ animated action adventure DC League of Super-Pets. COURTESY OF WARNER BROS. PICTURES. © 2021 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
The Batman (March 4)
Robert Pattinson takes on the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in this long-awaited Warner Bros. tentpole. Batman ventures into Gotham City’s underworld and crime-infested streets, unveiling the city’s corrupt officials and bringing justice and a sense of safety to the people of Gotham City. Matt Reeves’ reboot features an ensemble cast including Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler and Colin Farrell as the Penguin.
DC League of Super- Pets (May 20)
In this animated action-adventure film, Dwayne Johnson stars as the voice of Krypto the Super-Dog, who is best friends with Superman, who he fights crime with as they share the same superpowers. The all-star ensemble of voices includes Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, Marc Maron, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz and Keanu Reeves. The animated feature film, helmed by director Jared Stern, takes a turn when Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped and it’s up to Krypto and his shelter friends to rescue the superheroes.
Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, streaming on Disney May 25, is set 10 years after the events of Star Wars PHOTO: COURTESY OF WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi (May 25)
Premiering only on Disney+, this series begins a decade after Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his greatest defeat—the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as evil Sith Lord Darth Vader. The series stars Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen reprising their roles respectively as Jedi Master and Darth Vader.
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Maverick, out May 27, is the sequel to 1986 film Top Gun; Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. COURTESY OF PARAMOUNT PICTURES, SKYDANCE AND JERRY BRUCKHEIMER FILMS. ©2021 PARAMOUNT PICTURES CORPORATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.; COURTESY OF PARAMOUNT PICTURES, SKYDANCE AND JERRY BRUCKHEIMER FILMS. ©2021 PARAMOUNT PICTURES CORPORATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Top Gun: Maverick (May 27)
Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is back after more than 30 years of service in the Navy, as a courageous test pilot, pushing limits and dodging advancement in rank. When he finds himself training a new squad of graduates for a specialized mission, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of his late friend Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.” He’s then faced with confronting his past and deepest fears, culminating with a high-risk mission. The film, directed by Joseph Kosinski, also stars Glen Powell, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Jay Ellis and Ed Harris, among others.
Ms. Marvel (June 8)
Adding more diversity to its slate, the latest Marvel Studios original series centers on a brown superhero, Kamala Khan—a 16-year-old Pakistani American girl who lives in Jersey City. Played by actress Iman Vellani, Khan enjoys gaming and writing fan fiction and is a major fan of superheroes, particularly Captain Marvel. In the Disney+ series, which will run through July, she struggles to fit in at home and at school, until she gets her own superpowers like the heroes she admires.
Jurassic World Dominion (June 10)
The epic conclusion of the Jurassic era culminates this summer with the cast including Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard back together, plus newcomers to the franchise DaWanda Wise, Isabella Sermon, Omar Sy and more. Following the destruction of Isla Nublar, the future of mankind is tested as humans and dinosaurs attempt to coexist all over the world and the fight for being the apex predator ensues.
Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8)
The 29th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the fourth Thor film, Thor: Love and Thunder is the sequel to Thor: Ragnarok. Star Chris Hemsworth will be joined by castmates Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Christian Bale, as supervillain Gorr the God Butcher, in this epic directed by Taika Waititi.