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The best movies to look forward to in 2022 – from The Batman to Scream

Buckle up for 2022’s movies (Picture: 20th Century Studios/Warner Bros/Paramount Pictures/Marvel)

Although 2021 continued to see the film industry beset by pandemic-related delays, we were still treated to quality content galore, from Netflix’s finest to Marvel superhero movies and Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond.

Next year, even more new gems await as we see the best of franchise and independent films alike, covering genres from horror to action to drama and everything in between.

We can also expect some long-awaited films from the likes of Tom Cruise and James Cameron, and plenty of popular franchises returning.

Here’s a look at some of the biggest films set to grace the cinema in 2022.

Grab that popcorn, and let’s dive in…

Scream

The fifth installment in the franchise, Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Neve Campbell all reprise their roles as a new killer in the Ghostface mask starts targeting teenagers in Woodsboro, 25 years after the initial run of brutal murders.

It’s been 10 years since Scream 4 came out – and a quarter of a century since the original – and it was expected that the franchise had ended, following the death of series director Wes Craven in 2015.

However, Friends star Cox has shared she was tempted back due to the ‘relaunch’ nature of the movie, telling Total Film magazine: ‘If it had been in the same vein, or if it had been a fifth – yes, I would think that would be insane. But because this is a relaunch and a completely different film? I read it and went, “Wow, this is fantastic”.’

Scream hits cinemas on January 14.

The Batman

We were recently treated to another look at this hotly anticipated DC flick with the release of ‘The Bat and The Cat’ trailer, promising a complex relationship between new, younger caped crusader Robert Pattinson and Catwoman/Selina Kyle Zoë Kravitz.

The rest of the cast includes Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, Andy Serkis and Peter Sarsgaard.

Director Matt Reeves looks to be presenting us with an edgier, goth-inspired Batman/Bruce Wayne, and Pattinson’s co-star Kravitz has already teased his ‘out of this world transformation’.

After filming was beset by Covid-19 woes, we’ll finally get to see for ourselves this spring.

The Batman is in cinemas from March 4.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

The Wizarding World has had a bumpy time of late, but when Johnny Depp’s Grindelwald replacement was announced as Bond villain Mads Mikkelsen, our interest was reignited.

The Hannibal star’s debut was first glimpsed in the new trailer for the upcoming film, where he sported a noticeable different physical appearance to his predecessor.

 Mikkelsen previously said it would be ‘creative suicide’ for him to try and copy Depp in the role, so it remains to be seen what the talented actor will bring to the franchise.

The Secrets of Dumbledore also sees the return of Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore and Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, with Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol and Callum Turner back in their respective roles.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore releases in cinemas on April 8.

The Northman

Robert Eggers is back with another tasty prospect for 2022, following on from the plaudits he received for The Lighthouse, starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe.

The Northman is a Viking revenge saga set in Iceland at the turn of the 10th century, and includes an absolutely killer cast of Big Little Lies co-stars Alexander Skarsgård and Nicole Kidman, alongside Eggers’ returners Dafoe and Anya Taylor-Joy, who had her breakthrough in the director’s feature film debut, The Witch.

They are joined by Ethan Hawke, Dracula smoothie Claes Bang and Björk (because of course) in what promises to be an action-filled and – knowing Eggers – slightly creepy historic epic.

The Northman is set to launch in cinemas on April 22.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Following on from the events of 2021’s box office smash Spider-Man: No Way Home, Benedict Cumberbatch is back as the Marvel sorcerer, who is attempting to handle and understand the consequences of his magic with the multiverse.

As he puts it himself: ‘The multiverse is a concept about which we know frighteningly little.’

Strange seeks out Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), still recovering from the events of WandaVision, in order to help him make sense of the constantly evolving thread of fractured timelines.

Also slated to appear in this sequel to the 2016 Doctor Strange are Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Stuhlbarg.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits cinemas on May 6.

Top Gun: Maverick

It has been a long time coming, but 2022 is the year (hopefully) we will finally get to see the much delayed (since 2020) Top Gun sequel.

Lucky CinemaCon attendees were treated to a 13-minute preview of the film back in August, and it’s quite something to think the first trailer for the film dropped back in 2019.

Tom Cruise is back as US Navy aviator Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, more than 30 years later, this time training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialised mission, including the son of his late friend Goose (Anthony Edwards), Lt Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw (Miles Teller).

Top Gun: Maverick is in cinemas from May 27.

Lightyear

Chris Evans told us to ‘get excited’, and by golly we will ahead of this origin tale for Toy Story’s beloved space ranger.

Captain America star Evans is taking over from original voice actor Tim Allen, and the teaser tailer revealed a young, real-world Buzz (with hair!) strapping himself into a rocket ahead of launch, exploring space and being presented with his iconic white, purple and green suit.

And to clarify – this is the story of the human the Buzz toy is based on, and not a toy origin story, but knowing Disney and Pixar, we won’t be able to move for fun Easter eggs and asides.

Lightyear releases in cinemas on June 17.

Untitled Elvis Presley Project

Although things have been pretty quiet on this movie recently, we’re here to remind you that Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic is due for release next summer.

Starring Austin Butler in the lead role, alongside Stranger Things’ Dacre Montgomery, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Luhrmann regulars David Wenham and Richard Roxburgh, the combination of Moulin Rouge’s director and topic promises quite the spectacle.

It’s also what Tom Hanks, who stars as Colonel Tom Parker, was filming when he and wife Rita Wilson caught Covid back in March 2020.

Lurhmann’s Elvis biopic is set to launch in cinemas on June 24.

Don’t Worry Darling

Okay yes, Harry Styles has now joined the Marvel universe as Eros, but 2022 heralds the arrival of his first lead role in a film with Don’t Worry Darling.

The 1950s thriller sees Florence Pugh taking centre stage opposite Styles, who’s been busy with his music since acting in 2017’s Dunkirk, and is directed by his rumoured real-life girlfriend Olivia Wilde.

Details are still being kept under wraps, but we can’t wait to see more.

Don’t Worry Darling hits cinemas on September 23.

Mission: Impossible 7

Another delay for Tom Cruise and his blockbuster sequels, and this one makes a mockery of time too (as the pandemic often has) because the action star has already been busy practising his flying in the UK ahead of the rumoured Mission: Impossible 8!

Cruise and the film hit headlines back in December 2020 after an audio recording of the star and producer yelling at a crew member in an expletive-filled rant for breaking Covid-19 social distancing rules was leaked.

The movie was one of the earliest success stories of filming during the pandemic, and audiences will finally see their patience rewarded next autumn.

Mission: Impossible 7 is in cinemas from September 30.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Lupita Nyong’o and Letitia Wright will both be back for the Black Panther sequel (Picture: Marvel/Disney)

Black Panther was a huge success back in 2018, raking in $1.347billion (£978.5m) at the global box office and scooped three Oscars from seven nominations, which included a nod for best picture.

Therefore star Chadwick Boseman’s death in 2018 at the age of 43 was an even bigger blow to many, but Marvel is back with the long-awaited sequel and a promise to honour Boseman’s legacy with a film that focuses on returning performers Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba and Angela Bassett, after Marvel bosses announced that Boseman’s part would not be recast.

Filming has temporarily halted on the production following actress Letitia Wright sustaining an injury on set, but it is due to start up again in early 2022 as the movie aims for a November release.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever releases in cinemas November 11.

Avatar 2

Avatar 2 arrives at the end of 2022 (Pictures: 20th Century Studios)

In terms of long waits for a follow up, this one certainly takes the biscuit as James Cameron’s Avatar sequel releases 13 years after the original – and there’s a third one due in 2024, which shot simultaneously alongside this one.

Our second trip to Pandora sees Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) living with his newfound family, including Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), but a familiar threat forces him to work with the army of the Na’vi race to protect their planet.

Newcomers Kate Winslet, Michelle Yeoh and Jermaine Clement join original cast members Worthington, Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Giovanni Ribisi in what is sure to be another visual feast for the eyes.

Avatar still holds its title as the highest-grossing movie of all time.

Avatar 2 is set to launch in cinemas on December 16.



Other films to look out for in 2022

Marry Me – Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson star in a rom com that has 2005 written all over it.

Uncharted – Tom Holland and Mark Walberg team up for this big screen adaptation of the popular video game.

Downton Abbey 2 – Another film outing for the smash hit TV show as the Crawleys take a trip to the French Riviera after Violet (Maggie Smith) comes into some property.

The Lost City – Sandra Bullock stars as a reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model (Channing Tatum), who gets swept up in a kidnap jungle adventure, co-starring Daniel Radcliffe and Brad Pitt.

Operation Mincemeat – A movie retelling of the successful British World War Two deception operation, featuring Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen and Kelly Macdonald.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent – Nicholas Cage delights the internet by finally playing himself.

Jurassic World: Dominion – a third in the sequel series starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeff Goldblum, who is joined by his original Jurassic Park co-stars Sam Neill and Laura Dern.

Thor: Love and Thunder – Chris Hemsworth is back, alongside Natalie Portman as Jane Foster and Mighty Thor, Christian Bale and Russell Crowe.

Bullet Train – Based on a Japanese novel, the film focuses on five assassins aboard a fast-moving bullet train and counts Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Zazie Beetz among the cast.

Where the Crawdads Sing – A big screen adaptation of the best-selling novel, starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, Harris Dickinson and David Strathairn.

Nope – Jordan Peele’s next movie project, slated to feature Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer.

Black Adam – Dwayne Johnson makes his debut as DC’s famous anti-hero and wielder of magic.

Bros – Billy Eichner’s gay rom com for Universal Studios, which follows two men ‘stumbling towards love’.

The Woman King – Starring Viola Davis, Lashana Lynch and John Boyega, the historic epic is inspired by true events that happened in the Kingdom of Dahomey (now southern Benin).

Ticket to Paradise – Julia Roberts and George Clooney co-star again as a divorced couple that teams up and travels to Bali to stop their daughter from making the same mistake they made 25 years ago.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) – Miles Morales returns for the next chapter in the animated Oscar-winning Spider-Verse saga, this time joining forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-People.

The Flash – Ezra Miller finally gets his solo film after first appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 and other DC outings since then.

Matilda – The film adaptation of the successful West End musical, starring Dame Emma Thompson, Lashana Lynch and Stephen Graham.

Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom – Jason Momoa returns as the half-human king of Atlantis, with the hero forced to forge an uneasy alliance in order to protect Atlantis and the world.

I Wanna Dance With Somebody – A musical biopic of R&B pop legend Whitney Houston, starring Naomi Ackie, Clarke Peters and Stanley Tucci.

 

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