Welcome back! It’s a brand new year, which means we have an entire film schedule ahead of us. What’s coming out in 2022? Are we going to see more delays and will studios move some of their movies to streaming platforms? We’ll find out throughout the year. Most of these films have release dates, but I’m not going to list them because changes will be inevitable. Let’s see what’s coming out, so far.
It’s been a long time since Scream 4 came out. I’m a huge fan of the Scream franchise, but it might not be a good idea to resurrect this IP. Studios brought back Halloween, Friday the 13th, and a streaming show based on I Know What You Did Last Summer. It rarely works when filmmakers bring back really old franchises. Hopefully, the new Scream movie can be a fun and nostalgic experience without a bunch of complications.
Recently, I watched the trailer for this film. Moonfall appears to be a disaster flick in the vein of Geostorm, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, and similar releases. It’s basically a campy post-apocalyptic movie with big budget VFX. I’m keeping my expectations low for this one, but it has potential to be entertaining.
This film is going to be 2022’s action flick with Liam Neeson. Do you need more details? It seems like Liam Neeson always has a midrange action movie in January or February. Blacklight is going to be 2022’s entry. Most of his action films follow the same formulas. He’s a tough and experienced renegade who needs to take down terrorists, gangsters, thieves, or whoever is filling in the bad guy role. Don’t expect more substance than his most recent action movies.
Ton Holland is starring as Nathan Drake in Uncharted, Hollywood’s most recent video game adaptation. I must admit, video game movies are usually terrible. Uncharted is similar to Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider, and other adventure films. The marketing doesn’t look very good, so maintain realistic expectations.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Netflix is resurrecting the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series. I’ll give them credit for being ambitious. Truthfully, I didn’t mind the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the remake. I assume this film will be another reboot. Most likely, this movie will be brutally violent and gruesome, which means it won’t be suitable for squeamish viewers. Netflix isn’t afraid of violence and some of their horror films are decent, so I have faith in them.
Here we go again with another Batman reboot. It seems to be following a similar formula to Christopher Nolan’s trilogy with a realistic setting. I don’t find this one comic book accurate, but hardly any of the DC movies are faithful adaptations anyway. Honestly, I’m getting weird vibes from this Batman film, but it will probably be quite popular. Most Batman movies are huge commercial boons.
Sony appears to be releasing a number of movies that feature Spider-Man’s villains. It’s a very unusual strategy, but they might be trying this method because Spider-Man is tied up with Marvel. Basically, Morbius is a living vampire. It might be a little bit like the Blade movies, but we’ll see. I cringe every time Jared Leto stars in a film, so Morbius could be pretty good or downright bad. The quality could go either way.
I watched a trailer for this small action film and it looks promising. A criminal hijacks an ambulance, including the paramedics, and takes them on a dangerous trip. I believe it will stream on Peacock after forty-five days of theatrical release, which is a decent arrangement. This movie seems more like a streaming option anyway. I understand studios are hoping to drive audiences back to theaters, but it seems like half of their content belongs on streaming.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
Let’s judge this movie for its quality instead of the drama with J.K. Rowling. She made a lot of foolish mistakes, but the Wizarding World is still a promising IP with significant potential. I’m not sure what fate holds in store for the Fantastic Beasts franchise. The previous Fantastic Beasts film wasn’t great and The Secrets of Dumbledore needs to leave a strong impression. Warner Bros. needs really good luck with this movie.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Despite having ups and downs in 2021, I assume Marvel will have commercial and financial success this year. The new Doctor Strange film looks quite unusual, but that’s probably the point. I just want it to be more interesting than the original Doctor Strange movie. Also, I don’t want it to warp the MCU into a confusing mess. Most fans of blockbuster films are probably looking forward to this release, but I’m staying on the cautious side.
Top Gun: Maverick
Do you remember what I said about old IPs? I don’t think anyone is asking for a new Top Gun movie. The marketing looks promising, but I’m not sure if this story makes a lot of sense for the modern era. For example, I’m pretty sure the military is phasing out this type of aviation. However, I could be wrong. The original Top Gun holds up really well today and I hope the sequel is a worthy successor.
Jurassic World Dominion
I need think we all need a healthy dose of man eating dinosaurs. The third entry in the Jurassic World series is finally coming out in 2022. It should be an exiting blockbuster adventure and the setting will be somewhat different with a post-apocalyptic theme. Several original cast members from Jurassic Park are returning, although I expect their roles to be small. Actually, Dominion is one of my most anticipated films this year.
The Black Phone
This dark horror movie had a convoluted release, due to the pandemic. The Black Phone was supposed to come out in 2021 and it was screened for festival critics. Some viewers might feel squeamish about this film because it features a serial killer who has an obsession with children, but it’s a Blumhouse feature and very few of their releases are overtly disgusting. 2021 was a big year for art house horror and I’m ready for more traditional scares. After all, most art house horror movies aren’t scary at all.
Thor: Love and Thunder
Marvel is taking a lot of risks in the post-Endgame period. The fourth entry in the Thor series is featuring Jane Foster as an alternate version of Thor, the God of Thunder. This version of Thor had a major story in the comics, but I’m not sure if the MCU will go with the original plot. Most likely, the multiverse will play an important role in this movie. Regardless of the story, I hope Love and Thunder will be another entertaining superhero flick.
I’m putting this film on my list because it’s a mystery and action movie rolled into one viewing. Five assassin’s are on a bullet train and their assignments have a major connection. I doubt it will be a huge blockbuster or financially successful, but the premise sounds interesting. Hopefully, the writing will be halfway decent.
It seems like Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam movie had constant delays. Maybe 2022 will be the year when we finally see it in theaters. After all, Warner Bros. is done releasing their films simultaneously on HBO Max. However, Black Adam and the rest of Warner Bros. releases will air on streaming forty-five days after their theatrical premiere. I’m curious and skeptical about this movie because Black Adam is traditionally a major villain for the Shazam family. Is he going to be an antihero? I don’t know, but the film will probably have a lengthy backstory.
I never know what to expect from Stephen King’s adaptations. Years ago, Salem’s Lot was a tv miniseries, so a two hour film will be a condensed version of the novel. I’m not sure if a movie will have enough time to tell this story, but they can try. Luckily, modern VFX and makeup could make the experience a lot scarier. If you like vampires, this film might be a good choice.
Here’s another horror movie with endless delays. I would say this film is a blend of Pumpkin Head and Children of the Corn. I like rural horror movies, so Dark Harvest might be up my alley. It’s a rare MGM release and I’m not well versed with their horror films. Maybe 2022 will be a better year for horror, considering how disappointing 2021 was for the genre.
Don’t Worry Darling
I don’t have a lot of sci-fi releases on today’s post, but this film seems like an homage to The Stepford Wives. It’s about a married woman who lives in an apparently utopian neighborhood, even though her husband and other residents are hiding a dark secret. I hope it’s not just a rehash of tropes and movies we’ve already seen, but time will tell. I’ll give it a chance.
Mission Impossible 7
Some of the Mission Impossible films are better than others, but I really enjoyed the most recent installment, titled Fallout. The next Mission Impossible movie could be great or disappointing. Either way, Tom Cruise is still killing it in this franchise and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Sorry guys, but I don’t like the Halloween revival series. The first one was just another bad Halloween movie and the most recent entry was considerably worse. However, I’m curious to see how the trilogy ends. Maybe the third film will be the strongest installment in the series. You never know. I hope Jamie Lee Curtis can end this franchise on a high note.
Honestly, I expect this film to be a total mess. The DC universe lacks continuity and I don’t believe a Flashpoint adaptation will change anything. Warner Bros. will try to eliminate what they don’t want and keep the best parts through this Flash movie. That means the studio will eliminate Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, but keep Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa. It might be one of the worst films this year, but Warner Bros. could prove me wrong. The new continuity might actually work.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
I would say this movie can’t fail, except Marvel is having some drama behind the scenes. Fortunately, this sequel has the same director from the first Black Panther film. I feel confident in Ryan Coogler’s directorial skills, despite the untimely passing of Chadwick Boseman. May his soul rest in peace. Replacing the lead character in a budding franchise is difficult, so let’s hope for the best.
Look, it’s another old IP that’s coming back from the dead. The Avatar train ended a long time ago, so it seems really strange to see a sequel at this point. Plus, a video game is also coming out to accompany this new film. It’s really weird. However, James Cameron made good movies in the past, so there’s plenty of hope. I just want the latest Avatar film to have more substance and originality than the previous one.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
I really enjoyed the first Aquaman movie, but this one makes me feel troubled. Seriously, I think every film in 2022 has endless drama. Warner Bros. kept Amber Heard in this movie, even though controversy follows her everywhere. Despite the onset drama, this sequel appears to be a highly ambitious project. I hope the director can get the job done with flying colors. The DC universe can’t afford another bad year. They might need a hard reboot if the next few movies flop.
There you go! 2022 might be one of the most unpredictable years to date! I hope a lot of these films come out on time with high quality. It would be really unfortunate to see another year with awful releases. With all due respect to filmmakers and crew members, 2021 had one of the worst film schedules in recent memory. Also, you can’t blame the pandemic for everything. Delays happens because of the pandemic, but poor filmmaking, acting, and writing is a choice. Make me proud, Hollywood! You have a lot of work to do this year! Are you looking forward to any movies this year? Have you returned to theaters yet? Are you sticking with streaming and digital for while? Leave a comment. Thanks a lot for visiting my blog. I’ll keep you well fed with new posts every week. Good night!
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