The Movies industry is healing. After two years of false starts, production delays, and release postponements, 2022 marks a welcomed return to normality for Hollywood. After the recent success of the streaming-backed Shang-Chi & The Legend of the Ten Rings, the blockbuster Bond flicks No Time to Die, and the Zendaya-flexing Spider-Man: No Home Way, there’s no doubting the world is yearning for the next big movie, ourselves included.
2022 Movie Releases
While last year saw a number of big-name releases make their debut on streaming services, 2022 looks to be the year cinemas get up and running. Some of the world’s leading directors have finally set their sights on a traditional theatre premiere, with a number of long-awaited sequels, reboots, spin-offs, and originals scheduled to explode over the next few months. We’ve taken a look at the biggest upcoming movies for 2022, sharing our thoughts on the flicks you need to put on your radar. Here are the most anticipated films of 2022, starting from January.
1. Uncharted (February 18)
Sure, it’s not the Nathan Fillion-led adaptation that we all wanted, but Tom Holland is a pretty solid backup. The all-flipping, parkour teenage web-slinger is taking on the role of Nathan Drake in one of the biggest video game crossovers in recent memory. The story is a prequel to the games, showing how a younger Drake came to meet and befriend Sully. Throw in perennial action champion Mark Wahlberg and Antonio Banderas as the villain and you’ve got a film that has more than piqued our interest.
Release date: 17 February 2022 (Australia)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Story by: Rafe Judkins
Produced by: Charles Roven; Avi Arad; Alex Gartner; Ari Arad
Production companies: Columbia Pictures; PlayStation Productions; Atlas Entertainment; Arad Productions
Budget: $120 million
2. The Batman (3 March)
Easily the movie we are most excited for this year, March will finally see Robert Pattinson’s turn as The Dark Knight hit the silver screen. For the past few months, director Matt Reeves has been teasing us with trailer after trailer, without really giving too much away. All we know is that R-Bats will face off against Paul Dano’s mysterious Riddler, Zoe Kravitz’s Selina Kyle/Catwoman, and a host of other friends and foes.
Infinitely darker and more brutal than previous versions, Reeves’ iteration of the Caped Crusader delves further into the psychological, exploring Batman as a detective rather than a one-dimensional hero. Want to get excited? Just hear what Reeves had to say about his new flick.
“I just felt like well, what I’d love to do is to get a version of this Batman character where he’s not yet fully formed,” Reeves previously said on the new film. “Where there’s something to do in this context with who that guy would be in this world today and to ground him in all of these broken ways. Because at the end of the day, this guy is doing all of this to deal with trauma in his past.”
Release date: 3 March 2022 (Australia) Trending
Director: Matt Reeves
Music by: Michael Giacchino
Budget: $100 million
Based on: Characters; from DC
Cinematography: Greig Fraser
3. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (April 22)
Nicolas Cage playing Nicolas Cage in a fictionalized film about Nicolas Cage? You had us at Nicolas Cage. In The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, the rage-Cage plays an unfulfilled version of himself. Facing financial ruin he accepts a $1 million offer to attend a wealthy fan’s birthday party, but things take a wildly unexpected turn when a CIA operative recruits Cage for an unusual mission. Absurd and completely ridiculous, we can think of nothing better.
Release date: 22 April 2022 (USA)
Director: Tom Gormican
Music by: Mark Isham
Production companies: Saturn Films; Burr! Productions
Produced by: Kevin Etten; Mike Nilon; Nicolas Cage; Kristin Burr; Kevin Turen
Edited by: Melissa Bretherton
4. The Northman (8 April)
We’ll sign up for pretty much anything Robert Eggers makes. Good or bad, the visionary filmmaker’s releases are certainly memorable (think The Lighthouse) but thankfully, The Northman appears to be the former. Starring Alexander Skarsgård as a vengeful Viking prince on a hunt for blood, The Northman comes via Eggers and Icelandic poet and novelist Sjón. Just looking at the stacked cast, which features Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, and in a rare appearance, Björk, it’s hard not to get excited.
Release date: 8 April 2022 (USA)
Director: Robert Eggers
Cinematography: Jarin Blaschke
Music by: Robin Carolan; Sebastian Gainsborough
Produced by: Arnon Milchan; Lars Knudsen; Mark Huffam
Production Company: Regency Enterprises
5. John Wick: Chapter 4 (May 27)
In 2019, following the release of Parabellum, Lionsgate immediately announced that a fourth John Wick movie was coming. Set to land in May, the new release will see Keanu Reeves reprise his role as the suave hitman, but don’t expect a happy ending.
“John may survive all this shit but at the end of it, there’s no happy ending. He’s got nowhere to go,” director Chad Stahelski told IndieWire. “Honestly, I challenge you right now, here’s a question to you: How do you fucking want me to end it? Do you think he’s going to ride off into the fucking sunset? He’s killed 300 fucking people and he’s just going to (walk away), everything’s okay? He’s just going to fall in love with a love interest? If you’re this fucking guy if this guy really exists (ed), how is this guy’s day going to end? He’s fucked for the rest of his life. It’s just a matter of time.”
Release date: 27 May 2022 (USA)
Director: Chad Stahelski
Production companies: Thunder Road Pictures; 87North Productions
Written by: Shay Hatten; Michael Finch
Based on: Characters; by Derek Kolstad
Music by: Tyler Bates; Joel J. Richard
6. Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8)
Chris Hemsworth and Taika Waititi continue Phase Four of The Marvel Cinematic Universe with Thor: Love and Thunder in July. There’s not a lot known about this one, as Marvel has characteristically kept plot points under wraps, but with Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster aka Mighty Thor set to take center stage, the anticipation for this one is high.
Release date: 8 July 2022 (USA) Trending
Director: Taika Waititi
Produced by: Kevin Feige; Brad Winderbaum
Production company: Marvel Studios
Based on: Thor; by Stan Lee; Larry Lieber; Jack Kirby
Music by: Michael Giacchino
7. Mission: Impossible 7 (September 30)
When he isn’t flying at Mach 10, Tom Cruise is jumping motorcycles off cliffs, saving the world, and reportedly having his car stolen. For the latest iteration of this long-running action franchise, Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt, alongside fellow IMF agents Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), with Hayley Atwell joining the cast as the ‘destructive force of nature, Grace.
Release date: 30 September 2022 (USA)
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Produced by: Tom Cruise; J. J. Abrams; Christopher McQuarrie; David Ellison; Jake Myers
Production companies: Skydance Media; Bad Robot Productions; New Republic Pictures; TC Productions
Music by: Lorne Balfe
Based on: Mission: Impossible; by Bruce Geller
8. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (November 11)
The long-awaited sequel to the Marvel smash-hit Black Panther is also set to land this year. One of the most interesting releases, we’re eager to see how director Ryan Coogler approaches the story, following the tragic passing of lead actor Chadwick Boseman. Google has previously confirmed that the role won’t be recast, meaning T’Challa isn’t likely to come up much at all. It leaves the door wide open for another hero to take up the mantle, which at this stage, could be anyone. Come November, all will be revealed.
Release date: 11 November 2022 (USA)
Director: Ryan Coogler
Produced by: Kevin Feige
Production company: Marvel Studios
Music by: Ludwig Göransson
Cinematography: Autumn Gerald
9. Avatar 2 (December 16)
Remember Avatar? That James Cameron movie about the blue guys that somehow smashed box office records? Well, come December, a full 13 years after the original film was released, we’ll get to see how Jake Sully and Neytiri have been traveling since we last left them. While we’re not brimming with anticipation, it will be worth seeing if Cameron can capture the same level of intrigue he did in the pre-MCU world.
Release date: 16 December 2022 (USA)
Director: James Cameron
Budget: 250 million USD
Music by: Simon Franglen
Production Company: Lightstorm Entertainment
Distributed by: 20th Century Studios