hmv.com previews... 2022's Best Movies - Superheroes
Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2022's best movies. We kick off with all things superhero, get ready to get hyped...
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell
Director: Matt Reeves
Release Date: March 4th
After a series of big delays, we'll find get to see Robert Pattinson make his debut in the cowl and batmobile in the early part of 2022.
A film that first entered development with Ben Affleck not only set to star, but also to write and direct. At first, Affleck stepped back as director, giving way to Matt Reeves, best known for his work on the Planet Of The Apes trilogy, before quitting the role entirely in early 2019.
With Reeves wanting a younger man, Pattinson was cast in the role and a new cast was made around him for a darker, grittier take on the character. Really the one thing that's remained constant is the film's title.
For this new take, we find a 30-year-old Bruce Wayne into his second year of fighting crime. He is pursuing the Riddler, a serial killer who targets elite Gotham City citizens.
While investigating, Wayne uncovers corruption that connects to his own family during the investigation and is forced to make new allies to catch the Riddler and bring the corrupt to justice...
Thor: Love and Thunder
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Chris Pratt, Jaimie Alexander, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista
Director: Taika Waititi
Release Date: July 8th
Robert Doiwney Jr's Iron-Man and Chris Evans' Captain America bowed out after three solo movies, but Chris Hemsworth's Norse God is going one better with a fourth instalment, although there's a major twist.
Natalie Portman, who did not appear in Thor: Ragnarok and had told reporters she was done with Marvel movies, has been tempted back by returning director Taika Waititi, and will reprise her role as Jane Foster, who, while undergoing cancer treatment, becomes the Mighty Thor and gains similar powers to Thor.
Beyond that, we don't know too much, Waititi has billed the film as a romance, but with the addition of Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher and confirmed appearances from all the Guardians of the Galaxy, it's sure to be action-packed too.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Starring: Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Dominique Thorne
Director: Ryan Coogler
Release Date: November 11th
After the tragic death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, it was unclear for a good long time as to whether this sequel, which follows the billion-dollar taking original, would ever come out.
As it is, the rest of the cast from the first film are reuniting for a new adventure that is sure to pay tribute to Boseman's legacy.
Plot details are under wraps, but we do know that Letitia Wright's Shuri is set to take centre stage...
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Noah Centineo, Aldis Hodge, Sarah Shahi, Quintessa Swindell, Pierce Brosnan
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Release Date: July 29th
It's been 15 years since Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson was first approached about the prospect of portraying Black Adam, but it finally arrives in the summer.
Black Adam was a slave in Kahndaq 5,000 years ago, but, after immense torture, was granted super-strength and a range of other powers by the Gods. He then set out to liberate his people and rule Kahndaq by delivering his own brand of justice, but, after he abused those powers, he was imprisoned.
Having been imprisoned for over 5,000 years, in this new movie we'll see Black Adam break out and carry out his vengeance on the world...
Johnson's Black Adam is set to be a key part of the DC Universe in years to come, with appearances alongside Henry Cavill's Superman and Zachary Levi's Shazam! already in development.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison
Director: James Wan
Release Date: December 16th
Released in 2018, Aquaman grossed over $1.1 billion at the box office, meaning a sequel was swiftly ordered.
Momoa, who made his debut in Justice League, took the title role in Aquaman, while Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman were in supporting roles.
Plot details for the sequel are under wraps, but as you can see from the picture below, Momoa has a new suit and a whole new set of problems to face...
Starring: Jared Leto, Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, Jared Harris, Tyrese Gibson
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Release Date: January 28th
Originally due in the summer of 2019, now due at the end of January, Jared Leto headlines this new blockbuster about a super-powered Vampire.
Leto plays Michael Morbius, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who tries to cure a rare blood disease using an experimental treatment that combines electroshock therapy and vampire bats.
Sadly, things don't exactly work out and Morbius gains a taste for human blood. As well as this, he can fly, has superhuman strength and healing capabilities. When he bites victims and drinks their blood, his attacks can prove lethal, but when bitten by him, his victims do not become vampires.
That taste puts him in the FBI’s sights and he’s forced to take to the shadows.
While Sony have been forced to delay the film, they've already commissioned a spin-off, so confidence must be high in this new blockbuster.
Starring: Ezra Miller, Ben Affleck, Michael Keaton, Sasha Calle, Kiersey Clemons, Maribel Verdú, Ron Livingston
Director: Andy Muschietti
Release Date: November 4th
Another movie that has been beset by delays, some you can blame on Covid-19, but most you have to chalk up to indecision and a flurry of different directors, so much indecision in fact, that this film started its development all the way back in 2004.
Thus far we've only seen Ezra Miller's take on The Flash in Justice League, but we'll get a whole movie of his story at the end of the year.
In this story, we follow Miller's Barry Allen, a police forensic investigator from Central City who can move at superhuman speeds using the Speed Force. He will travel back in time to prevent his mother's tragic murder, a decision which has profound consequences for his present...
Starring: Owen Wilson, Michael Peña, Jesse Williams
Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Release Date: August 12th
A more light-hearted take on the superhero genre here from writing/directing pair Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, whose credits include Nerve, two instalments of Paranormal Activity and MTV's hit reality series Catfish.
The film follows Charlie Kincaid, a teenager who stumbles upon a secret headquarters under his home that seems to belong to a superhero.
He shares it with his friends, and they start to believe that his estranged father might have a secret double life...
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Xochitl Gomez
Director: Sam Raimi
Release Date: May 6th
After his key role in the Avengers doubleheader and Spider-Man: No Way Home, Benedict Cumberbatch's Dr Stephen Strange takes centre stage for the second time.
Sam Raimi, best known for the iconic horror series Evil Dead, takes charge of this new one, with Loki writer Michael Waldron providing the script.
In this blockbuster, the Doctor's continuing research on the Time Stone is hindered by a friend-turned-enemy, resulting in Strange unleashing unspeakable evil...
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse (Part One)
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Issa Rae, Jake Johnson
Director: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson
Release Date: October 7th
After his hugely successful animated adventure Into The Spider-Verse, the animated Miles Morales gets a new outing with a new voice cast joining young Shameik Moore.
This time, we follow Miles Morales as he goes on an adventure across the multiverse with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-People to face a powerful and terrifying villain...