There’s a lot to look forward to in 2022: the hopeful waning of pandemic-imposed restrictions, the possibility of international travel, and, perhaps most concretely, a chock-full film release calendar. While the release dates aren’t set in stone, there are certainly a lot of exciting things on the horizon. James Cameron is releasing a much-anticipated sequel to Avatar, Tom Holland is set to star in Uncharted, based on the game series, and there are a smattering of Marvel blockbusters on the burner.
Here, the Reads editors reveal the releases they’re most looking forward to in the new year.
“Robert Pattinson as Batman and Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman in a movie directed by Matt Reeves sounds like a fan-casted fever dream I had in 2009—which is why I’m so into it. Action, explosions, leather costuming and Pattinson’s emo fringe aside, the press tour alone is worthy of the hype. I’m thinking about Robert Pattinson in sharply tailored Dior, and Zoë Kravitz in Everything And Anything Zoë Kravitz Wears.”—Mahalia Chang, head of digital content and growth
“The combination of Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz in a movie—whose insane real-life style has helped them become modern-day fashion icons in their own right —makes The Batman one of the rare superhero movies I’ll actually care about.” —Jonah Waterhouse, Vogue fashion features and news assistant
“Maybe a bad thing to admit, but I don’t know a whole lot about Elvis Presley. However, I’m still expecting a lot from this movie. I know that Baz Luhrmann—the over-the-top Aussie extraordinaire director with an eye for the finest details—is perfect for the job, and with his Oscar-winning costume designer wife, Catherine Martin, in a producer role, the ‘fits are going to be out-of-this-world. Plus, Tom Hanks was one of the first famous people to get Covid-19 while filming Elvis on the Gold Coast, so I really hope making the movie here was worth his while!” —Jonah Waterhouse, Vogue fashion features and news assistant.
Killers of the Flower Moon
“Let’s cut to the chase: Martin Scorsese… Robert De Niro… Jesse Plemons… Brendan Fraser… AND LEONARDO DICAPRIO! Is that enough for you? But, seriously, this film will dive into the gritty true story of the Osage Indian murders which saw the hunt for oil result in the deaths of tens, if not hundreds, of Native Americans who legally owned the oil. It’s a brutal story that raises a lot of issues still plaguing society today. Under the steady hand of Scorsese, and with a cast that knocks your socks off, I’m sure it’s going to be a can’t miss film and an Oscar contender to boot.” —Charlie Calver, digital content editor
“I adore the Uncharted series of games, but the hype surrounding the Tom Holland movie adaptation has been so strange, including Holland’s own apparent discomfort in his performance, that my excitement about its release might be more from a sense of morbid curiosity than anything else. I hope beyond hope that it’s good and we have a proper Nathan Drake on our hands, but I’m not holding my breath.”—Brad Nash, head of brand
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the best superhero movie of all time. This is an opinion I hold so strongly that I not only attempt to convince everyone I meet (friends and strangers alike) to watch it, but I have also publicly proclaimed it as such on behalf of +Reads. To say that I am absolutely foaming at the mouth for the sequel would be an understatement. The exquisite animation, the thumping soundtrack, the sheer, blissful meta-ness of it all—I need it back in my life, in a way that’s not just re-watching the first film for the sixtieth time (though I am more than happy to do that as well). Bring on the second chapter.”–Gladys Lai, digital content editor
Cheaper by the Dozen
“A rogue choice, perhaps, but the 2003 Steve Martin remake of this 1950s original was one of the few DVDs my family owned growing up, so it was on heavy rotation in my house. Nostalgia is a powerful beast, and one I’ve been succumbing to more and more recently—so you can bet I’ll be lapping this up as soon as it comes out. If not for the reminiscing alone, the 2022 version is set to star Gabrielle Union-Wade, and Kenya Barris is producing. Yes x 12.”—Divya Venkataraman, digital content editor
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
“Anything Harry Potter related is always a winner (except maybe, ahem, the certain author), but I’m really looking forward to the next Fantastic Beasts instalment. Magic, wands, and Dumbledore all sound great to me.” —Francesca Wallace, director of digital strategy.