With 2022 on its way out, we're going to start looking ahead to next year with our epic 2023 movie preview, where we'll spotlight nearly every major upcoming release studio-by-studio.
Warner Bros. basically limped to the end of 2022, so they're going to need a huge bounce back in 2023 and they have an interesting quartet of DC projects that have the potential to be very lucrative at the box office, despite the fact that the two biggest titles will likely be retconned for James Gunn and Peter Safran's new DC Universe.
The Flash is undoubtedly the buzziest of the four, but don't sleep on Shazam! Fury of the Gods and Blue Beetle, which should be just as entertaining. Then, there's Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom arriving on Christmas, which should officially put a pin in Zack Snyder's version of these characters.
WB is also expecting big things from Creed III, Barbie, and The Nun 2, but don't forget this fall's big show-shopper, the long-awaited Dune: Part Two!
Check out our Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Films 2023 movie preview by clicking the "Next" button below!
WB is kicking their year off with House Party, a reboot of the 1990 comedy of the same name, and this time, they're upping the ante by taking the party to LeBron's house, which should be plenty entertaining.
Cast: Jacob Latimore, Tosin Cole, DC Young Fly, Karen Obilom, Melvin Gregg, Rotimi, Allen Maldonado, Shakira Ja'nai Paye, Andrew Santino, Tamera Kissen, Michael C. Bradford, Bill Bellamy, Scott Mescudi, LeBron James, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Lena Waithe, Anthony Davis, and Kid N' Play
Release Date: January 13
Magic Mike's Last Dance
Steven Soderbergh returns to wrap up his Magic Mike trilogy with a Last Dance story that focuses only on Mike, who now finds himself in a relationship with the one and only Salma Hayek!
Cast: Channing Tatum, Salma Hayek Pinault, Ayub Khan Din, Jemelia George, Juliette Motamed, Vicki Pepperdine, Gavin Spokes, Caitlin Gerard, and Christopher Bencomo
Release Date: February 10
Creed III already has one of the most badass trailers of the year and promises to be one of the best films of 2023, as Adonis finds himself in an unexpected situation when a figure from his past returns and challenges him to the showdown to end all showdowns. Don't miss this one!
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Jonathan Majors, Wood Harris, Florian Munteanu, Phylicia Rashad, Tony Bellew, Selenis Leyva, Thaddeus J. Mixson, Mila Davis-Kent, and Canelo Álvarez
Release Date: March 3
Shazam! Fury of the Gods
While the future of DC remains in flux, Shazam! Fury of the Gods will lighten the mood a bit and with Peter Safran producing, it's likely this is one hero that might have a bright future in the new DC Universe, but first, he's going to have to take down the Daughters of Atlas!
Cast: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Rachel Zegler, Adam Brody, Ross Butler, Meagan Good, Lucy Liu, Djimon Hounsou, Helen Mirren, Ian Chen, Grace Fulton, Jovan Armand, D. J. Cotrona, Faithe Herman, Marta Milans, Cooper Andrews, Rizwan Manji, Lotta Losten, and Gal Gadot
Release Date: March 17
Evil Dead Rise
Evil Dead Rise is the fifth installment in the franchise and the film's synopsis reads, "a road-weary Beth pays an overdue visit to her older sister Ellie, who is raising three kids on her own in a cramped L.A. apartment. The sisters' reunion is cut short by the discovery of a mysterious book deep in the bowels of Ellie's building, giving rise to flesh-possessing demons, and thrusting Beth into a primal battle for survival as she is faced with the most nightmarish version of motherhood imaginable."
Cast: Alyssa Sutherland, Lily Sullivan, Ali Asghar Shah, Gabrielle Echols, Morgan Davies, Nell Fisher, Mia Challis, Tai Wano, Jayden Daniels, and Billy Reynolds-McCarthy
Release Date: April 21
The Flash might be a cursed film, but that doesn't mean it also won't be a good one. It's been reportedly testing well for months, which is not a surprise considering Andy Muschietti is in the director's chair, and will see the Scarlet Speedster partner with a number of other DC heroes, so expect this one to be a big draw next Summer, even if Miller will likely be dropped from the role long before it hits theaters.
Cast: Ezra Miller, Ron Livingston, Michael Keaton, Kiersey Clemons, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue, Sasha Calle, Ben Affleck, Maribel Verdú, Temuera Morrison, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Rudy Mancuso, Luke Brandon Field, Henry Cavill, and Jason Momoa
Release Date: June 16
Greta Gerwig directing a Barbie movie with Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie and Ken, respectively, is talent we can get behind. Whether it lives up to the hype remains to be seen, but we can guarantee it's going to garner a lot of eyeballs leading up to its July debut.
Cast: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, America Ferrera, Simu Liu, Kate McKinnon, Ariana Greenblatt, Alexandra Shipp, Emma Mackey, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Issa Rae, Michael Cera, Rhea Perlman, Will Ferrell, Ncuti Gatwa, Emerald Fennell, Hari Nef, Sharon Rooney, Scott Evans, Ana Cruz Kayne, Connor Swindells, Ritu Arya, Jamie Demetriou, and Marisa Abela
Release Date: July 21
Meg 2: The Trench
The Meg is back and this time, it's personal! Actually, we don't know what they have planned for this one, but Jason Statham is back to take on the monster megalodon, so that should be more than enough to get asses in seats.
Cast: Jason Statham, Sienna Guillory, Cliff Curtis, Shuya Sophia Cai, Page Kennedy, Skyler Samuels, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, and Wu Jing
Release Date: August 4
Another Peter Safran production, Blue Beetle could be another promising entry in the DC Universe next year and has a lot of runway to succeed at the box office with its late Summer launch.
Cast: Xolo Maridueña, Bruna Marquezine, Belissa Escobedo, George Lopez, Adriana Barraza, Elpidia Carrillo, Damián Alcázar, Raoul Trujillo, Susan Sarandon, and Harvey Guillén
Release Date: August 18
The Nun 2
Sister Irene returns to face Valak in this eagerly awaited sequel to the 2018 horror blockbuster, which grossed over $365 million at the global box office on a modest $22 million production budget.
Cast: Taissa Farmiga, Storm Reid, Anna Popplewell, Katelyn Rose Downey, Bonnie Aarons, and Jonas Bloquet
Release Date: September 8
Dune: Part Two
If Dune: Part Two isn't near the top of your must-see list for 2023, then what are you doing, man? The sequel promises to be even more action-packed than its predecessor as Paul Atreides partners with Chani and the Fremen to seek out revenge against those that destroyed fireworks. Expect fireworks when this opens early November!
Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem, Florence Pugh, Austin Butler, Léa Seydoux, Christopher Walken, and Souheila Yacoub
Release Date: November 3
We're getting a double dose of Chalamet next winter as he'll also headline Wonka, which will reveal the never-before-told story of a young Willy Wonka before he opens his famous chocolate factory.
Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Keegan-Michael Key, Rowan Atkinson, Sally Hawkins, Jim Carter, Matt Lucas, Natasha Rothwell, Olivia Colman, Tom Davis, Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Rich Fulcher, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Paterson Joseph, Calah Lane, Colin O'Brien, Rakhee Thakrar, Ellie White, Murray McArthur, and Tracy Ifeachor
Release Date: December 15
The Color Purple
The Color Purple is getting a musical remake, based on its own 2005 stage musical of the same name. Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey are onboard as producers as well, so expect this to be a potential big winner over the holiday season.
Cast: Fantasia, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Danielle Brooks, H.E.R., Halle Bailey, Ciara, Aunjanue Ellis, Deon Cole, Louis Gossett Jr., Elizabeth Marvel, Jon Batiste, David Alan Grier, Taraji P. Henson, Phylicia Mpasi, Tamela J. Mann, and Stephen Hill
Release Date: December 20
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
The DC Extended Universe formally comes to a close with Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom next Christmas, although we're willing to wager Jason Momoa will continue to have a future in the DC Universe, as Peter Safran also co-produced this feature. However, with all the upcoming changes, it remains to be seen how much of that connective tissue will remain in this film.
Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Kidman, Ben Affleck, Randall Park, Vincent Regan, Jani Zhao, Indya Moore, and Pilou Asbæk
Release Date: December 25
Coyote vs. Acme
Coyote vs. Acme isn't dated yet, but is expected to arrive sometime in 2023. The synopsis teases the plot, "After all of the ACME Corporation's malfunctioned products consistently backfired on him, in his dogged pursuit of the Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote hires a down-on-his-luck human attorney to sue the company. When Wile E.'s hired lawyer notices that his intimidating boss at his former law firm is representing ACME, they form a friendship and team up to win the court case against him."
Cast: John Cena, Will Forte, Lana Condor, and Eric Bauza
Release Date: TBD
The teaser for Salem's Lot played during CinemaCon last year and was sufficiently scary, so it's a bit puzzling why the studio has left this undated. Regardless, we should still it in 2023 and we're willing to bet it'll arrive before that Halloween window.
Cast: Lewis Pullman, Makenzie Leigh, Bill Camp, Pilou Asbæk, Alfre Woodard, William Sadler, John Benjamin Hickey, Jordan Preston Carter, Spencer Treat Clark, Nicholas Crovetti, and Cade Woodward
Release Date: TBD
Early Look at 2024
- Toto (February 2)
- Untitled Godzilla vs. Kong sequel (March 15)
- Mickey 17 (March 29)
- The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim (April 12)
- Furiosa (May 24)
- Joker: Folie à Deux (October 4)