The Movie Guru: “The Batman”, “Top Gun: Maverick” and more in early 2022

“The Batman” hits theaters on March 4.
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After two years of delay, several long-awaited films are finally set to hit the big screen in 2022. For anyone writing their calendars, here’s a look at some of the biggest films on their way in the first half of the year.

Deferred gratuity

While COVID has hit studio release schedules hard, some big-name movies are finally coming for a landing. After missing more than one 2021 release date, “Top Gun: Maverick” hits theaters on May 27. The video game adaptation “Uncharted”, starring Tom Holland and Mark Whalberg, struggled with a slippery release schedule to arrive in theaters on February 18 Although there was technically no delay in the release date, the breaks in filming meant we’ve all been waiting for years to see Robert Pattinson as the latest incarnation of the Caped Crusader. His debut album, “The Batman” by Matt Reeves hits theaters on March 4.



Lively arrivals

Live-action movies weren’t the only ones affected by delays. DreamWorks’ latest project, “The Bad Guys,” is about a group of former villains who decide to do good in the world. Originally slated to hit theaters in 2021, it is slated to hit the big screen on April 22. “DC League of Super-Pets,” which we were originally scheduled to see in 2019, will finally arrive in theaters on May 20.



Delayed movies won’t be the only animated offerings for the first half of 2022. Pixar’s “Turning Red,” about a 13-year-old girl who turns into a giant red panda whenever she’s too turned on by something, is scheduled for March 11. Then, they’ll take a side look at the “Toy Story” universe with “The Lightning,” which opens June 17 and tells the story of the astronaut who would have inspired the Buzz Lightyear toys. “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” which will feature Idris Elba as the voice of Knuckles, premieres April 8.

For adults

While it is perfectly acceptable for adults to watch animated and comic book movies, sometimes you just want to watch something that your kids may not be interested in. If you’re looking to scratch that particular itch, you’ll be happy to hear that Branagh’s Kenneth The Last Mystery of Hercules Poirot, “Death on the Nile,” will open on February 11. The film, which will also star Gal Godot, Annette Bening, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie and more, is the sequel to 2017’s equally star-studded “Murder on the Orient Express.

If romance is more your speed, the first half of 2021 will have two star options. In February 11’s “Marry Me”, Jennifer Lopez is a music superstar who ends up resolving her broken heart by marrying a random audience member played by Owen Wilson. In “The Lost City”, which comes out on March 25, Sandra Bullock is a novelist who embarks on an adventure with Channing Tatum, her cover model.

Jenniffer Wardell is an award-winning film critic and member of the Denver Film Critics Society. Find her on Twitter at @wardellwriter or message her at [email protected].


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