This year, cinema has started to squirm. Even though the pandemic is not completely over, with new variants of Covid-19 continuing to emerge, many people already miss watching movies in theaters, especially superhero movies. Throughout 2022, many superhero films from DC and Marvel are scheduled to be released.
The superhero genre will enjoy its moment this year after being completely absent from theaters in 2020. Meanwhile, in 2021, this genre will only spawn a few spectacles on the big screen. Admittedly, though, one of his films, Spider-Man: No Way Home, was a big hit last year. Released last December, the film, directed by Marvel and Sony, has already grossed $1.5 billion or around IDR22.2 trillion.
This year, no less than 10 superhero films have been scheduled to hit theaters. Interestingly, their release schedule is very close. Some are only days or weeks away from each other. So, no wonder, the competition between DC and Marvel will be tough during this year. What superhero movies will be showing this year? Here’s the list!
1. The Batman
The Batman will open a superhero film title this year. Directed by Matt Reeves, Robert Pattinson appears as Bruce Wayne aka Batman. Zoe Kravits, Colin Firth, Paul Dano, Andy Serkis and others will also appear in this film. This film will tell the story of Bruce Wayne’s early years as Batman.
In this film, Gotham is beaten by a series of heinous crimes that the police have been unable to solve for a long time. Bruce Wayne aka Batman did whatever he could. But, he also reached his limit. Penguin is involved, but he’s not the only troublemaker in town. The presence of Bruce’s childhood friend, Seline Kyle aka Catwoman, creates additional emotional confusion in the struggle for justice.
Morbius will be the second villain from the Spider-Man universe to get his own movie after Venom. The film is directed by Daniel Espinosa. Jared Leto plays Michael Morbius, the main character in this film. this film is about Michael who suffers from blood disease step. The scientist then tried to heal himself. The experiment he did turned him into a half-vampire human. The film will feature Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes/Vulture from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
3. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
This is definitely one of the most anticipated films of the year. Returning to feature Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, this Doctor Strange sequel carries high expectations from audiences after what happened in Spider-Man: No Way Home. In this film, Strange is expected to delve deeper into the multiverse as he continues his investigation of the Time Stone. Directed by Sam Raimi, the film also features Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Chiwetel Eijofor as Baron Mordo, and Benedict Wong as Wong. The film will introduce Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez.
4. DC League of Super-Pets
Directed by Jared Stern and Sam Levine, the film features DC Comics superhero pets. They are Krypto the Super Dog, Streaky the Supercat, Comet the Super Horse, Beppo the Super Monkey, and others. Krypto is Superman’s pet dog. They are friends who share the same superpowers and fight against evil in Meteropolis. However, when Superman and the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must find a group of pets to master their powers for a rescue mission. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, John Krasinski and others.
5. Thor: Love And Thunder
The second Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film this year, Thor: Love and Thunder is directed by Taika Waititi with Chris Hemsworth returning as Thor. The film will return to feature Natalie Portman as Jane Foster after the character has been absent from the MCU since Thor: The Dark World. In this film, Jane will be the female version of Thor.
6. Black Adam
The plot of this film is unknown. Black Adam is an antihero character from DC and a spinoff of Shazam! Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, the film was written by Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani. Dwayne Johnson will appear as Teth-Adam aka Black Adam in this film. Apart from Dwayne, the film also features Noah Centineo, Aldis Hodge, Sarah Shahi, Quintessa Swindell, and Pierce Brosnan.
7. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
The sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will again feature Miles Morales as Spider-Man. Spider-Woman, Gwen Stacy, will also appear here. Miles was introduced as Spider-Man in Sony’s animated film with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the first Marvel character to introduce a multiverse. The film is outside the MCU and appears in an animated version.
8. The Flash
In a way, The Flash will feature a multiverse version of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). In this film, The Flash meets Batman in a parallel dimension. There are a number of Batmans scheduled to appear here, such as Ben Affleck’s Batman and Michael Keaton’s Batman. Ezra Miller will appear as The Flash. This is The Flash’s first solo film. This character has previously been introduced in Justice League, both in the cinema version in 2017 and in Zack Snyder’s version this year.
9. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
The plot and characters involved in this Black Panther sequel are not yet fully known. This sequel is in question after the main actor, Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer in 2020. Meanwhile, the shooting of this film has also been postponed several times because one of its main stars, Letitia Wright, who plays Shuri who is expected to be the new Black Panther, was injured while playing. shooting and need a break. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler.
10. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
This sequel to Aquaman will be the closing of the superhero film in 2022. When an ancient power is unleashed, Aquaman must forge an uneasy alliance with a strange ally to protect Atlantis and the world. Jason Momoa returns as Arthur Curry aka Aquaman in this film. Yahya Abdul-Mateen, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Dolph Laugren, and Nicole Kidman will also appear in this Aquaman sequel. Just like the first film, this sequel is also directed by James Wan.