2022 is gearing up to be a massive year for the Television and Film industry, which has experienced the crippling effects of COVID-19 more than most other industries to date. With shuttered cinemas and Hollywood blockbusters going straight to your favourite streaming device, whilst comfort and convenience have been ensured for the viewers at home, the many technical artisans behind and in front of the cameras have had to compromise on their talents and craft.
So, it only makes sense that with normalcy returning somewhat in 2022, the arts industry is bouncing back bigger and better than ever before with some absolute must-see flicks coming to a cinema (and streaming service) near you.
Here is the first look at some of the most anticipated TV series and films of the year.
We know, we know, we’ve heard it before: ‘how can there be yet another Batman coming out?’ Only, this time, the Bat looks to be featured in a way never seen before. It was a shock when Robert Pattinson was announced as the Cape Crusader way back in 2019, but with viewers finally getting some real-life footage of the new, grittier, broodier Batman, it’s safe to say that the comic book hero is in safe hands. Expect a darker, more violent, scarier Batman than ever before, with a tight focus on the detective skills of Bruce Wayne/Batman who is seeking to capture the Zodiac-esque ‘Riddler’ (Paul Dano).
Released Date: 3 March, 2022
It would seem that Jared Leto is currently the man of the hour in Hollywood, churning out movie after movie. Now, the fifty-year-old (yes, Jared Leto is 50 years old!!!) is set to play WeWork’s former CEO, Adam Neumann, documenting the dramatic rise and downfall of the coworking space. Anne Hathaway joins Leto on-screen and his wife, Rebekah Neumann, who served as the company’s chief brand and impact officer and was former CEO of WeGrow.
Release Date: 18 March, 2022
The MCU continues its successful run of releases with the highly anticipated TV series, Moon Knight. Played by everybody’s favourite actor Oscar Isaacs, the teaser for the new series dropped earlier this week much to the surprise/intrigue/confusion of MCU stans. Where does Moon Knight fit into the MCU universe? Is Moon Knight good or bad? Moon Knight follows Steven Grant, a humble gift-shop employee, who becomes stricken with blackouts and memories of another life only to find that he has a form of dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with a mercenary.
Release Date: 30 March, 2022
Baz Luhrmann’s epic Elvis biopic starring Austin Butler as Elvis Presley is set to hit our screens this June, and the world eagerly awaits to see if the former Disney star can pull of what could be a performance of a lifetime. The biopic pioneers the rocky talent-manager relationship between Elvis and Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks), as well as serving as a chronicle to Elvis’ life as a musician, actor, and The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Release Date: 24 June, 2022
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
Finally, we have a title – and a first-glimpse at Amazon’s LOTR adaptation that takes us back to Middle Earth, only this time, viewers will discover how the nine rings of power came to be. The story will take place in Tolkien’s Second Age era, millennia before the events of ‘The Hobbit’ and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. That price tag for the first season doesn’t come cheap, either. In fact, the series will be the most expensive television series ever produced, estimated to be costing $450 million.
Release Date: 2 September, 2022