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Next year set to be big one at flicks


While Covid could yet play havoc with release dates, 2022 looks set to be a terrific 12 months at the flicks.

Comic-book adaptation­s, Tom Cruise continuing to defy his age, dinosaurs on the loose and finally – fingers crossed – a return to James Cameron’s Pandora are all on the cards as I examine the 10 biggest movies coming to multiplexe­s next year.

●The Batman (March) – If the trailers are anything to go by then Robert Pattinson’s outing under the cowl is going to be dark, disturbing and soaked in noirish glory.

●Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (April) – The first two films in this series haven’t set the world alight, but with Jude Law primed for a bigger role and Mads Mikkelsen replacing Johnny Depp as Grindelwal­d, we may just be treated to more magic this time.

●Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May) – Teased at the end of Spider-man: No Way Home, Benedict

Cumberbatc­h’s second solo outing as the wacky wizard looks like it will outweird its predecesso­r.

●Top Gun: Maverick (May) – Thirtysix years on from the original Tom Cruise still has a need for speed as he returns to one of his most iconic roles.

●John Wick: Chapter 4 (May) – Very little is known about Keanu Reeves’ fourth turn as the one-man wrecking crew, but it’s sure to be delightful­ly outlandish bone-crunching brilliance.

●Jurassic World: Dominion (June) –

Fallen Kingdom’s climax was divisive, however it teases an exciting new direction, while Sam Neil and Laura Dern make welcome returns to the franchise.

●Lightyear (June) – Bizarrely, Tim Allen isn’t voicing the space ranger in his debut solo flick, although Chris Evans is a fine replacemen­t and Taika Waititi is also on board.

●Thor: Love and Thunder (July) – Natalie Portman’s Jane is back, while Christian Bale joins the MCU as Gorr the God Butcher and the Guardians of the Galaxy hitch a ride with Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder.

●The Flash (November) – While it’s great the Scarlet Speedster finally gets his lead big-screen bow, the real tantalisin­g selling point is the return of Michael Keaton’s Batman as multiverse shenanigan­s abound.

●Avatar 2 (December) – It’s only taken 13 years for the sequel to the biggest film of all time’s arrival; here’s hoping James Cameron has still got it.

 ?? ?? Batter up The Batman is set to be one of 2022’s biggest movies
Batter up The Batman is set to be one of 2022’s biggest movies

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