Recap: Footage Reveals From The Warner Bros. Pictures Presentation at CinemaCon 2023
CinemaCon is underway and is giving audiences a sneak peek at everything upcoming in the world of film. Today, Warner Bros. Pictures, which is celebrating its 100th year, screened content from its slate of films that are releasing this year.
With films spanning various genres, including horror, musicals, comedy and action-adventure, Warner Bros. Pictures had a lot to tease this year. With the majority of the films dropping during the summer and winter months, there is a lot to look forward to for the remainder of the calendar year.
Their presentation began with a sizzle reel of their 100 years in the business and, at the end, included brief snippets of films coming out this year, including the first look at Anya Taylor-Joy in the Mad Max: Fury Road prequel, Furiosa.
Check out the some of biggest reveals from the Warner Bros. Pictures presentation at CinemaCon below:
Dune: Part II
The highly anticipated sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s Dune was one of the highlights of the Warner Bros. Pictures panel at CinemaCon. Stars of the film Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet, and Villeneuve were in attendance to share the first trailer from the upcoming film with the audience.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
Footage was shown of the upcoming Aquaman sequel that featured a team-up between two unlikely allies Arthur (Jason Momoa) and his brother, Orm (Patrick Wilson), as they fight to save Atlantis from a shared threat, Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). Audience members got glimpses of Nicole Kidman back as Queen Atlanna, as well as Amber Heard back as Mera. There was also a scene with Arthur and his father, Thomas (Temuera Morrison) and a baby – who’s baby? Well, of course, that much wasn’t revealed. However, it will be exciting to see once the film releases on December 25, 2023.
The Color Purple
The audiences at CinemaCon were graced with the presence of director Blitz Bazawule and producer Oprah Winfrey to introduce the first trailer for the upcoming movie musical, The Color Purple. Not only did Bazawule and Winfrey introduce the trailer, but audiences also had the chance to witness a brief Q&A with some of the film’s cast. Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks and Taraji P. Henson spoke with Winfrey about their roles in the film, what being part of The Color Purple means to them, and for Barrino and Brooks, what it was like to work on their first feature films.
One of the most highly-anticipated movies coming out in 2023 is Greta Gerwig’s Barbie. Boasting an all-star cast including Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken, the pair joined co-stars America Ferrera and Gerwig on stage at CinemaCon. The trio spoke about their roles in the film, including Gosling speaking about his “Kenergy.”
CinemaCon audiences were treated to the Blue Beetle trailer on the big screen, as well as appearances by the film’s stars Xolo Maridueña and Bruna Marquezine, as well as director Angel Manuel Soto. The trio discussed their excitement for the film and shared why they believe audiences will relate to the story and enjoy it. While the film was initially set to debut on HBO Max, Blue Beetle will now be theatrically released on August 18, 2023.
The Nun II
Horror fans will be delighted to know that The Nun II will be released in theatres on September 8, 2023. At CinemaCon, audiences were shown an extended clip from the film that led into the trailer for the upcoming sequel. Of course, to add to the spooky atmosphere in the theatre, upside-down cross projections took over the stage, walls and flooring.
At the event, Warner Bros. shared the latest trailer for The Flash on the big screen a few hours before CinemaCon attendees were shown an advance screening of the unfinished film prior to its June 16 theatrical release. While we cannot say anything about the film outside of general reactions, Sasha Calle’s Supergirl is a welcome new addition to the DC cinematic family.