Eight months after Warner Bros. shook Hollywood with the announcement that its 2021 slate would debut day-and-date in theaters and on HBO Max, the studio used CinemaCon to reassure theater homeowners it was nonetheless very a lot within the theatrical film enterprise.
Warners confirmed off clips from the studio’s upcoming slate, together with the primary trailer from the newly titled The Matrix: Resurrections (Dec. 22) and a more in-depth take a look at The Batman (March 4, 2022) and Dune (Oct. 22), in addition to footage from James Wan’s Malignant, Clint Eastwood’s Cry Macho, The Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark and the Will Smith starrer King Richard.
Jeff Goldstein, president of home distribution, and Andrew Cripps, president of worldwide theatrical distribution, appeared in a pre-taped video for the presentation. Goldstein famous studio has put out 13 new movies in theaters in the course of the pandemic period and praised homeowners for maintaining audiences coming — after which launched its upcoming movies, maybe most notably The Matrix: Resurrections.
Forward of the presentation, little was identified in regards to the fourth The Matrix – not even the premise or the title. The movie comes from authentic co-director Lana Wachowski and consists of authentic trilogy stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, who had been each closely featured in a trailer performed for CinemaCon audiences however not launched on-line.
The trailer started with Thomas Anderson (Reeves) in remedy, telling his therapist, “I had goals that weren’t simply goals. Am I loopy?” He senses one thing shouldn’t be fairly proper with the world, however he has no reminiscence of The Matrix. Later, he runs into a lady (Moss) at a espresso store. They shake arms, and there appears to be one thing between them, however neither one remembers the opposite. Reeves’ Thomas spends his days taking prescription blue capsules, and questioning why everybody in his world is glued to their telephones — trying round and realizing he’s the one one on a crowded elevator not taking a look at a tool.
Finally, Reeves’ Thomas runs into a person who’s paying homage to Morpheus, the liberty fighter performed by Laurence Fishburne within the authentic trilogy. This mysterious man arms Anderson a pink capsule, and shortly we see footage of him in The Matrix, with the movie following some related beats of the unique, together with Neo preventing the Morpheus-like determine in a dojo, and a picture of Neo in an incubator.
The unique Matrix turned a defining sci-fi motion movie with vital affect on the style. It received 4 Oscars within the classes of visible results, modifying, sound modifying and sound. The signature VFX — generally known as the “bullet time” impact — went on to be extensively utilized in leisure. The trailer proven at CinemaCon exhibits there will probably be an analogous visible fashion to the unique, in addition to some recent VFX trickery.
“From the second I learn the script, it completely introduced again these recollections,” mentioned Goldstein, who labored on the primary Matrix. “I used to be utterly floored.”
The studio additionally confirmed off The Batman with a sizzle reel. The footage of The Batman comes nearly precisely one yr to the day after the primary trailer debuted for the Matt Reeves-directed comedian e-book movie, which stars Robert Pattinson because the Darkish Knight. The movie additionally consists of Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon and Andy Serkis as Alfred, and villains corresponding to Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Colin Farrell as The Penguin Paul Dano as The Riddler.
Reeves famous the movie was partially impressed by Batman: 12 months One, the seminal work from author Frank Miller, whereas Pattinson mirrored on how this model of Batman is totally different than these seen onscreen earlier than.
“He’s actually understanding this rage,” mentioned Pattinson in a featurette. “All of the fights appear very private.”
The Warner Bros. presentation additionally signaled what seems will probably be a really massive yr for Oscar-nominated cinematographer Greig Fraser (Lion), who lensed each Dune and The Batman — creating distinctly totally different but each epic appears for every.
CinemaCon comes as theater homeowners fret over the shattering of the theatrical window amid the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier displays from Sony and MGM noticed executives from these studios tout that their movies didn’t go to streaming companies and theaters concurrently. In December, Warner Bros. roiled the trade with the announcement that its whole 2021 slate would debut day-and-date in theaters and on HBO Max, which like Warners, is owned by WarnerMedia. The transfer was met with backlash from theater homeowners and expertise, together with filmmaker Christopher Nolan, who had a long-time relationship with the studio, and Dune‘s Denis Villeneuve.
Warners will resume giving movies an unique theatrical window subsequent yr, with its 2022 slate going into theaters for 45 days below a deal made public earlier this month. In the meantime, the studio is growing movies straight for HBO Max, together with the upcoming DC titles Batgirl and Blue Beetle.
On the prime of the presentation, Cripps spoke of the ability of the movie show, evaluating it favorably to watching a movie at residence.
“Seems measurement does matter,” mentioned Cripps. “Watching Godzilla vs. Kong in your iPad doesn’t pack the identical punch as going to the films.”