The number of films tied to geek culture has expanded rapidly in recent years, accounting for a bigger and bigger percentage of Hollywood releases.  "Best in Shows" is the ICv2 list of geek films, arranged by quarter, with some context for each.  Dates and other information are updated until release with new info as we get it.  To see all the periods we’re covering, see the "Best in Shows Index."

Tom & Jerry 
April 16
Warner Bros. announced this date for the live-action/ animation hybrid film directed by Tim Story.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
May 7
This second Marvel film featuring the powerful mystic will star Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen.  The storyline will connect directly to the storyline of WandaVision, which will appear on Disney+.

John Wick 4
May 21

Lionsgate announced this date for the next installment of the adventures of the retired hitman played by Keanu Reeves.

Akira
Warner Bros. named this date for its long-gestating Akira live action feature, to be directed by Thor: Ragnarok helmer Taika Waititi (see “’Geek Movie Round-Up”).

DC Super Pets
May 21
Warner Bros. announced this film in January 2019. It will be directed by Jared Stern and Same Levine, and produced by Patty Hicks. The pets of DC Superheroes (Superman’s dog Krypto, Batman’s dog Ace the Bat-Hound, Supergirl’s cat Streaky) formed their own crime-fighting group which has appeared in a children’s series, and as a short on Cartoon Network’s DC Nation.

Cruella
May 28
Emma Stone will play Cruella de Vil in this live-action take on the 101 Dalmations characters, with Emma Thompson also taking a starring role (see "Thompson in 'Cruella'").

Jurassic World 3
June 11
Universal Pictures announced this third film for the dinosaur adventure series well ahead of the June 22 opening of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Colin Trevorrow, director of the 2015 reboot, and co-writer of Fallen Kingdom will write the new feature with Emily Carmichael (co-writer of Pacific Rim Uprising).

Untitled Pixar Animation Film
June 18
In April 2017, Disney reserved this date for a Pixar film.

The Batman
June 25
Warner Bros. announced this film in January 2019. Matt Reevesfilm will not star Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight, but little else is known, beyond Reeves comments that his Batman will be more in detective mode than previous films.

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