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."

The Batman
October 1
Warner Bros. announced this film in January 2019. Matt Reeves’ film will star Robert Pattinson in the title role, with Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, and Andy Serkis as Pennyworth. Moved back from June 2020 in the coronavirus shuffle.

Untitled Allspark Film
October 1
This untitled event film may be the first crossover film in the Hasbro shared cinematic universe.

Untitled  Disney Live Action Film
October 8
Walt Disney Studios claimed this date, along with several others, on May 7, 2019 as part of an extensive scheduling slate for Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, and Star Wars films (see “Disney Reserves Dates for Three New 'Star Wars' Features”). This way, none of its extensive portfolio of studios cannibalize their siblings’ time in the spotlight.

Untitled Transformers Movie
June 24
Paramount reserved this date in May of 2020.  At that time, it had two Transformers live-action features in development; it’s unclear which one will make it to screen.

Mission: Impossible 7
November 19
The seventh in the Tom Cruise series was moved here from July of 2021 in the coronavirus shuffle.

Untitled Disney Animation Film
November 24
In April 2017, Disney reserved this date for another animated feature.

Spider-Man Homecoming 3
December 17; Pushed Back From November
Moved to this date from July 2021 in the coronavirus shuffle.  Disney cancelled the third Homecoming movie after a split with Sony. Later, Disney re-scheduled it for this release date after the two studios negotiated an agreement that allowed for Kevin Feige to remain on creative point and Tom Holland to play Spider-Man (see "Sony, Disney Reconcile"). In 2020, Disney gave up their Avatar 2 slot in December, and Sony pushed this movie back to fill that slot (see "'Spider-Man' Snaps Up 'Avatar 2' Slot")

Sherlock Holmes 3
December 22
Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures set this date for the third outing of the famous detective (Robert Downey Jr.) and his sidekick Dr. Watson (Jude Law). It’s been nine years since the sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, appeared in theaters, but it made $545.4 million worldwide at the box office.

Black Adam
December 21
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson announced this as the release date for his Black Adam movie (see "The Rock's 'Black Adam' Gets Date").

Click here for Best in Shows, Q1 2022.