Last Updated: July 17, 2020
Warner Bros. will look to be a heavy-hitter at the box office in 2020 with a number of releases on the horizon. The entertainment company takes pride in being one of the “Big Five” American film studios. With control of New Line Cinema, DC Films, Warner Bros. Animation, TV subsidiaries, and video game development sectors, the portfolio of Warner. Bros will just keep growing. Keeping the focus on the feature film side of the company, 2020 will look to be an exciting year for moviegoers thanks to their impressive slate.
Warner Bros. will look to match and exceed the success from their 2019 titles. Following the release of Aquaman as the closeout to the 2018 box office, Warner Bros. released The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part to kick off their list of anticipated titles. 2019 also saw the release of big titles such as Shazam!, Detective Pikachu, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, It Chapter Two, and Doctor Sleep. Of course, the company also had its hand in releasing Joker, the film which recently acquired the most nominations at this year’s Oscars.
The 2020 Warner Bros. schedule features a number of long-awaited sequels as well as a few franchise reboots and remakes. In addition, there will be a slew of original storytelling featuring stellar casts and filmmakers. That said, here’s what Warner Bros. is releasing in 2020.
The Warner Bros. 2020 slate kicked off with the Margot Robbie-led DCEU film, Birds of Prey. The movie, directed by Cathy Yan, follows Harley Quinn (Robbie) and her new allies like Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) as they fight to take down a crime lord named Black Mask (Ewan McGregor). Birds of Prey is a follow-up to and spinoff of 2016’s Suicide Squad.
Ben Affleck stars in this sports drama, directed by Gavin O’Connor (Miracle, The Accountant). The movie shares the story of Jack Cunningham (Affleck), a man suffering from the loss of his family due to his alcoholism. He tries to turn his life around when an opportunity comes along after his alma mater is in desperate need of a high school basketball coach. The Way Back also stars Al Madrigal, Michaela Watkins, Janina Gavankar, and Glynn Turman.
The Scooby-Doo film franchise is getting the reboot treatment with the arrival of SCOOB!, a new animated movie directed by Tony Cervone that ended up releasing straight to video on demand, thanks to the Coronavirus. SCOOB! serves as a new origin story of sorts since it follows as a young Scooby-Doo meets Shaggy and the gang. Frank Welker is the only original voice actor to reprise his role with his work for Scooby-Doo while Will Forte, Zac Efron, Gina Rodriguez, Amanda Seyfried round out the rest of the main cast. SCOOB! will mark the first installment of the planned Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe.
Christopher Nolan’s next mind-bending film will make its debut this summer. Tenet follows a secret agent (John David Washington) who must use time travel to prevent World War III. The cast of the action thriller also includes Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh. The first Tenet trailer was released ahead of showings for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
The Conjuring 3 serves as a sequel to the first two Conjuring films as well as the eighth installment in the Conjuring Universe. Rather than act as the director like the previous installments, James Wan is the producer while Michael Chaves takes over. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles of Ed and Lorraine Warren as the paranormal investigators fight for a young boy. It centers on the first case in history that featured a murder suspect claiming demonic possession as part of their defense.
Patty Jenkins’ follow-up to 2017’s Wonder Woman will now arrive in theaters in August, after Coronavirus caused its scheduled June release to be postponed. Wonder Woman 1984 will take Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) to the ’80s as she faces two new foes. The first is an archaeologist named Barbara Ann Minerva (Kristen Wiig), who turns into Cheetah, while the other is a businessman named Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal). Diana will also reunite with her lover, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), who was thought to have died decades prior.
Based on the novel by Michael Koryta, Those Who Wish Me Dead is described as a neo-western thriller. The movie directed by Taylor Sheridan (Wind River), centers on a murder witness who is being followed by assassins through the Montana wilderness. The man has a survival expert to protect him but an intense wildfire makes that mission much more difficult. Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Hoult, Tyler Perry, Jon Bernthal, and Aidan Gillen are set to star in the thriller.
Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is the first installment of a two-part adaptation based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel. Set in the far future, Dune tells the tale of Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) after he takes control of the desert planet Arrakis, aka Dune. The planet is the source of a drug that extends human life and provides superhuman powers. Leto and his son, Paul (Timothée Chalamet) travel to the planet for a mining operation but encounter many enemies as well as giant sandworms while on their journey. The large ensemble cast also includes Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem.