1. Aquaman, December 21
Warner Bros.’ comic book hero Aquaman stars Jason Momoa, Friday Night Lights star Patrick Wilson, Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Dolph Lundgren, and Amber Heard. It’s the first tentpole film from acclaimed filmmaker James Wan (The Conjuring, Insidious). The plot is a mystery, but the swaggering DC hero has appeared in five other films. The studio’s other Aquaman projects are reportedly Batgirl and Birds of Prey.
2. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, November 9
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is filmed as a stop-motion animation with green, animatronic snowflakes. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the grumpy green menace, who invites his neighbors to a Christmas pageant and the extended holiday. The picture also stars Angela Lansbury, Kenan Thompson, Pharrell Williams, Jeff Goldblum, Mindy Kaling, Bob Odenkirk, and Angela Lansbury. It is, understandably, a reboot of the Jim Carrey version from 2000.
3. Wreck-It Ralph 2, November 21
Released in 2011, Wreck-It Ralph was among the first Disney 2D films, a throwback to classic cartoons. It star John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, and Taraji P. Henson. The sequel is directed by Rich Moore, the animator behind 2010’s Cars 2.
4. Assassin’s Creed, November 22
Michael Fassbender, who was Oscar-nominated for his role in Steve Jobs, is executive producer on the sci-fi mystery drama Assassin’s Creed. Based on the hit video game, it tells the story of a digital computer “that unlocks the secret of his ancestor’s immortality.”
5. Second Act, November 22
Hollywood veteran Jennifer Lopez stars in the update of the rom-com classic as a successful New Yorker who’s forced to reenter the dating world. Milo Ventimiglia co-stars.
6. Creed II, December 21
Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone return as the fighters Apollo Creed and his son Adonis. The new movie, inspired by the popular Rocky movie series, centers on the prize-winning Creed, and the consequences of his earlier failings.
7. Joker, November 2
Helmed by acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese, the latest from Joker is billed as a “dark and twisted psychological thriller” that also looks at his family life and his troubled origins. Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, and Zazie Beetz are also involved.
8. Mary Poppins Returns, December 19
In 1963, the adventures of the magical nanny Mary Poppins came to life in the iconic 1964 film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke are reprising their roles, but this time, the films takes place in Depression-era London instead of 1926. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, and Meryl Streep are also set to star.