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I Am Vengeance: Hidden Details You Might’ve Missed in The Batman’s Main Trailer
On October 16, 2021, DC Films released the second full-length trailer for The Batman (2022) during the DC FanDome event. Fans of the Caped Crusader have eagerly awaited new details regarding this film, especially since its release date was delayed due to COVID-19. A new trailer means another opportunity to don our detective hats and search for hidden details, one carefully composed frame after another.
Director Matt Reeves and his cast and crew know all too well that film buffs love theorizing about movies that have yet to hit theaters, and The Batman ‘s most recent trailer has enough easter eggs to tide fans over until the March 4, 2022, premiere. We’re pretty sure that we broke the replay button while rewatching this trailer over and over again. As a result, we’ve found several hidden details that others might have missed. You have questions — and we have answers, theories and trivia galore.
Who Plays Batman in the New 2022 Movie?
No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. That is Robert Pattinson’s chiseled jawline protruding from the Bat Cowl. The English actor is the next in a long line of Batmen that include the likes of Adam West, Christian Bale, George Clooney and Val Kilmer. Pattinson actually wore Val Kilmer’s Batsuit while he was auditioning for the role alongside Nicholas Hoult.
Robert Pattinson was always fascinated by Batman and jumped at the chance to craft an “out of control” version of the character with Matt Reeves. The actor has long been exclusively identified as Edward Cullen from the Twilight franchise, despite turning out harrowing performances in films like Good Time (2017) and The Lighthouse (2019). Pattinson’s turn as Batman may put the final nail in his typecasting coffin.
What Story Is The Batman Based On?
Numerous other films and comic books have inspired the aesthetic and story of The Batman . Several David Fincher projects , including Se7en (1995) and Zodiac (2007), have heavily influenced the setting, tone and possibly even the story of Matt Reeves’ new film. On the comic book front, aspects of Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman: Year One and Batman: Ego are purportedly woven into Matt Reeves and Peter Craig’s script.
The Bat-Signal’s Location
- The Bat-Signal is typically located atop the GCPD headquarters. In this film, it seems tucked away in an area that’s still under construction. This mirrors Batman’s fledgling crime-fighting career and the fact that his legacy is still “under construction,” so to speak. It also implies that Jeffrey Wright’s Commissioner Gordon might have to keep his conversations with Batman off the record.
Familiar Face Paint
- Batman stalks, then squares off against, a group of young men who all wear face paint. The majority of these young men seem to be wearing skull-themed makeup. However, several of them wear face paint that bears an eerie resemblance to past Jokers.
The New Bat Symbol
- Many fans believe that Robert Pattinson’s Batman welded parts of the gun that was used to kill his parents into his suit. The new Bat Symbol is prominently displayed at several points throughout the trailer, and it does seem to bear a metallic sheen akin to gunmetal.
Arkham State Hospital
- Batman visits Arkham State Hospital to interrogate the Riddler. Arthur Fleck visited a building with this exact name in Joker (2019), suggesting that these two films share some sort of connection.
Hidden Details Return
Batman and Catwoman’s Relationship
- The Bat and the Cat have a long, flirtatious history both in print and on the big screen. Zoe Kravitz will portray Catwoman, who seems to be genuinely interested in Batman. Batman and Catwoman have gotten married in the comics — on several occasions , to be specific.
- Andy Serkis will portray Alfred Pennyworth in this film, and he looks much more rugged and world-weary than previous iterations of the character. The scars on Alfred’s face likely stem from his extensive military history and his service as an MI6 agent.
Batman’s Crime Board
- We see Batman standing atop an impromptu, spray-painted crime board halfway through the trailer. Several names and phrases are visible, each one linked to a Riddler question mark in the center. The phrase “the sins of my father?” is perhaps the most eye-catching feature. It suggests that Thomas Wayne might have had dirt on his hands, as he did in Joker .
The Court of Owls
- The Court of Owls is a cult with deep ties to Gotham City and the Wayne family. One of Batman’s wristguards bears a strong resemblance to the Court’s Talon enforcers . Lies and deception seem to play a big part in this film’s narrative. Someone might be fooling Batman into serving as an unwitting pawn.
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The Penguin and the Iceberg Lounge
- Colin Farrell will portray the Penguin in this film, and he already seems to have plenty of skin in the organized crime game. We see Batman fight his way through a heavily armed club in several shots. This is likely the Iceberg Lounge, Penguin’s base of operations in the comics.
- The new Batmobile has a janky, jury-rigged aesthetic. It’s not a technological marvel like the Tumbler or the Tim Burton Batmobiles. Rather, it’s a souped-up muscle car that Batman customized to chase down criminals. This seems very evocative of the Pursuit Special from the Mad Max franchise. Max Rockatansky is another character who regularly grapples with his inner demons, so this detail might not be a coincidence.
The Gotham Clock Tower
- Batman dives off of a large clock tower near the end of the trailer. Long-time Batman fans will know that Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, sets up shop in the Gotham Clock Tower when she becomes the Oracle later in her career.
- Two songs play throughout the trailer — a theatrical rendition of Nirvana’s “Something in the Way” and a foreboding score that effectively functions as this Batman’s theme song. “Something in the Way” refers to a dark period in singer/songwriter Kurt Cobain’s life when he was coping with feelings of depression. If the score at the end of the trailer sounds familiar, it’s because it borrows a few chords from John Williams’ “The Imperial March.”
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The Best Movie Trailers Of 2022
A well-crafted movie trailer is a magical thing to behold. From hearing the first familiar strains of an iconic theme, to seeing a first glimpse at a showstopping setpiece, or witnessing a star’s surprising transformation for their role, the best movie trailers can be miniature works of art in their own right. In 2022, with cinema celebrating its first full year back in business post-COVID, there has been no shortage of top-notch teasers designed to thrill, entice, entertain, and enchant us. Read Empire ’s list of the very best trailers that had us talking and adding to our ever-growing watchlist over the last 12 months.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
The first teaser for Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever isn’t just one of 2022’s best film trailers – it’s a bona fide all-timer. Paying poignant tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman’s legacy, the teaser – set to Tems’ soulful cover of ‘No Woman No Cry’, spine-tinglingly segueing into Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Alright’ – shows us a Wakanda in mourning the loss of king T’Challa, and seeking a path forwards. Beautifully shot, mesmerically edited, and emotionally charged, it perfectly set the tone for the profound exploration of love, loss, and grief that was to follow.
Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny
If a great ‘legacyquel’ trailer is a balancing act between nostalgic callbacks and fresh ideas, then the title-revealing teaser for James Mangold’s Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny is an expert tightrope walker. The familiar strains of John Williams’ iconic theme, and a grin-inducing climactic whip cracking display classily tip a fedora to Indy adventures past. Elsewhere, the 1969 space race setting , impressive shots of a de-aged Harrison Ford, and first looks at new characters including Mads Mikkelsen’s villainous Voller and Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Indy’s goddaughter Helena remind us that it’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks. Besides, as a wise man once taught us, it’s not the years honey… it’s the mileage. And this one’s got it where it counts. Wait – wrong Harrison Ford character!
Child’s Play ’s over, Chucky – there’s a new death-bringing doll on the block and her name is M3GAN! From the moment the internet first saw the murderously loyal emotional-support-android’s killer dance moves in the trailer for Blumhouse’s latest – from the team behind the delightfully batshit Malignant – it was clear horror’s newest icon had arrived. Taylor Swift’s ‘It’s Nice To Have A Friend” makes for darkly humorous accompaniment to scenes of M3GAN chasing a school bully on all fours like a feral animal. Whether it is, in fact, nice to have a friend who may be the AI antichrist remains to be seen – but in trailer form, it’s heavenly.
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse
After the groundbreaking Into The Spider-Verse , it looks like directing trio Kemp Powers, Joaquin Dos Santos, and Justin Thompson are about to change the game again with the sequel. This first trailer opens on a tender note, with Miles Morales’ mother Rio (Luna Lauren Vélez) monologuing about her boy’s coming-of-age. And then, we’re thrust headfirst into the madness of the Multiverse to meet a veritable who’s-who of Spider-People – Oscar Isaac’s Spider-Man 2099! Issa Rae’s Spider-Woman! Superior Spider-Man! Bombastic Bag-Man! – in an eye-popping kaleidoscope of animation styles. Thwipping brilliant stuff!
Making good on the promise that we should expect the unexpected from Greta Gerwig ’s Barbie movie, the first trailer for the Lady Bird filmmaker’s paean to all things pink is a doozy. Playfully homaging Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey with a Mattelian monolith formed from Barbie’s legs and an inspired tossed-doll match-cut, the teaser offers only the briefest of glimpses at Gerwig’s hyper-stylised fantasia and Margot Robbie in the titular role – but it’s plenty enough to have us hyped for #HotPinkSummer2023. Come on Barbie, let’s go party!
Premiering as a post-credit sting to Ti West’s X in cinemas stateside, the trailer for ‘X-traordinary origin story’ Pearl doubled as a surprise reveal that the film audiences had just seen was actually the first instalment in what was then a duology (now a trilogy, with MaXXXine on the way ). UK audiences still have to wait til March to see how Mia Goth ’s horny old murderess came to be, but the trailer – in all its wacky, technicolour, Wizard Of Oz -riffing glory (spot the scarecrow!) – promises yet another “goddamn fucked up horror picture”.
Ryan Reynolds is so adept at breaking the internet these days, he can do it without even leaving the house. From his sofa, he revealed the return of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in the first teaser for Deadpool 3 – a tongue-in-cheek clip in which he exasperatedly admits he’s fresh out of ideas for Wade Wilson’s MCU debut. Then Jackman appears, casually strolling up the stairs in the background, and Reynolds pops the question: “Hey Hugh, wanna play Wolverine one more time?” And with three simple words – “Yeah, sure Ryan” – the entire Marvel fandom lost its chimichangas.
In 1985, a disgraced former DEA agent dropped 75lbs of pure cocaine into Chattahoochee National Forest, where it was promptly chomped down by a bear. Thus, the legend of Cocaine Bear was born. Now, Elizabeth Banks has turned that legend into a "pretty insane" comedy-thriller called – you guessed it – Cocaine Bear , starring the late Ray Liotta, with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on producer duties, and featuring (we cannot stress this enough) a bear on Class A drugs . In the immortal words of Alden Ehrenreich’s character: “The bear… it fucking did cocaine!”
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
“I want to tell you a story. It’s a story you may think you know, but you don’t.” With those simple words from Ewan McGregor’s cricket narrator Sebastian, we were introduced to the dark, beautiful stop-motion world of Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio . With crooked charm, a haunting Alexandre Desplat score, and scenes promising something more emotionally and thematically rich than past adaptations of the classic fairytale, this first look instantly assured viewers – as if there was ever any doubt – they were safe in the hands of a master craftsman.
When La La Land director Damien Chazelle revealed he was making Babylon – a film set during Hollywood’s transition from the silent era to sound – it was fair to assume we’d be in for the modern Singin’ In The Rain . Until that trailer dropped. Evoking both Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street , it quickly became clear that Chazelle’s expected love letter to Tinseltown would actually be a lavishly-mounted, debauchery-filled exposé of the era’s excesses and vices . Between the Brad Pitt balcony pratfall, and Margot Robbie’s offer to “fight a fucking snake”, we were in.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3
Buckle up, everyone: it’s time to say goodbye to James Gunn ’s Guardians Of The Galaxy. And, if the trailer for Volume 3 is anything to go by, then tissues at the ready folks! Beginning with Peter Quill solemnly announcing the Milano crew will be “gone for a while”, before teasing revelations about Rocket’s heartbreaking past, Gunn’s MCU swansong (before heading up DC Films ) looks like it could cement Guardians' place in the pantheon of great film trilogies. At least its one big laugh – Drax chucking a ball directly into a kid’s face – is a real gut-buster.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
Galloping horses through the desert, sending steam trains careening off the rails, jumping off motorbikes that are already jumping off cliffs – it’s all in a day’s work for real life action man Tom Cruise . And it’s all in the thrilling trailer for the epically-titled Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One , the first half of Ethan Hunt’s supposed last hurrah. The teaser for Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie ’s latest collaboration is so spectacularly stunt-tastic that it might even manage to make the mighty Top Gun: Maverick look a little tame in comparison. Cinema’s back, baby!
With Jordan Peele ’s films, the less you know going in, the better. The trailer for sci-fi blockbuster Nope is a lesson in restraint. “What’s a bad miracle?,” Daniel Kaluuya ’s OJ Haywood – half of a sibling stunt-horse rearing double act with sister Emerald ( Keke Palmer ) – asks ominously. Featuring faces turned skyward in terror, power outages, and night skies shot like the sea of Spielberg’s Jaws , nothing is given away here, but there’s no doubt after this we were all desperate to find out.
The trend of ‘auteur autofiction’ (as nobody is yet calling it, but we’re coining it now) – a hybrid of autobiography and fiction – has been all the rage in cinema this year, with Paul Thomas Anderson, Alejandro G Iñárritu, and Kenneth Branagh all reflecting their pasts in their latest projects. Based on its goosebump-incuding first trailer, Steven Spielberg ’s The Fabelmans might just be the best of the lot. A love-letter to moviemaking from the man responsible for so many people’s love of movies, the film – boasting a stacked cast including Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, and newcomer Gabriel LaBelle as a Spielberg-proxy – is a real passion project, promising his most personal work to date.
The story of “two odd, lonely children reaching for eternity”, Baz Luhrmann ’s Elvis is a rip-roaring, operatic, bright-lights-and-banging-music odyssey chronicling the life, times, toils, and many capes of Elvis Presley as recollected by his manipulative manager, Colonel Tom Parker. This electrifying trailer gave viewers their first real look at Austin Butler ’s transformative performance as The King – a razzle-dazzle mini epic in its own right.
Like the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs, the trailer for sci-fi thriller 65 – from A Quiet Place scribes Scott Beck and Bryan Woods – came from seemingly nowhere and made a considerable impact. Produced by Sam Raimi and featuring a stern-faced Adam Driver as an interstellar pilot crash landed on prehistoric Earth, the teaser for this one has it all. Dramatic sirens! Suspicious shadows! A killer twist! If Moonfall failed to satisfy your cravings for sci-fi silliness (yes, still not over it!), we’re hopeful this’ll hit the spot.
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The Best Movies Trailers of 2022
The best of the best of this year's trailers from the kingdom of Wakanda to 'Cocaine Bear's forest
As film fans, we have a love-hate relationship with movie trailers. Sure we'll spam Twitter for Warner Bros to give us the Barbie trailer or anxiously await for Disney to give us our first look at Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny , but then there are those trailers that show too little or too much. The kinds of trailers that hint that the studio has no clue how to market a particular movie so instead will either mislead the audience or show the entire story in just under three minutes.
2022 gave us the last batch of films that were initially set to debut in 2020, which meant we as the audience had to bid farewell to trailers that had felt like mainstays. Hell, trailers for Minions: The Rise of Gru played before my showing of Sonic the Hedgehog in 2020 and then two years later in front of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 . That's pure insanity. With those holdovers finally out of the way, we received plenty of great new trailers, some of them, I'd argue, were even better than the movies they were advertising. So here are, at least in my eyes, the best trailers of 2022.
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Avatar: The Way of Water | Official Trailer
It's still kind of a fever dream that finally after 13 years of constant delays, memes, and now regrettable shrugs, we finally have the sequel to the biggest movie of all time. While the first teaser trailer that was released in front of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness served as a visually stunning reminder that we should doubt Cameron at our own peril, the second trailer which debuted in early November, ramped up the excitement even more. Not only does it give away much of the plot, but it teased a much more emotionally fulfilling film than its predecessor. Some can try and argue that the use of Lo'ak's "the way of water" speech comes off as cheesy narration for the trailer, but to me, it makes it feel all the more powerful.
Barbarian | Official Trailer
The trailer for Barbarian is effective in many ways, first off, it gives away almost nothing about the film, and because of that, this trailer made me way more interested in seeing the actual movie. I wanted to find out what the hell was going on in that basement, I wanted to know if Bill Skarsgård was some kind of monster; and was that Justin Long in the trailer? How would he fit into all of this? It's the perfect way to get the public interested in your movie, and for a film that constantly subverts your expectations, it's actually a trailer I would encourage you to watch before seeing the movie, it honestly is part of the fun.
Barbie | Teaser Trailer
Is there a recency bias with this one; maybe so; but at the same time, I can't get this damn trailer off my mind. Greta Gerwig 's Barbie is a movie that has been shrouded in mystery. It has an all-star cast with A-list stars like Margot Robbie , Ryan Gosling , Will Ferrell , Simu Liu , Issa Rae , Kate McKinnon , and the list goes on and on from there. We've seen all the viral set photos of Barbie and Ken in cowboy costumes, beach costumes, and Will Ferrell rollerblading, but we still had no clue about the actual plot of the movie, and with this teaser trailer I feel like we have even more questions than we initially did. Parodying 2001: A Space Odyssey is certainly a choice, one that will likely go over the heads of the target audience, but it's also ingenious and the brief glimpses of the actual movie at the end promise something incredibly unique.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever | Official Teaser
This isn't a ranked list, but if it was, the teaser trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever would easily be at number one. The teaser opens with Tem 's cover of "No Woman, No Cry" and sets up a Marvel movie that promised to be much more mature and more somber, and despite him not being present, you can still feel T'Challa's spirit . Don't even get me started on the transition to Kendrick Lamar 's "Alright." I leave with this, if we could give Oscars to movie trailers, this would be taking home the gold.
Cocaine Bear | Official Trailer
There's only one trailer that was released in 2022 that had a bear doing cocaine and going on a bloody rampage through the woods all set to "White Lines", and that's Cocaine Bear . I think this entry is self-explanatory. What more could you possibly want?
Elvis | Official Trailer
Elvis was apparently a lifelong passion project for Baz Luhrmann , and he'd been hyping up the biopic for years, but with the glut of so many paint-by-numbers musical biopics, the marketing department clearly knew they had to step up their game. It proudly boasts the flashy style that the Australian auteur is known for, giving us a look at Austin Butler 's incredible portrayal of the King of Rock & Roll, and an impressive soundtrack capping off with "Unchained Melody," all in the span of little over three minutes.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 | Official Trailer
When I was putting this list together, I really didn't want to include two Marvel trailers. The MCU hasn't been nearly as consistent as of late, but if there is one person you can always count on, it's James Gunn . Set to Spacehog 's "In the Meantime" the trailer promises an overwhelmingly emotional conclusion to Gunn's trilogy, and I, for one, can't wait to leave the theater as a sobbing mess. How can you not get teary-eyed looking at Baby Rocket?
John Wick: Chapter 4 Trailer | Official Trailer
No trailer gives more thrills and kickass action than a trailer for a new John Wick movie and while the teaser trailer that premiered at SDCC surely had plenty, the full trailer which was released in November was on a whole other level. Setting an action trailer to Terry Jacks ' "Seasons in the Sun" may seem like an odd choice at first glance, but those who know the lyrics to Jacks' rendition of the song know exactly why it is so fitting. With glimpses of a violent encounter between Keanu Reeves and Donnie Yen , plenty of gun-fu, familiar faces like Lance Reddick and Ian McShane , a mysterious new foe played by Bill Skarsgård , and of course some adorable but ferocious dogs, the trailer does everything right in order to get us even more excited than we already are for a new John Wick film.
M3GAN | Official Trailer
The M3GAN trailer took the internet by storm when it dropped online in mid-October, and it's easy to see why. So many trailers don't know how to sell their movies and tend to make things overcomplicated, but all the M3GAN trailer had to do was show the titular android sprinting on all fours like a rabid animal and chasing people with a knife while doing TikTok dances, all set to a Taylor Swift song. In just two and a half minutes, M3GAN became an icon.
Men | Official Teaser Trailer
In my opinion, Alex Garland 's Men was repulsive, a self-congratulatory film that felt so proud of its shallowness. On the other hand, the teaser trailer for Men is nothing short of brilliant. At 90 seconds long this teaser trailer masterfully builds up the creepiness using minimal dialogue, a creepy but understated score, a confused Jessie Buckley, and rogue Rory Kinnear s standing in the distance.
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NOPE | Official Trailer
Jordan Peele has quickly become one of the few directors in Hollywood whose name alone is enough to sell tickets. The trailers for Get Out and Us were fairly straightforward in delivering the premises of their respective films, but the first trailer for Nope on the other hand is like a puzzle. Beginning with Keke Palmer , peppy and upbeat in front of a green screen, and then concluding with her being lifted into the air. The trailer also manages to make a Stevie Wonder song sound creepy. It's the perfect balance of showing the audience something bizarre but not explaining what's going on.
Prey | Teaser Trailer
Short and simple, but the teaser trailer for Prey sends chills down your spine. There's minimal music, zero dialogue, just our lead heroine Neru running across a field, with someone (or something chasing her) and as she raises her bow, those dreaded three dots appear on her forehead. Sure the longer trailer was great as well, but these 44 seconds alone do more than enough to sell the movie and are far more effective than anything that happened in the 2018 movie, but we won't get into that here.
TÁR | Teaser Trailer 2
I'll admit that the first teaser trailer for Todd Field 's TÁR didn't do much for me, in fact, it completely turned me off on the movie. The second trailer on the other hand did exactly what a trailer is supposed to do and made the film rise to near the top of my must-watch list. The operatics, the quick editing, and the mind-bending imagery overlayed with Cate Blanchett 's narration make the film look far more like a psychological thriller than your average Oscar-bait flick. It accurately foreshadows the downfall of the titular character.
Violent Night | Official Trailer
The trailer for Violent Night is nothing short of a Christmas miracle. Not only does it put you in the holiday spirit, but it has David Harbour as Santa Claus saying "Time for some seasons beatings," before flinging an axe at a gunman. It also has him stabbing another intruder directly in the eye with a light-up Christmas star and knocking another bad guy out with a snowball. The trailer knows exactly what audience it's aiming for and actually manages to make Santa Claus the ultimate badass.
A Tale of Two Toms | Top Gun: Maverick Final Trailer/Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part 1 Teaser Trailer
It'd be a total blindspot on my part to not include the trailer for the biggest (and one of the best ) movie of 2022 on this list. Trailers for Top Gun: Maverick had been hitting the web since all the way back in 2019 (believe it or not, the first trailer premiered on the same day as the trailer for Cats ). The previous two trailers are great in their own right, but the final trailer is the one that truly sells the movie, giving us glimpses at the incredible aviation, memorable characters, and the emotional crux of the film.
The teaser trailer for Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One is a showcase of everything we've come to love about the spy franchise. Rebecca Ferguson , Tom Cruise running, beautiful locales, car chases, and of course Cruise staring death in the face and giving it the finger while doing another insane stunt. After Mission: Impossible - Fallout , many fans such as myself thought there was no possible way Cruise and McQuarrie could top themselves, but by the looks of this trailer it seems that IMF is ready to once again defy our expectations.
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The 10 Best Movie Trailers Of 2022, Ranked By Someone Who Gets Paid To Write About Movie Trailers
You might say I'm something of a scientist (read: a person who's seen a lot of movie trailers) myself.
Hello there, readers. It's me. Allie . BuzzFeed's most tolerated writer is back again with yet another ranking that makes people question their sanity — it's been a minute, I know* — and brings back a yearly tradition !
*In case you have no idea who I am or what I'm talking about, I do a lot of fairly chaotic rankings for this site. Over the years, these have included Horror Movie Jump Scares , 21st-Century Fight Scenes , Underrated Disney Songs , Shocking Plot Twists , Gory Scenes in Horror Movies , Love Declarations in Romantic Movies , Musical Moments In Non-Musical Movies , Best First Kisses , Best Movie Insults and Comebacks , and, most recently, Best Horror Movie Trailers of All Time .
In this post, I'll be ranking the best movie trailers of 2022. The only criteria for this ranking are that 1) it has to be a trailer for a feature-length film and 2) the trailer — not necessarily the movie, just the literal trailer — has to have been released in 2022*.
*So no Everything Everywhere All at Once trailer, despite the fact that it's my favorite movie of the year. Rules are rules.
So without further ado, here are the top 10 best movie trailers of 2022, ranked by someone who, as per usual, has thought just a little too hard about this:
10. m3gan , official trailer.
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Trailer release date: Oct. 11, 2022
Movie release date: Jan. 6, 2023
Why I, Personally, Think It's Great
It's the doll dancing...that's all. That's why. Any trailer that gives us an instant meme before the movie even comes out is automatically iconic.
9. Barbie , Official Teaser
Trailer release date: Dec. 16, 2022
Movie release date: July 21, 2023
While we're on the subject of dolls: I cannot stress enough that this teaser trailer, quite literally, came out the morning I finished writing this ranking, and I had no choice but to include it — bumping a different, much more dramatic trailer from this spot (sorry, Tár ). Similar to the above entry, this movie is so meme-ified, I sometimes forget it's a real movie that's actually coming out. Everything from the 2001: A Space Odyssey reference to the costumes looks incredible, and I'm convinced Margot Robbie was put on our Earth solely so we could finally get a live-action Barbie movie . Very much looking forward to making this my newest hyper-fixation!
8. Bodies Bodies Bodies , Official Teaser
Trailer release date: July 12, 2022
Movie release date: Aug. 5, 2022
A good trailer is fun to watch, but a great trailer is fun to watch while also being able to capture the tone and feel of a film in mere minutes, and the first teaser for Bodies Bodies Bodies is one of the most successful examples of that I've ever seen. The editing choices are brilliant, and although it's a fairly big cast, you get a good feel for each character. Having seen the film (it's so fun), I can say that this trailer also managed to be funny while not revealing EVERY joke (or even the BEST jokes) the movie has to offer — a rare phenomenon with comedies today.
7. Men , Official Trailer
Trailer release date: March 23, 2022
Movie release date: May 20, 2022
While the movie itself is what I like to call "a movie I certainly saw," there's no denying that the trailer is unbelievable. The highlights of the final product are very much the incredible performances by Jessie Buckley and Rory Kinnear, and this does a great job of showing them off. Plus, the sound design of this trailer deserves its own award.
6. Barbarian , Official Trailer
Trailer release date: June 23, 2022
Movie release date: Sept. 9, 2022
The first time I saw this trailer was in an actual movie theater! The first minute or so plays as if it could be a very unrealistic romantic comedy, and I was totally on board (I love very unrealistic romantic comedies). However, the sharp turn it takes midway into pure horror managed to throw me completely off guard, making me even more on board. If you haven't seen the film yet, you're missing out!
5. Black Panther : Wakanda Forever, Official Teaser
Trailer release date: July 23, 2022
Movie release date: Nov. 11, 2022
This was one of my favorite trailers to come out of 2022 San Diego Comic-Con, and if you say you didn't get emotional watching this, you're a liar. While only being a teaser trailer, it's packed with absolutely everything you'd want. The action is flawless, the transition from "No Woman No Cry" into Kendrick Lamar is masterfully done, and Angela Bassett's powerful performance is on full display. Honestly? It's just a great trailer. Period.
4. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves , Official Trailer
Trailer release date: July 21, 2022
Movie release date: March 31, 2023
While — as stated above — I loved many of the trailers to come out of San Diego Comic-Con this year, this one was by far my favorite! I was privileged enough to get the opportunity to attend this movie's panel and was in Hall H for the premiere of this trailer, and let me tell you, it played to the room beautifully. It just looks so fun and promises fans of the game plenty of Easter eggs. As someone who both recently started playing D&D weekly again this year after a long hiatus, and as someone who truly loves goofy adventure films, I will note that this movie very much looks like, as the kids would say, my shit.
3. John Wick 4 , Official Trailer
Trailer release date: Nov. 10, 2022
Movie release date: March 24, 2023
A recent trailer, I know, but if you know anything about me, Allie, the human writing this ranking, you know I absolutely love Keanu Reeves , so of course it's here. This trailer also continues the long and proud history of the John Wick franchise using some A+ music choices in the trailers, with the expert choice of " Seasons in the Sun " for this one. (The use of " The Impossible Dream " in the trailer for the third installment is still one of my favorite song choices for any movie trailer ever. Sometimes I rewatch that trailer just to feel something.) In short, as I said before , I will never get tired of this franchise. I will keep going to see them as long as they keep making them. I will go see John Wick: Chapter 35 in theaters as my dentures fall out of my mouth while I try to eat popcorn.
2. The Super Mario Bros. Movie , Official Trailer
Trailer release date: Nov. 30, 2022
Movie release date: April 7, 2023
Another more recent one, but it's easily one of my top trailers of the year. As a kid, I played almost exclusively Nintendo content (except for the Mortal Kombat games my younger brother and I snuck in without my mom knowing — sorry again, Mom) and, more specifically, Super Mario content. So seeing all of the Easter eggs and familiar faces tucked into this felt like receiving the warmest of hugs. Also, I literally popped when they revealed Rainbow Road at the end of the trailer like it was a debut at the Royal Rumble or something.
Before we get to number one, let's look at some honorable mentions, shall we?! Because this post isn't long enough, I guess??? Anyway, here are five of my other faves, in no particular order, with rapid-fire reasons:
Tár , official trailer.
RAPID-FIRE COMPLIMENT: I absolutely love the editing and sound mixing in this trailer, and it would've been on the official list if the Barbie trailer had waited another 24 hours to drop. I will give anything with Cate Blanchett in it all of my money, forever.
Scream VI , Official Teaser
RAPID-FIRE COMPLIMENT: NOTHING IS SCARIER THAN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.
Violent Night , Official Trailer
RAPID-FIRE COMPLIMENT: It's the "Season's beatings" line.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse , Official Teaser
RAPID-FIRE COMPLIMENT: Is this the most satisfying animation style of all time? I'm going to go with a hearty "YES."
Don't Worry Darling , Official Trailer
RAPID-FIRE COMPLIMENT: Movie? Bad! Press tour? Worse! Trailer? Good!
65 , Official Trailer
RAPID-FIRE COMPLIMENT: Adam Driver and dinos?! Someone's been reading the more inappropriate parts of my diary! (IDK, I'm sorry.)
Okay, on to number one, which, tbh, shouldn't be that shocking:
1. nope , final trailer.
Trailer release date: June 9, 2022
Movie release date: July 22, 2022
Nope . It's Nope . Number one is Nope . I love, love, LOVE this trailer — and not just because it actually scared the holy hell out of me in real life ( long story ) and actually inspired a whole ranking on its own ( shorter story ). It does such a wonderful job of encapsulating the feel of the full film, and overall, it just feels BIG. Like, it feels as if the movie is a BIG blockbuster and you HAVE to see it or you're missing out. I know that the film itself is a little divisive, but I was one of the people who really enjoyed Nope , and I do recommend it!
All right, my friends, you've read my rankings, but now I want to hear all about yours! What was your personal favorite movie trailer to drop in 2022? Share all of your thoughts in the comments below!
And, as usual, be nice because I do read all of my comments on these! Or don't be nice! It's okay! I'm not your mom! Or dad! Who am I? I forgot!