Warner Bros. gives us an astonishing first look at The Matrix 4 as well as updates for The Batman and Dune at CinemaCon held on Tuesday, August 24, 2021.

Last night at CinemaCon, movie theater owners from around the country and around the world gathered at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas to get a look at the upcoming Warner Bros. films headed to their theaters. The exciting showcase certainly excited a lot of moviegoers and might just be enough to get people to fill up movie theater seats over the next 7 months.

The Matrix Resurrections

Warner Bros. debuted The Matrix 4 for The Matrix Ressurections‘ first footage at CinemaCon last night although the footage hasn’t been made available online.

“Keanu Reeves is back, rocking his long hair and a short beard, as a new take on Neo. This Neo does not remember his life before, the one we followed through the original Matrix trilogy two decades ago. Instead, when Trinity asks him, “Have we met?” he doesn’t know. The woman he once loved is a stranger to him but not for long.” Says Brandon Davis of Comicbook.com

The Batman

One of the most highly-anticipated films of 2022, Warner Bros. brought the audience an extended behind-the-scenes look of The Batman to CinemaCon.

The featurette opened with Bruce Wayne walking to the tune of ominous piano music from Michael Giacchino. “For some reason, Batman has always stood to as one of the major characters of the 20th century,” the film’s star, Robert Pattinson explains. We see him in the cowl, removing it, and the tones of the film are heavily black and grey, remaining dark and appearing hopeless.

Reeves promises this is “radically different” from the other Batman movies. How? We haven’t seen anything “grounding it the way Year One does,” Reeves explains. The director states that this isn’t an origin story but instead shows Batman in his early days. Days filled with rage and learning his way. Meanwhile, the footage shows Batman brutally beating up goons in what looks like a dark prison set, lit only by the alarming color of a red light. Explosions, police officers, and dark chaos fill out the footage.

“He’s really working out this rage,” Pattinson said. “All the fights seem very personal.” He uses various weapons, pipes included, to beat down enemies.

“We can’t wait for you to see The Batman in theaters, next year,” Reeves concludes. This leads to a slightly updated version of the original trailer from 2020’s DC FanDome event popping up on the screen, with a bit more action involving Catwoman, a red “2022,” slate at the end, and a voice-over from The Riddler: “You’re a part of this, too.” Bruce responds over the dark screen with a question: “How am I a part of this?” “You’ll see.”

Dune

Dune is a sci-fi film that focuses on Paul Atreides. A brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, He must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence, only those who can conquer their own fear will survive.

The Denis Villeneuve film stars Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Timothee Chalamet, David Dastmalchian, Dave Bautista, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, and more.

A behind-the-scenes featurette shows the many vast, practical sets. “I was instantly invested in the characters,” Zendaya said early in the clip. “This movie is really kind of this heroic journey,” Chalomet added. Isaac pointed out how many stories have been inspired by the original Dune book, referencing the likes of Star Wars and Game of Thrones. The footage showed off incredible practically built vehicles, the immersive costumes, and how the scenes went from concept art to real amazing sets.

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It looks like WB’s films are all going to be a nostalgia trip, especially with The Matrix 4 and Dune. But if we’re going to be honest, it’s The Batman we’re all truly waiting for. Let’s hope that all the hype for these films lives up to our expectations.
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