As the march to Christmas and the New Year continues at full speed, there are plenty of presents to be had with sneak peeks at upcoming films, television series and videos set to launch throughout the early months of 2022. From major studio movies coming to theaters just in time for the holidays to a fresh wave of anime to kick off the upcoming year, there were plenty of trailers released this past week to give fans cause to celebrate what is shaping up to be a bright 2022.
Here are all the biggest trailers, teasers and promos released across the week before Christmas 2021, including big blockbuster movies wrapping up the year and new series premieres coming to Netflix and Hulu to kick off the new year in style.
The Japanese trailer for The Batman has offered fans a better glimpse at the next big screen, live-action adventure for the Dark Knight and its depiction of the Riddler. As the puzzle-obsessed supervillain attempts to gain his arch-nemesis' attention, the serial killer develops an unhealthy fixation on Bruce Wayne, making the collision course between the two Gotham City figures all the more personal.
Directed, produced and co-written by Matt Reeves, The Batman opens in theaters on March 4.
Child of Kamiari Month
After opening in Japanese theaters this past October, the anime film Child of Kamiari Month is coming to Netflix this February and a new trailer establishes the movie's fantasy world and divine scope. As a young girl named Kanna mourns the death of her mother, she discovers a way to cross in between the worlds of humans and gods, making some magical friends along the way as she regains her love of running.
Directed by Takana Shirai, Child of Kamiari Month premieres Feb. 8 on Netflix.
The Devil Is a Part-Timer!
While it's been over eight years since the first season of The Devil Is a Part-Timer! concluded, the main cast is reassembling for Season 2 of the anime adaptation of the light novel series by Satoshi Wagahara and 029. Set to premiere in Japan this summer, a trailer for Season 2 introduces new character Alas Ramus, a young girl born from an apple, joining the returning cast as they experience the foibles of modern-day Tokyo.
Directed by Daisuke Tsukushi, The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Season 2 premieres in July 2022 in Japan.
Everything Everywhere All at Once
While the Marvel Cinematic Universe may be exploring the multiverse in films like Spider-Man: No Way Home, a very different kind of multiverse is coming to theaters this March, with Everything Everywhere All at Once. Boasting a whole host of Michelle Yeohs, the fan-favorite actor's character Evelyn Wang is the multiverse's best hope for survival as this eclectic ensemble of doppelgängers comes together.
Directed and co-written by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once opens in theaters on March 25.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
The first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore has dropped, with the fate of the Wizarding World precariously hanging in the balance. Debuting Mads Mikkelsen as Gellert Grindelwald, the dark wizard continues to build his loyalists as Albus Dumbledore and his friends scour the Earth to prevent the magical community from falling into diplomatic division as the world stands on the brink of war.
Directed by David Yates, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore opens in theaters on April 15.
The enormously popular anime franchise Fruits Basket is getting a compilation film for the first season of the 2019 adaptation of Natsuki Takaya's bestselling manga series. Titled Fruits Basket: Prelude, the compilation film re-edits the season's 25 episodes into a single feature film as Tohru Honda helps the Soma family with their magical curse linked to the Chinese zodiac.
Directed by Yoshihide Ibata, Fruits Basket: Prelude premieres in Japan Feb. 18. The anime series is available to stream through Crunchyroll and Funimation.
After Hawkeye's bombshell revelation in its penultimate episode, the impending series finale has Clint Barton and Kate Bishop prepare for a final showdown against the Tracksuit Mafia while Echo and Black Widow continue to hunt Clint through the yuletide streets of Manhattan. And with the sinister figure pulling the strings all along having been revealed, Clint and Kate will have to think fast and fight hard if they hope to survive until Christmas.
Created by Jonathan Igla, Hawkeye releases new episodes Wednesdays on Disney+.
How I Met Your Father
How I Met Your Mother's aptly titled spiritual successor How I Met Your Father is coming to Hulu next month and the first look trailer reveals a woman named Sophie looking back on her dating life in New York City. With Hilary Duff portraying the younger Sophie, the series shows the hilarious pitfalls of online dating while introducing its ensemble cast.
Created by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, How I Met Your Father premieres Jan. 18 on Hulu.
The King's Man
The early days of the United Kingdom's independent intelligence agency Kingsman are explored in the upcoming prequel film The King's Man, with the latest trailer packed with explosive World War I action. As the British spies prepare to take on Rasputin and other notorious figures from the early 20th century, the legendary covert operative Mata Hari is welcomed to lend her support.
Directed, produced and co-written by Matthew Vaughn, The King's Man opens in theaters on Dec. 22.
The Lost Kingdom
Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe and Brad Pitt are all teaming up for the action-adventure comedy film The Lost City. The debut trailer for the film introduces Bullock's novelist character going deep into the jungle with a cover model, portrayed gamely by Tatum, as they discover the perils of the wilderness while searching for the eponymous lost city.
Directed and co-written by Aaron and Adam Nee, The Lost City opens in theaters on March 25.
Minions: The Rise of Gru
Those goofy minions are back for the latest Despicable Me spinoff film Minions: The Rise of Gru, this time going bananas in the 1970s. As Felonious Gru grows up into the dastardly supervillain he was introduced as in the original Despicable Me film, the minions face the Vicious 6, a group of intimidating, global supervillains that will inspire Gru's eventual career path.
Directed by Kyle Balda, Minions: The Rise of Gru opens in theaters on July 1.
DCTV is getting a new superhero next month with Naomi, based on the acclaimed comic book character created by Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker and Jamal Campbell. As the eponymous teenage superhero begins to discover her burgeoning powers after being caught in the crossfire of a fight between Superman and an extraterrestrial enemy, Naomi learns that she has a cosmic destiny of her own.
Developed for television by Ava DuVernay, Naomi premieres Jan. 11 on The CW.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
The world of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is showcased in the upcoming prequel game Pokémon Legends: Arceus, coming to the Nintendo Switch next month. The latest trailer reveals the various clans, from dedicated merchants to bitter rivals, appearing throughout the game as players explore the Sinnoh region and team up with its various Pokémon.
Developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be released on Jan. 28 for the Nintendo Switch.
With less than a month to go until the fifth Scream film opens in theaters, the latest promo for the upcoming slasher movie has Ghostface return to menace Sidney Prescott and a new generation of high schoolers. More than simply employing a kitchen knife to claim new victims, the promo reveals Ghostface using a flamethrower while the iconic mask has received a metallic upgrade.
Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpen and Tyler Gillett, Scream opens in theaters on Jan. 14.
After previously helming the widely acclaimed Shin Godzilla in 2016, director Shinji Higuchi is reuniting with screenwriter Hideaki Anno to reimagine another classic Japanese property with Shin Ultraman. A teaser trailer for the iconic hero has a new human host for Ultraman ready himself to defend Earth from any monstrous and extraterrestrial invaders that come its way.
Directed by Shinji Higuchi, Shin Ultraman opens in Japan on May 13.
Tales of Luminaria
Bandai Namco's ambitious mobile game Tales of Luminaria is getting its own anime adaptation, with a teaser trailer setting up the epic fantasy conflict between the Jerle Federation and the Gildllan Empire who seeks to subjugate the heroes and Primal Beasts they derive their magical abilities from. The adaptation of the game follows four noble warriors ready to fight for the fate of their kingdom.
Directed by Shiori and Midori Kato, Tales of Luminaria: The Fateful Crossroad premieres Jan. 21. and will be available to stream through Funimation.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
Cultural icon Nicolas Cage good-naturedly pokes fun at himself in the upcoming action-comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Portraying a fictionalized version of himself, a financially-strapped Cage begrudgingly accepts an offer to attend a fan's birthday in Spain before being recruited for a secret mission by the CIA filled with plenty of danger and international intrigue.
Directed and co-written by Tom Gormican, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent opens in theaters on April 22.
The Witcher: Blood Origin
With The Witcher Season 2 now available to stream in its entirety on Netflix, the credits for the season finale contains a surprise teaser trailer for the upcoming prequel series The Witcher: Blood Origin. Set approximately 1200 years before the start of the main Witcher series, Blood Origin will reveal the very first Witcher and the ancient Elven civilization across its six-episode run.
Created by Declan de Barra, The Witcher: Blood Origin will premiere on Netflix, with no release date currently announced.