2023 Summer Movies to Look Forward To
So far, 2023 has been a busy movie year with films such as John Wick: Chapter 4, The Super Mario Bros. Movie, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Vol 3, and much more. The busiest time for movies is usually the summer. With the summer movie season coming up, we have more films to look forward to. June alone has so many summer films. Here are some of our most anticipated summer movies.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
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Starting this busy summer season is Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. One of the best comic book and animated films in the past five years was Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The movie will continue Miles Morales’s story, along with Gwen Stacy and Peter B. Parker, and introduce Miguel O’Hara, known as Spider-Man 2099. The main villain will be Spot, making his first appearance in a Spider-Man film. Many versions of Spider-Man will appear, including the Spider-Man from The Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon and the Insomniac games. The voice cast stars Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson, Jason Schwartzman, Issa Rae, Oscar Isaac, and Daniel Kaluuya. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is coming out on June 2, 2023.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts
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For the most part, Transformers films have gotten mixed to negative reviews from critics despite making a lot of money. Michael Bay directed all the live-action Transformers films except for Bumblebee. Steven Caple Jr. will be taking over for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, and the trailers seem to portray a Transformers film that will be different from Bay’s films and follow the direction of Bumblebee. The Transformers look more like their animated counterparts. The film will introduce Optimus Primal and the other Maximals, the Terrorcons, and the accurate version of Unicron. The film stars Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback as the lead human characters, and Peter Cullen will return from the previous films to voice Optimus Prime. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is coming out on June 9, 2023.
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Out of all the films on this list, The Flash has the most controversy surrounding it but also early positive reactions. The movie’s star, Ezra Miller, got into a lot of trouble in 2022 that almost caused the film to get scrapped or moved to HBO Max. It will also mark the end of the current DCEU, with DC Film’s president James Gunn stating this film will reset things. At the same time, all the trailers have been great. Early screenings have gotten positive reactions. The film was shown at CinemaCon and got positive reviews from attendees. Fans are excited to see the return of Michael Keaton as Batman, Ben Affleck’s last appearance as Batman, and Sasha Calle as Supergirl. At a time when superhero films are always in theaters, fans are looking for great, unique movies that will change the game, and The Flash looks like it could potentially be one of those films. Flash goes back in time to prevent his mom’s death, but lands up in an alternate reality without Metahumans, an older Batman, and Supergirl instead of Superman. The Flash is coming out on June 16, 2023.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
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Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny will be the fifth and final film in the Indiana Jones series. Harrison Ford returns as Indiana Jones to prevent the Dial from falling into the wrong hands, going on an adventure with his goddaughter Helena Shaw, played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Also starring in the film are Mads Mikkelson, Antonio Banderas, and John Rhys-Davies, returning as Sallah. Mikkelson will play the movie's antagonist The director is James Mangold, known for directing Logan, instead of Steven Spielberg. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is coming out on June 30, 2023.
Mission: Impossible-Dead Reckoning Part 1
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One of the best franchises in the last twelve years has been the Mission: Impossible series. Since the 2011 hit Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol, these films have changed the franchise for the better. Once again directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Mission: Impossible-Dead Reckoning Part 1 will be part one of the conclusion to Ethan Hunt’s story. Ethan Hunt and the crew need to find a weapon that threatens the world. Tom Cruise returns as Hunt, with returning cast members Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, and Rebecca Ferguson. Hayley Atwell and Esai Morales join the cast, with Morales playing the movie’s antagonist. Mission: Impossible-Dead Reckoning Part 1 is coming out on July 12, 2023.
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Working with Universal Studios for the first time, Christopher Nolan decided to make a biographical film on J. Robert Oppenheimer, who contributed to the creation of the atomic bomb. Cillian Murphy, known for being in most of Nolan’s films, will finally be the lead, playing Oppenheimer himself. Oppenheimer has a huge cast, including Robert Downey Jr, Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh, Matt Damon, Rami Malek, Josh Peck, and other stars. Nolan is one of my favorite directors, and while his recent films may not be his best work, he still makes solid films. Oppenheimer is coming out on July 21, 2023.
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Believe it or not, Barbie has gotten a lot of hype. Based on the popular toy, the movie will be about Barbie going into the real world to find true happiness. Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling star in the film as Barbie and Ken. The director for Barbie is Great Gerwig, who has directed Academy Award-nominated films such as Lady Bird and Little Women. Barbie is coming out on July 21, 2023.
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DC will end the big summer movie season with Blue Beetle. The movie will star Cobra Kai star Xolo Mariduena as Jaime Reyes, who becomes Blue Beetle. The film also stars Adriana Barraza, Damian Alcazar, Susan Sarandon, and George Lopez. While it’s unknown if Blue Beetle will continue in Gunn’s DCU, it’s still exciting to see the character finally get his movie. Blue Beetle is coming out on August 18, 2023.
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