‘CinemaCon 2023’ Wrap Recap

Calling all cinema goers and cinephiles, CinemaCon 2023 is currently underway! A lot has happened within the past few years with companies facing executive shake-ups and behind-the-scenes commotion, though this year may just prove to be different. With CinemaCon underway, fan-favorite studios are showcasing some previews and exclusives from this year’s slate of movies. In case you missed out, here are the biggest announcements from the convention.

We’ll keep this page updated as the convention continues.

General News

Title reveals for Saw X, The Expendables 4, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, and Ordinary Angels were shown at CinemaCon. The release dates of these titles follow from left to right: October 27, September 22, November 17, and October 13.

Sony Pictures

Kraven the Hunter

As its biggest announcement, Sony Pictures revealed that Kraven the Hunter will be the studio’s first R-rated Marvel movie. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the Spider-Man villain, attendees got the first look of the movie along with the first appearance of another villain, the Rhino, with Alessandro Nivola in the role. Footage of the movie was also showcased at the convention, with Kraven going all out with bloody fury.

The film will release October 5.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Preview

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse was previewed to attendees at CinemaCon with 14 minutes of footage including Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) swinging across New York a year following the events of Into the Spider-Verse. The sequel focuses on the Spider-People’s mission to stop the multiverse’s collapse while centering on Miles’ emotional journey and what it really means to become a hero.

The film will release June 2.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Sequel

The sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife sees the original cast, including McKenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Rudd and Carrie Coon, returning and donning the iconic Ghostbusters uniforms. The movie is set to see a return to New York City, the location of the original films, with the cast living under the iconic Ghostbusters firehouse. The film will release this December.

The Equalizer III

Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, and director Antoine Fuqua took the stage to announce the third-parter to The Equalizer series along with a trailer. Along with this announcement, Denzel Washington was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Fuqua and Sony boss Tom Rothman. You can check out the synopsis and the trailer down below.

The film comes out September 1.

Since giving up his life as a government assassin, Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) has struggled to reconcile the horrific things he’s done in the past and finds a strange solace in serving justice on behalf of the oppressed. Finding himself surprisingly at home in Southern Italy, he discovers his new friends are under the control of local crime bosses. As events turn deadly, McCall knows what he has to do: become his friends’ protector by taking on the mafia.

Bad Boys 4

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence introduced attendees at CinemaCon from the set of Bad Boys 4 to kick off things. Bad Boys 4 is being directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the duo that recently worked on the shelved Batgirl movie. The film is still currently being shot on location with no release date as of yet. However, the film is still expected to release some time this year as Sony’s panel focused on all releases for this year.

Gran Turismo

David Harbour and Orlando Bloom took to the stage to showcase the upcoming release of Gran Turismo with an exclusive trailer. The movie sees the rise of a real life Gran Turismo player who won several gaming competitions to go on and become a professional race car driver. Archie Madekwe stars as Jann Mardenborough, the player who rose to the top and beat the odds. The film releases August 11.

Upcoming Titles

  • Ridley Scott’s Napoleon showcased new footage of the movie with Napoleon (Joaquin Phoenix) outsmarting the Russian and Austrian armies. The film releases November 22.
  • The movie about Reddit’s toppling of the market through GameStop, Dumb Money, was showcased at the panel. Paul Dano plays the YouTuber who puts his life savings into this scheme, Keith “Roaring Kitty”. The film releases October 20.
  • Insidious: The Red Door got another exclusive trailer showcasing new footage from the movie, focusing on the original cast. The film releases July 7.

Warner Bros. Pictures

The Last of the DCEU

The Flash

During the panel for Warner Bros., The Flash got another trailer showcasing Barry Allen’s (Ezra Miller) effects on preventing his parents’ death and the emotional journey he will embark on to save the universe. The movie is set 30 years after Batman Returns, most likely leaving the DC Extended Universe behind. The movie also stars Sasha Calle as Supergirl, Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck as Batman, and Michael Shannon as General Zod. Also at CinemaCon, attendees got to watch the movie ahead of release, with many praising the film.

The film will release June 16.

Blue Beetle

Also at the panel, Blue Beetle showcased its villain, Carapax, in its exclusive footage. Starring Xolo Maridueña, the movie focuses on Jaime Reyes’ familial adventure to master his newfound powers in the Scarab. According to Maridueña and director Angel Manuel Soto, the family-focused movie will see Reyes getting used to his powers, even though he doesn’t want them.

The film releases August 18.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

As the last of the coverage on DC, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was showcased with an extended first look. The first look presented Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Black Manta, armed with the ancient Black Trident, swearing to end the things that Aquaman (Jason Mamoa) holds dear as it also presented Aquaman’s baby child.

The film releases December 20.


Barbie, presented by stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling with, presented more footage from the upcoming film. The film sees Barbie (Robbie) and Ken (Gosling) taking their misadventures to the real world, where they get arrested several times. In addition, John Cena joins the cast as Merman Ken.

The film releases July 21.

Dune: Part II

Dune: Part II had its first look at CinemaCon, with director Denis Villeneuve and stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya presenting. The footage showcased Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan and Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen. Picking up right after the original film, the “action-packed epic war” movie will see Paul Atriedes (Chalamet) taking strong leadership with Chani’s (Zendaya) help.

The film releases November 3.


Wonka also had its first look at CinemaCon with a surprise casting with Hugh Grant playing an Oompa Loompa. The Timothée Chalamet-led movie sees Wonka on his rise to become the famous chocolatier, but is faced with the “Chocolate Cartel,” a conglomerate who seeks to stop anyone who attempts to top their candies. However, the hopeful Wonka plans to create a chocolate irresistible enough to top all chocolates.

The film releases December 15.

Upcoming Titles

  • The sequel to Beetlejuice is currently in development.
  • The Color Purple was also showcased, presenting footage that played events similar to the Broadway show adapted from the Alice Walker novel.
  • Meg 2: The Trench was also showcased at CinemaCon with new footage highlighting a ferocious battle between the Meg and a T-Rex.
  • The Nun was also showcased at CinemaCon with new footage highlighting the intensive suspense between a group of young girls and the demon who haunts it all.
  • In addition, The Conjuring: Last Rites had its title reveal in a pre-panel reel.

Walt Disney Studios

Marvel Studios

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the final film in the James Gunn-directed Guardians trilogy, showcased a new look of the film to attendees. Footage shown includes a scene where Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill tries to communicate with Zoe Saldana’s Gamora while the Guardians float in space. However, Gamora doesn’t seem to remember much of her time with the Guardians. Pom Klementieff’s Mantis pops in to say that the line is open, getting its laughs in. A sizzle reel of the movie’s events then played to finish this showcase.

The film releases May 5.

The Marvels

The Marvels, starring Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris and Iman Vellani, was also teased at CinemaCon, recapping Carol Danvers’ complication with cosmic power switch-ups between Kamala Khan and Monica Rambeau. The released teaser trailer was also shown to attendees.

The film releases November 10.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Attendees at CinemaCon got another exclusive look at Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. Footage includes Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Helena hunting down Mads Mikkelsen’s Jürgen Voller through the streets of Tangiers. Attendees got to see Indy and Helena’s chemistry as well, with Indy bantering with her to keep her safe.

The film releases June 30.


The upcoming film from Walt Disney Animation finally got some news out from CinemaCon with Chris Pine revealed to be playing King Magnifico. Furthermore, the movie got its first look with the main character, played by Ariana DeBose, singing a song about the magic and her past before she’s interrupted by a bubble that asks the town for their wishes.

The trailer for the film has been released. The film releases November 22.

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid showcased Melissa McCarthy’s Ursula in full for the first time and attendees got to see the conniving antagonist’s first performance. Ursula finally got to sing ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’ in the footage.

The film releases May 26.

Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion presented a new clip at CinemaCon with several characters venturing throughout the iconic Disney location with several callbacks to the ride. Keep on the look out for this film as a “number of cameos that truly are to die for” were also teased in this family-focused movie.

The film releases July 28.


The first 20 minutes for Pixar’s Elemental were shown to attendees in 3D. Footage includes bits of Ember’s (Leah Lewis) familial past and “emotional development”, Ember running her family’s shop, and her eventual run-in with Wade (Mamoudou Athie), the water resident and inspector who gives Ember a ticket for the shop’s violations, that leads them both to city hall.

The film releases June 16.

Upcoming Titles

  • A Haunting in Venice got its first trailer and first looks. Based on another Agatha Christie novel, Kenneth Branagh returns as detective Hercule Poirot, this time in a post-World War II Venice, for another murder mystery. The film releases September 15.
  • Gareth Edwards’ The Creator also got its exclusive first look and stars John David Washington and Gemma Chan. The movie takes place in a dystopian future where humanity and robots wage war (think Terminator.) The film releases September 29.
  • Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins got a new trailer which sees Michael Fassbender as Thomas Rongen, the man who helped bring the American Samoa soccer known for its 31-0 loss in 2001 to the World Cup. The film releases November 17.

Universal Pictures


New looks at Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer were revealed at CinemaCon. Shown in black-and-white, the footage includes J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) participating in Lewis Strauss’ (Robert Downey Jr.) meeting about the Russians’ development of the atomic bomb. Meanwhile, Oppenheimer suggests they may not be able to handle the power as the Nazis certainly can’t have it. The footage also showcased the full-scale town for the project. The first trailer will debut with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3..

The film releases July 21.

Kung Fu Panda 4

DreamWorks confirmed at CinemaCon that Kung Fu Panda 4 is in the work with Jack Black returning as the lovable panda and Dragon Warrior Po. Mike Mitchell is confirmed to be directing the movie. The movie will see Po finding a successor to take the mantle of the Dragon Warrior while facing a new threat: the Chameleon, a sorceress who can summon villains from the past. Meanwhile, Po trains a new fox character, Shen, and will find more allies to help in the fight.

The film releases Spring 2024.

Fast X and Fast XI

The final chapters of the Fast & Furious franchise, Fast X and Fast XI, were highlighted at Universal’s CinemaCon panel. Vin Diesel leads the charge for this franchise in theaters everywhere with Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Sung Kang and Tyrese Gibson. New footage for Fast X included Brie Larson’s bar showdown, Jason Mamoa’s chaotic and explosive hunt for the family in Europe, and cars racing down the Hoover Dam.

Fast X is set to release May 19 while the final chapter of the Fast & Furious franchise is set to release in 2025.

The Exorcist: Believer

David Gordon Green’s Exorcist movie had its reveal at CinemaCon with its official title, The Exorcist: Believer, and a new trailer. Ellen Burstyn is set to return as Chris MacNeil with Leslie Odom Jr., Ann Dowd, Jennifer Nettles, Lidya Jewett and Olivia Marcum joining the cast. The footage shown includes two girls succumbing to the demonic, supernatural powers, one of the girls in a bloody white dress. The movie sees Odom Jr.’s character wanting MacNeil’s help to stop the possessions in the first of a new trilogy.

The film releases October 13.


The first official look at Wicked has been revealed at CinemaCon. The footage includes Ariana Grande’s Glinda with Cynthia Erivo’s Elphaba walking down a corridor, Elphaba getting trained by Michelle Yeoh’s Madame Morrible, and Glinda giving Elphaba her iconic hat. More behind-the scenes footage from its shoots was also shown with the full cast (though the VFX remains unfinished.)

The film releases November 27, 2024.

The Fall Guy

David Leitch’s The Fall Guy got a new look at CinemaCon with exclusive footage showcasing Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt’s chemistry as Gosling portrays a stunt performer on the set of a large space opera. Blunt’s character calls back Gosling’s character, her ex-boyfriend, to help her with her directorial debut. The movie also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Winston Duke, and Stephanie Hsu. The movie serves as a dedication to all stunt performers who work hard to make the movies everyone loves.

The film releases March 1, 2024.


Illumination’s Migration got a new look at CinemaCon with a first trailer. The cast includes Kumail Nanjiani, Elizabeth Banks, Keegan Michael Key, Awkwafina, Carol Kane, and Danny DeVito. The original movie, directed by The White Lotus‘ Mike White, follows a group of ducks who are split between leaving their home and exploring the world or staying where they’re safe and sound, accidentally migrating to New York on the way.

The film releases December 22.


The R-rated Strays also got its extended looks at CinemaCon with Will Ferrell and the dog, Sophie, that plays his character, Reggie. The footage includes Reggie on a mission to get revenge on his owner using comical and harsh means.

The film releases June 9.

Upcoming Titles

  • DreamWorks’ Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken got another sneak peek. The film releases June 30.
  • Trolls Band Together got another look at CinemaCon. The Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake-led movie sees the Trolls reuniting a boyband and is set to release November 17.
  • Wes Anderson’s whimsical Asteroid City got its first look at CinemaCon with an exclusive clip of Tom Hanks and Jeffrey Wright. The film releases June 16.
  • Alexander Payne’s The Holdovers got its first look with Paul Giamatti playing a teacher who watches over a group of students who are stuck in school over a holiday break. The film releases November 10.
  • Ethan Coen’s Drive-Away Dolls got its first trailer at CinemaCon. The film sees two girls on the run from a few bad men. The film releases September 22.
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 got its first look with a new trailer. The film releases September 8.
  • M3GAN 2.0 is slated for a 2025 release.
  • The sequel to The Black Phone has been teased.
  • Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu is in development.
  • Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Back to Black has wrapped.

Paramount Pictures

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

Seth Rogen’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem opened up Paramount’s panel at CinemaCon with extended footage from the movie. The footage includes Ayo Edebiri’s April O’Neil asking the Turtles if they’ll be accepted into human society with the Turtles eventually taking up a crime-fighting lifestyle. The movie’s villain, Superfly (Ice-T), is accompanied by Bebop and Rocksteady, who serve as Superfly’s hardened bodyguards. However, the Turtles unexpectedly meet Superfly, Bebop and Rocksteady, who grow an unexpected bond with one another for their mutant similarities.

The film releases August 4.


TRANSFORMERS: ONE, the first Transformers animated movie in over 40 years, was finally revealed at CinemaCon. The movie’s cast includes Chris Hemsworth as Optimus Prime accompanied by Bryan Tyree Henry as Megatron, Keegan-Michael Key as Bumblebee, Scarlett Johannson as Elita, Jon Hamm as Sentinel Prime, and Laurence Fishburne as Alpha Trion.

The film releases July 19, 2024.

Transformers: Awakening of the Beasts

Transformers: Awakening of the Beasts continues the long line of Transformers live-action films with Steven Caple Jr.’s helm. The movie continues from Bumblebee and takes place during 1994, seeing the arrival of new tribes of Maximals which fans will get accustomed to from Rise of the Beasts.

Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One was presented at CinemaCon with a new trailer and new footage from the film. The 20-minute footage included Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt escaping the streets of Rome from several groups of bad guys, Hunt encountering and being handcuffed Hayley Atwell’s character, and intense Mission Impossible action all throughout with Cruise and Atwell jumping on different cars and motorcycles in different car chases.

The film releases July 12.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Sequel Film

The first theatrical movie in the Avatar Paramount series has been revealed at CinemaCon! The animated movie will follow Aang, Katara, Sokka, Zuko, and Toph as adults in a new daring adventure.

The film will release October 10, 2025.

Killers of the Flower Moon

Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon was showcased at CinemaCon with new looks at the film. Footage include Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro as two criminals who seek the riches of a wealthy estate through any means necessary with DiCaprio’s character seducing Lily Gladstone’s character.

The film will release October 6.

Bob Marley: One Love

Reinaldo Marcus Green’s biopic, Bob Marley: One Love, was shown at CinemaCon with a new trailer. Ziggy Marley will produce the film while Kingsley Ben-Adir stars as Bob Marley in a dramatic, biographical piece about Marley’s life.

The film will release January 12, 2024.

A Quiet Place: Day One

A Quiet Place: Day One was showcased at the panel with a new trailer. The film takes place in New York with Lupita Nyong’o portraying a mother during the beginning of the alien apocalypse. Joseph Quinn, Alex Wolff, and Djimon Houson also star alongside Nyong’o.

The film will release on March 8, 2024.


John Krasinski’s If was showcased following A Quiet Place, a live-action/animated film that sees the main character being able to see and communicate with imaginary friends, both good and bad. The movie stars Ryan Reynolds, John Krasinski, Cailey Fleming, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fiona Shaw, Cailey Fleming, Steve Carell, Alan Kim, Matt Damon, Sam Rockwell, Awkafina, and more.

Upcoming Titles

  • Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants: The Search For SquarePants was showcased and is said to be the biggest movie in the franchise’s history. The film will release in 2025.
  • A new Smurfs movie is in development with Rihanna playing Smurfette and creating the movie’s soundtrack. Chris Miller is set to direct.
  • A new Paw Patrol movie has been revealed with Kim Kardashian, Kristen Bell, Taraji P Henson and Chris Rock in the main cast. The film will release this September.
  • The sequel to Smile is currently in development.
  • Gladiator 2 will begin filming soon.


The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds And Snakes

The next film in the Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds And Snakes, got its full first look at CinemaCon with a newly released trailer. The movie stars Rachel Zegler, Tom Blyth, Hunter Schafer, Viola Davis, Peter Dinklage, and Jason Schwartzman and is set in the early days of the Hunger Games.

The film releases November 17.

Upcoming Titles

  • Joy Ride was screened at CinemaCon and received warm critical reception. The film releases July 7.
Christopher Gallardo

Christopher Gallardo

Hi, my name's Chris and I write things at The Hollywood Handle. I like to write and learn about the animation world, play video games, and yes, go outside. A big Marvel, DC, and Star Wars fan/comic reader (indie too!) and occasional cinephile.
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