Warner Bros Teases Stellar 2024 Lineup: Costner Western, New Mad Max, Beetlejuice Sequel, and Gaga’s Harley Quinn Debut

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In the heart of Las Vegas, at the annual CinemaCon convention and trade show, Warner Bros. unveiled a dazzling array of stars, trailers, and tantalizing footage from their upcoming roster. This 100-year-old studio, eager to build upon its success with the ‘Barbie’ franchise, anticipates a milestone year in 2024, with a lineup that includes a brand-new ‘Mad Max’ venture, Kevin Costner’s ambitious two-part Western epic, a ‘Beetlejuice’ sequel, and the gripping adventure ‘Joker: Folie à Deux’, introducing Lady Gaga’s Harley Quinn to Gotham City.

The room brimmed with anticipation as Kevin Costner, Michael Keaton, Robert Pattinson, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Chris Hemsworth took the stage, boasting a plethora of footage and trailers. The inkling of excitement soared to unseen heights when Todd Phillips, the director of ‘Joker’, unveiled the trailer for ‘Joker: Folie à Deux’, slated for release on October 4th. The sequel brings back Joaquin Phoenix, resuming his critically acclaimed portrayal of the troubled Arthur Fleck, and introduces Gaga’s fascinating rendtion of Harley Quinn.

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Eager to extinguish rumors implying that the sequel would be a musical, Phillips clarified that while music plays a pivotal part in the movie, it is not strictly a musical. He maintained that the sequel does not stray too far from the tone and structure of its predecessor.

Ahead of its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and a theatrical release on May 24th, the creative force behind the long-awaited ‘Furiosa’, director George Miller along with stars Taylor-Joy and Hemsworth offered the audience a peek into the prequel, presenting some groundbreaking footage.

The film, focused on a young Furiosa who was played by Charlize Theron in the 2015 titanic success ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, promises to render an extradordinary tale that Taylor-Joy describes as, “the story of one woman’s relentless commitment to impossible hope.”

Adding to the enthusiasm was Kevin Costner’s revelation about his return with a two-part Western, ‘Horizon: An American Saga’. This film takes on a unique release pattern, with parts hitting theatres in June and August respectively. Costner, being the director, co-writer, and star, reiterated his infatuation with “journey movies” and his ambition to explore the promise of America amid the Civil War era.

Meanwhile, Tim Burton rejoiced about reuniting with Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, and Catherine O’Hara for the ‘Beetlejuice’ sequel. New characters sprout to life, as played by Jenna Ortega, Monica Bellucci, Willem Dafoe, and Justin Theroux. The esteemed director perfectly described the sequel making process as, “like a weird family reunion,” and spoke of his eagerness to explore what the Deetz women had been up to over the years.

Robert Pattinson’s appearance enthralled the audience when he spoke about his experience working on Oscar-winning director Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Mickey 17’, releasing in January 2025. The actor mentioned how he loved the unique, funny, and bizarre narrative but was warned about the challenging nature of the role.

As Warner Bros. rejuvenates its DC superhero universe, the studio announced filming for a new ‘Superman’ in Atlanta, targeting a summer 2025 release. Before that, Warner Bros. is set to release a documentary about the first cinematic Superman, Christopher Reeve. The studio had a successful 2021, closing the year with three major releases: “Wonka”, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom”, and “The Color Purple”.

2022 began on a high note for the studio, powered by the success of “Wonka” followed by “Dune: Part Two” and “Godzilla x Kong”, generating significant momentum for the box office. Eager to satisfy the global thirst for captivating narratives, Warner Bros. proved its unwavering commitment: delivering tantalizing, audience-pleasing event movies.