The year 2022 is looking to be a good one for Warner Bros. Pictures and HBO Max. Actor Robert Pattinson’s turn as the newest DC caped crusader in The Batman, along with HBO/HBO Max “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon,” both rank as the most-anticipated new movie and episodic series in 2022, according to new data from Amazon-owned IMDb.
Among returning series, Apple TV’s award-winning “Ted Lasso” is the most-anticipated returning series in 2022.
Rather than base its annual rankings on small statistical samplings or reviews from professional critics, IMDb determines its lists by the actual page views of the more than 200 million monthly visitors to the website. This data is derived from the IMDbPro movie and TV rankings, which are updated weekly throughout the year.
Notable to the top category polesitters is the field of quality movies and series that finished as runners-up: two Paramount Pictures/Tom Cruise actioners, Top Gun: Maverick in the No. 4 spot and Mission: Impossible 7 at No. 8, and Disney/Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder at No. 3. All three movies trail the return of the “Scream” franchise, 10 years after Scream 4 and 25 years after the original, featuring original cast members Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette tracking a new killer.
On the episodic content front, Amazon Studios’ ambitious “The Lord of the Rings” series reboot ranks as the second-most-anticipated new series next year, just ahead of Hulu’s “Pam & Tommy,” a fictional miniseries based on the lives of “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, who reportedly got married 96 hours after meeting and were famously the subject of a leaked sex tape.
Netflix’s “Bridgerton” and FX’s “American Horror Story” round out the Top 3 most-anticipated returning series in 2022.