Warner Bros. equals strong female roles in 2020 with a slate anchored by its DC Universe comic book characters Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in Wonder Woman 1984 and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) in Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Whew. What a mouth full. Speaking of DC, Ben Affleck may never don a black cape and stalk the criminals of Gotham City as Batman anymore, but he is starring in WB’s The Way Back in a role similar to one imitating the actors current struggle with alcoholism and a tumultuous career. A new animated film starring everyone’s favorite mystery-solving dog Scoobie Doo in Scoob! is coming this May. There’s a powerful drama/mystery about sex-trafficking starring Amy Ryan in Lost Girls (made for Netflix) and Michal B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx co-star in a court room drama called Just Mercy now playing as of publishing. Not much is known about Christopher Nolan’s Tenet (or anything else in the later half of the year) but this is one movie with a very intriguing time travel premise and trailer that has our interest peaked.

The information in this article was last updated Jan 21, 2020. Release dates and slate are subject to change.

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Just Mercy

A powerful and thought-provoking true story, Just Mercy follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds-and the system-stacked against them.

Just Mercy hits U.S. theaters on January 10, 2020.

Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

You ever hear the one about the cop, the songbird, the psycho and the mafia princess? Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham's most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya's paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.

Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) hits U.S. theaters on February 7, 2020.

The Way Back

Jack Cunningham (Ben Affleck) once had a life filled with promise. In high school, he was a basketball phenom with a full university scholarship, when suddenly, for reasons unknown, he walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Now years later, Jack is spiraling down, triggered by an unspeakable loss, and drowning in the alcoholism that cost him his marriage and any hope for a better life. When he is asked to coach the basketball team at his alma mater, which has fallen far since his glory days, he reluctantly accepts, surprising no one more than himself. As the boys start to come together as a team and win, Jack may have finally found a reason to confront the demons that have derailed him. But will it be enough to fill the void, heal the deep wounds of his past, and set him on the road to redemption?

The Way Back hits U.S. theaters on March 6, 2020.

Lost Girls

When 24-year-old Shannan Gilbert mysteriously disappears one night, her mother Mari (Amy Ryan) embarks on a dark journey that finds her face to face with hard truths about her daughter, herself, and police bias. Determined to find her daughter at all costs, Mari Gilbert retraces Shannan's last known steps, driving her own investigation to an insular gated community near the desolate outer banks of Long Island. Her discoveries force law enforcement and the media to uncover more than a dozen unsolved murders of sex workers, young lives Mari will not let the world forget. Inspired by Robert Kolker's best-selling nonfiction book of the same name.

Lost Girls hits Netflix on March 13, 2020.


Scoob! reveals how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc. Now, with hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this global "dogpocalypse," the gang discovers that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.

Scoob! hits U.S. theaters on May 15, 2020.

Wonder Woman 1984

Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman's next big screen adventure finds her facing an all-new foe: The Cheetah. Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures' follow up to the Super Hero's first outing, last summer's record-breaking Wonder Woman, which took in $822 million at the worldwide box office. Wonder Woman 1984 will also be helmed by acclaimed director Patty Jenkins, and star Gal Gadot in the title role.

Wonder Woman 1984 hits U.S. theaters on June 5, 2020.

In The Heights

A feature version of the Broadway musical, in which a bodega owner has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother's fortune.

In The Heights hits U.S. theaters on June 26, 2020.


An action epic revolving around international espionage, time travel and evolution.

Tenet hits U.S. theaters on July 17, 2020.

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Everything Else

Additional titles slated for 2020 release include...

1. Malignant, August 14th
2. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, September 11th
3. The Many Saints of Newark, September 25th
4. The Witches, October 9th
5. Godzilla vs. Kong, November 20th
6. Dune, November 20th
7. King Richard, November 25th
8. Tom and Jerry, December 23rd

Movie Reelist Contributor: Chris Giroux
Chris Giroux is founder and editor-in-charge at Movie Reelist, an entertainment news and review blog serving the most fanatic moviegoers. Chris started his publication in Detroit in 2010 and has since reviewed hundreds of films and interviewed numerous talent across the country. He is an avid film festival attendee and red carpet photographer, having shot the likes of Steven Spielberg, Bill Murray, Mark Hamill, and more. Chris grew up in New Mexico, where he studied mass media writing while working in post-production and multimedia authoring. It is also where he discovered Big Trouble in Little China and Escape from New York, resulting in an unhealthy Kurt Russell obsession.

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