News

The 5 Most Anticipated Movies Opening in December

Two very different superhero films lead a holiday lineup of big budget tentpoles and historical dramas.

by | December 3, 2018 | Comments

Even as we enter the final month of 2018, superhero movies continue to draw massive interest, with a member of DC’s Justice League and an alternate version of a Marvel icon topping the list of Decembers most anticipated movies. If you count the Transformers prequel about a certain VW Beetle and Disney’s decades-later sequel to a celebrated classic, then fantastical tales about extraordinary individuals comprise the top four. Toss in a couple of real-life based dramas that tied for the fifth spot, and you’ve got a pretty hefty holiday movie season to look forward to. With that in mind, read on for the Most Anticipated Movies of December!


1. Aquaman (2018) 65%

Warner Bros.
(Photo by Warner Bros.)

10,107 Want-to-See Votes
#1 pick by our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter fans
Opens December 21

How do you make a superhero who talks to fish and wears orange spandex cool? Cast Jason “Khal Drogo” Momoa in the role, surround him with people like Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, and Amber Heard, and put the man behind the Conjuring universe in the director’s chair. James Wan’s origin story about DC’s reluctant Atlantean king ranked #1 across all of our social polls and garnered the most Want-to-See votes on RT of any December movie by a wide margin. Aquaman looks primed to rule the box office when it opens right before Christmas, but it’ll face some stiff competition from a few other movies on this list.

Watch Trailer


2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) 97%

Sony Pictures Animation
(Photo by Sony Pictures Animation)

1,183 Want-to-See Votes
#2 pick by our Instagram and Twitter fans, #3 pick by our Facebook fans
Opens December 14

We’ve already gotten three different versions of Peter Parker since the superhero movie boom of the 2000s, but we’ve never seen Miles Morales on the big screen, and if early reviews are any indication, Into the Spider-Verse could be one of the best Spider-Man movies yet. Produced by The Lego Movie and Jump Street franchise’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller (and co-written by Lord), Sony’s animated film made believers out of skeptics with the first trailer, which showcased a unique, vibrant art style with a beating heart at its center. Considering almost all the reviews thus far have been raves, this one looks like a crowd-pleaser.

Watch Trailer


3. Bumblebee (2018) 90%

Paramount Pictures
(Photo by Paramount Pictures)
 793 Want-to-See Votes
#2 pick by our Facebook fans, #3 pick by our Instagram fans, #4 pick by our Twitter fans
Opens December 21

The Transformers franchise has never performed very well with critics (the first film in 2007 is the Freshest at 58% on the Tomatometer), but it has raked in over $4 billion at the box office. With that in mind, this month’s Bumblebee represents a break from formula: It’s a prequel set during the 1980s and centered on just one of the characters, and it’s directed by someone other than Michael Bay (namely Travis Knight). Hailee Steinfeld stars as the human companion this time around, and instead of the more futuristic designs we’ve seen in the franchise thus far, we get robots that more closely resemble the classic Transformers from the TV series. We’ll have to wait and see if the gamble pays off.

Watch Trailer


4. Mary Poppins Returns (2018) 79%

Walt Disney Studios
(Photo by Walt Disney Studios)

1,149 Want-to-See Votes
#3 pick by our Twitter fans
Opens December 19

The latest in Disney’s efforts to remake, reimagine, or otherwise reintroduce classic films from their extensive library comes in the form of a sequel to 1964’s Mary Poppins. The magical nanny formerly played by Julie Andrews is replaced by Emily Blunt, who returns to Cherry Tree Lane to teach timely lessons to the children of the now grown-up Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw). This one only cracked the top five in our Twitter poll, but it also earned the third most Want-to-See votes on RT.

Watch Trailer


5a. Mary Queen of Scots (2018) 62%

Liam Daniel/Focus Features
(Photo by Liam Daniel/Focus Features)

552 Want-to-See Votes
#5 pick by our Facebook and Instagram fans
Opens December 7

Like last month, two films tied for the fifth spot on our Most Anticipated list, and in this case, they’re both political dramas based on true events. The first is this look at the life of Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan), the young Queen of France who returns to her native Scotland just as the country comes under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), setting off a fierce rivalry with consequences that will echo through history. Mary Queen of Scots managed to sneak in at fifth in both our Facebook and Instagram polls and earned the fifth most Want-to-See votes on RT, and judging from early reviews, it’s an impressive showcase for the talents of its two leads.

Watch Trailer


5b. Vice (2018) 66%

Annapurna Pictures
(Photo by Annapurna Pictures)

195 Want-to-See Votes
#4 pick by our Instagram fans, #5 pick by our Twitter fans
Opens December 25

Last but not least, we have Adam McKay’s profile of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, chronicling the congressman’s rise to power and substantial influence during the George W. Bush administration. The stellar cast includes Christian Bale as Cheney, Sam Rockwell as Bush, Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, and Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, just to name a few, and it represents McKay’s second foray into more serious material after a string of broad comedies. Though it didn’t score many Want-to-See votes, it managed to rank fourth in our Instagram poll and fifth in our Twitter poll.

Watch Trailer

Tag Cloud

Music chucky New York Comic Con IFC Films Women's History Month Toys President X-Men movies Creative Arts Emmys Brie Larson romantic comedy Tarantino Holiday anime DGA comics Amazon Prime theme song YouTube Valentine's Day Superheroe 2018 nature HBO Max space movie dragons Musical miniseries Apple TV Plus Photos Nominations ESPN 2017 romance independent Acorn TV Peacock blockbuster strong female leads science fiction Sundance TV Lucasfilm CMT ABC hollywood Winter TV Marvel Studios Adult Swim TV renewals History Trophy Talk stand-up comedy Vudu quibi singing competition zero dark thirty cancelled television Crunchyroll TV mutant Biopics obituary police drama RT History Tomatazos festivals harry potter First Look Song of Ice and Fire Election Baby Yoda El Rey Grammys spider-man Disney OneApp Food Network rotten movies we love Britbox reviews Ovation See It Skip It classics video Warner Bros. A24 mockumentary game of thrones satire GoT BBC One 2019 WarnerMedia TLC Nickelodeon medical drama TBS Classic Film Travel Channel Winners Trailer zombie Country kids dark twilight 4/20 richard e. Grant SundanceTV Cosplay Comic Book nbcuniversal RT21 Funimation scary movies The CW E3 Infographic diversity sports slashers reboot mission: impossible ratings 45 NBC cults Emmy Nominations Opinion travel Syfy dogs Paramount Interview PBS Podcast green book 007 Rom-Com BBC America name the review Fall TV cancelled TV series golden globes Masterpiece comic Christmas tv talk Kids & Family binge biography comedies anthology television transformers The Arrangement VICE werewolf Ghostbusters die hard 2020 TruTV political drama Marvel spinoff Tumblr Super Bowl dceu adaptation HBO Go breaking bad directors MSNBC TIFF Trivia YA 72 Emmy Awards composers American Society of Cinematographers fast and furious BET Star Trek universal monsters serial killer Fox News 2015 LGBTQ 24 frames justice league MTV boxoffice Academy Awards SXSW Horror DC Universe hispanic Hallmark Fantasy concert Turner Comedy thriller ITV Epix Cartoon Network Crackle children's TV First Reviews TCA Bravo TCA 2017 Mystery Black History Month USA Network south america The Walking Dead Freeform spain Pop The Witch Hulu PaleyFest WGN Spring TV asian-american canceled TV shows NYCC Animation films crossover Tubi CW Seed Certified Fresh supernatural halloween Film natural history war true crime doctor who documentaries cars indiana jones Sony Pictures video on demand Sundance Now cats dc The Purge latino game show Pixar Premiere Dates IFC MCU Western all-time Musicals Calendar Spectrum Originals franchise Rock Drama Chilling Adventures of Sabrina disaster CNN crime thriller FX on Hulu Netflix Christmas movies Showtime Mindy Kaling Dark Horse Comics stoner parents Amazon Studios laika 71st Emmy Awards LGBT 21st Century Fox SDCC docudrama Black Mirror Apple TV+ a nightmare on elm street Schedule Lionsgate blaxploitation politics Heroines DC streaming service Video Games Set visit Sneak Peek Thanksgiving Quiz series Film Festival Martial Arts sequel Sci-Fi Pirates foreign Nat Geo ABC Family toy story Star Wars Mudbound book Binge Guide Disney Channel comiccon joker canceled social media Netflix Logo Polls and Games stop motion Reality psychological thriller Watching Series Amazon Prime Video Summer Television Academy vampires DirecTV batman elevated horror child's play FXX based on movie Spike unscripted Discovery Channel TCM cancelled TV shows Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Hear Us Out ghosts 20th Century Fox Pet Sematary Year in Review news spanish language Walt Disney Pictures historical drama christmas movies streaming Stephen King Oscars technology OWN witnail cartoon San Diego Comic-Con Awards Tour Chernobyl casting Avengers AMC adventure cooking Action screenings renewed TV shows period drama Turner Classic Movies Superheroes free movies Captain marvel Writers Guild of America E! Lifetime Christmas movies what to watch GIFs cinemax Ellie Kemper Holidays APB Comedy Central Universal Hallmark Christmas movies cops BET Awards animated TNT 2016 Shudder teaser Starz rotten spy thriller Best and Worst jamie lee curtis Mary Poppins Returns Mary poppins discovery Emmys DC Comics best Reality Competition emmy awards VH1 award winner National Geographic aliens Disney Plus Pop TV TCA Awards BAFTA Paramount Network worst Columbia Pictures superhero robots cancelled A&E Box Office Shondaland documentary Awards FX Marathons Sundance Elton John Rocketman critics screen actors guild Anna Paquin YouTube Red Extras Mary Tyler Moore USA talk show BBC Television Critics Association GLAAD Comics on TV Countdown VOD CBS All Access Endgame TV Land crime drama Teen YouTube Premium Red Carpet hist CBS criterion Pride Month finale Character Guide revenge Arrowverse facebook Rocky versus TCA Winter 2020 HBO crime Esquire Family sitcom dramedy zombies Apple psycho Amazon Disney+ Disney Plus indie PlayStation Cannes Lifetime FOX sag awards Disney streaming service Marvel Television