Entertainment Stories: As we approach the end of the year. It never ceases to amaze me how many films there have been in the past 12 months. Movie theaters opened their doors, and there was a flurry of big-budget films. We also saw a series of major corporate revolutions, such as Elon Musk’s takeover and the ruin of Twitter. The death of a beloved star, and even an Avatar movie.
Yes, it took 13 years to finally see Avatar 2. There was also a new Batman movie and countless Marvel movies. The upcoming relaunch of the DC movie universe and huge creative changes at WWE.
We felt now was as good a time to reflect on 2022 and the biggest entertainment stories of the year. Can you believe the Will Smith and Chris Rock Academy Awards fiasco happened this year? It seems like it happened 10 years ago, but I assure you it happened in 2022 and made a list.
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As you settle down to enjoy the holidays and count down to the end of another year, look below at 10 news stories that rocked the entertainment industry, for better or worse. Then, see the best movies, TV shows, and games that GameSpot liked in 2022.
#1. Bob Iger’s Return to Disney
This was certainly not what anyone expected. Bob Iger, who had retired as head of The Walt Disney Company, returned just before Thanksgiving to replace his successor. Bob Chapek had been fired from the company, and Iger returned as CEO. However, he was only back for two years, and the challenge has been to find a suitable replacement – indicating the view that Chapek was just not up to the task.
#2. The Ezra Miller situation
Next, we see “The Flash” star Ezra Miller, who has had a roller coaster of a year. After numerous arrests and reports of erratic behavior, it was announced in August that he had begun “ongoing treatment.” It is unclear what exactly this entailed. However, it was reported that Warner Bros. and Discovery considered canceling “The Flash.
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At one point, however, it was reported that Warner Bros. Discovery was unsure what to do in the face of Miller’s ongoing problems and was considering shelving “The Flash” indefinitely; since the news of the start of treatment in August, Miller has kept a relatively low profile. And so far, all signs point to finally seeing the “Flash” film on June 23, 2022.
#3. Death of Kevin Conroy
No one lives forever, sadly, not even our heroes. The death of longtime Batman voice Kevin Conroy has shaken fans to their core; after first voicing the Dark Knight in the 1990s in “Batman: The Animated Series,” Conroy continued lending his cape to Bruce Wayne, and his alter ego until his death at age 66. Conroy’s final performance as Batman will appear in the upcoming “Suicide Squad” video game “Kill the Justice League.
#4. Death of Bob Saget
The sudden death of Bob Saget, who rose to fame starring in “Full House” in the late 80s and early 90s, was also unexpected by fans. In January of this year, the 65-year-old comedian was found dead in his hotel room while on tour. The cause of death was determined to be an injury to the back of his head, believed to have been caused by a fall.
#5. Retirement of Vince McMahon
Most wrestling fans assumed Vince McMahon would rule WWE for as long as he lived. Shockingly, that was not the case; in July, McMahon left the company amid an ongoing investigation into sex crimes, publicly revealed by the Wall Street Journal. In his place, Paul “Triple H” Levesque took control of WWE’s creative output, with Stephanie McMahon and Nick Kern assuming the role of co-CEOs.
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With McMahon gone, several sweeping changes were made to WWE. The War Games concept made its main roster debut at this year’s Survivor Series event, but several previously released talents returned.