From ‘Barbie’ to ‘The Flash’: CinemaCon 2023 recap

Another year, another CinemaCon, and a bunch of movies with big plans for the coming months. In this edition of the annual exhibitors’ conference in Las Vegas, major studios are flexing their muscles with films they hope will be huge hits, with expectations higher than ever since the release of “Top Gun: Maverick” 12 months ago. Famous faces from Ryan Gosling to Martin Scorsese made their way through Caesar’s Palace with clips from “Barbie,” “Killers of the Flower Moon” and more, generating enthusiastic responses.

Warner Bros. Discovery trusted “The Flash” to screen the entire movie and set the stage for their biggest superhero movie of the year, while Apple and Amazon made it clear that despite their streaming ambitions, they’re still invested in theaters.

How did these moments play out on earth?

On this week’s episode of IndieWire’s weekly Screen Talk podcast, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson are joined by film reporter Brian Welk to cover the proceedings. Welk breaks down the CinemaCon news and explains which studios seemed best positioned to create hits from their upcoming shows. He also shares his own spoiler-free take on “The Flash” and why it’s good at generating excitement beyond Nevada.

Watch the full episode above or listen below.

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