Warner Bros. is changing a number of its movies’ release dates – including Matt Reeves’ The Batman – due to the the COVID-19 crisis.
The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson as the protagonist, had been set to hit the big screen June 25, 2021. It will now ride into theaters October 1, 2021.
Like many other high-profile Hollywood productions, The Batman has been subject to production delays due to the pandemic.
There’s also the matter of a slew of films that have been pushed out of spring and summer, which has required all the major studios to reshuffle their calendars for months to come in order to accommodate the backlog.
Other Warner Bros. movies that were part of Monday’s announcement included The Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark, which is being being delayed from September 25 to March 12, 2021.
One Warner Bros. title that isn’t budging from its July 17 date this summer is Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. And the studio is sticking to its August 14 date so far for Wonder Woman 1984 (the sequel had initially been set to open in early June).
The release of King Richard, the biopic starring Will Smith as Richard Williams, father of tennis legends Serena and Venus Williams, is being delayed a full year, from November 25 to November 19, 2021, the heart of awards season.
The studio’s untitled Elvis film will move from October 1, 2021, to November 5, 2021. A pair of 2022 DC films are also being impacted. The Flash is moving up one month from July 1, 2022, to to June 3, 2022, while Shazam! 2 is being delayed from April 1, 2022, to November 4, 2022.