LOS ANGELES: Warner Bros has announced that it is delaying the theatrical release of Robert Pattinson’s eagerly-anticipated The Batman, along with moving a couple of other upcoming movies.
The studio said that ‘The Sopranos’ prequel ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ will be pushed from September 2020 to a March 2021 release, while The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, will be delayed four months to October 2021.
Many studios have shuffled release dates due to both shuttered productions and the closure of movie theaters due to global health crisis to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
‘The Batman’ also stars Colin Farrell as The Penguin, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Jeffrey Wright as Gotham City Commissioner James Gordon, Paul Dano as The Riddler and Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman.
This year saw the loss Will Smith drama ‘King Richard’, which has been moved back a year to November 2021, and a biographical drama about Black Panthers activist Fred Hampton set for August which now has no release date.
Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis film that Tom Hanks was shooting in Australia when he and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for COVID-19 was delayed a month to November 2021.
Elsewhere, ‘The Flash’ which is set to see Ezra Miller reprise his Justice League role as super speedster Barry Allen, has been pushed forward a month and will now debut on June 3, 2022. The sequel to smash-hit ‘Shazam’ has been pushed back from April 1, 2022 to November 4, 2022.
The studio has not abandoned summer 2020 entirely, however. Warner Bros. still has Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ dated for July 17 and Wonder Woman 1984, which was pushed back from June, for an Aug. 14 theatrical release.
Just a few weeks ago, Warner Bros confirmed that it was postponing the release of ‘Wonder Woman 1984’. Fortunately fans of Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince will not have to wait much longer to see her on the big screen.