Last week, we reported on Disney rejigging their schedule, include moving the release of 'Black Widow' to May 2021. Now Warner Bros. studio has rearranged their release diary too. And it's mostly disappointing news...
'The Batman' will no longer hit cinemas in 2021, having been originally scheduled for June 25 next year, then moved to October. Now it swoops into cinemas on March 4, 2022.
Bad news too for those who were looking forward to seeing 'Dune' starring Timothee Chalamet, on the big screen this Christmas. It moves to the October 1, 2021 date that 'The Batman' previously held.
One bright side is that 'The Matrix 4' has actually moved up. It was going to open on April 1, 2022, but will now do so on December, 22, 2021.
A couple of other titles have been moved out by a few months too. These include 'The Flash' solo movie starring Ezra Miller, which has been delayed from June 3, 2022 to November 4, 2022. Meanwhile 'Shazam 2' will arrive in cinemas on June 2, 2023 instead of November 4, 2022.
'Black Adam' (which had a release date of December 22, 2021) and video game adaptation 'Minecraft' (which was meant to hit cinemas March 3, 2022) have been taken off the release calendar altogether.
Warner Bros. also has films scheduled for release dates of June 3, 2022 and August 5, 2022. Their titles have yet to be announced.
The postponement of 'Dune' is likely owing to cinema closures and dropping cinema attendance in recent months due to the coronavirus. The situation is unlikely to substantially improve between now and December with the likes of Cineworld announcing closures.
The reason for the delay in other titles is because the pandemic caused numerous productions to shut down. 'The Batman', for example, had to put filming on hold when its star Robert Pattinson tested positive for coronavirus.
'The Matrix 4' managed to compete shooting early, thus the reason for its being moved up.
The next major Warner Bros./DC title to hit cinemas is currently 'Wonder Woman 1984'.
It is still set to release on December 25, 2020.
We'd be hoping for a Christmas miracle for that to remain the case...