In a not entirely surprising move, The Batman the release date has been pushed back again, this time to 2022. The change comes in the wake of our news that Warner Bros. was moving. Dune from December 2020 to October 2021
In fact, Warner Bros. has announced a number of release date changes for some of their films:
- The Batman moves from 1 October 2021 to 4 March 2022
- Matrix 4 moves from 1 April 2022 to 22 December 2021
- The flash moves from June 3, 2022 to November 4, 2022
- Shazam! 2 moves from 4 November 2022 to 2 June 2023
- Black Adam moves from December 22, 2021 and is now undated
All of these changes to the Warner Bros. release date are the result of the COVID-related delays that have devastated the 2020 release calendar. Dune which were supposed to come out this year, will now be released next year, but the production of films like The Batman they have suffered delays which have increased their duration.
The matrix sequel – reporting Keanu Reeves is Carrie-Anne Moss next to the director Lana Wachowski – it’s the only movie here that’s really moving on on schedule, but clearly Warner Bros. is reevaluating its calendar from a financial standpoint as well and needs to make sure its safer box office bets are in line with its fiscal calendars going forward.
The great curiosity of this group is Black Adam being undated. The Dwayne Johnson The DC movie was supposed to start shooting this summer, but due to the COVID delays it is now setting a start date in the first quarter of 2021. At least the last time we heard. It’s possible that something has changed, or it’s simply possible that Warner Bros. doesn’t yet have a new exact date for the long-awaited film. Regardless, casting is well underway and I can’t imagine WB would miss out on a Dwayne Johnson superhero movie, so we’re hoping to hear the news of a new release date for that soon.
As for The Batman, the film was the cornerstone of Warner Bros. ‘successful DC FanDome event last August, where it debuted its excellent first trailer. I was really looking forward to the Halloween-centric release date and I’ll admit I’m a little disappointed that it’s now positioned as a regular spring tentpole. Alas, at least we will see it again, and at least we will see it Dune to get us through the wake of this delay.
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