The Batman DELAYED to following year after massive cinema closures
DC Comics excited fans earlier this year with the DC Fandome – an event which was full of new trailers and screenshots of upcoming films in their expansive franchise. The biggest film news to come out of the event was the trailer for the Robert Pattinson Batman flick, The Batman.
The trailer showed off Pattinson as a darker, more brooding Dark Knight.
During the short clip fans got a glimpse at the new villain – The Riddler (played by Paul Dano) – and saw just how gruesome he promised to be.
The trailer even showed off Batman’s new Batmobile, as well as a brutal fight between him and a masked criminal.
Unfortunately, the original release date of October 1, 2021, has now been pushed back to the following year.
According to Variety, The Batman will now open March 4, 2022 – five months from its original release date.
Fans of the franchise will no doubt be upset by this move, but Warner Bros are most likely moving the film to react to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Batman’s delay isn’t the only shocking news that happened overnight, as it followed the announcement that Denis Villeneuve’s Dune has also been delayed.
With Dune’s release date less than two months away, the delay is devastating for the film, which has now been moved to October 1, 2021 – almost an entire year.
The Batman and Dune’s moved dates come after the cancelled release schedule of James Bond: No Time To Die.
Daniel Craig’s final film as the titular character was originally due to come out in April, but was moved to November of this year.
Less than a month away from its release date the spy movie was pushed back to April 2, 2021.
Producers of the film Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Borccoli announced: “MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of No Time to Die, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2 April 2021 in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience.”
Bond’s delay has had a ripple effect throughout the film industry as cinemas across the world have now announced they will be closing.
The latest in line of closures is Cineworld, which yesterday announced it would be shutting its 127 cinemas in the UK.
Screens will be closing as of Thursday, October 8, and also sees doors shutting in the USA as well.
Cineworld explained: “As major US. markets, mainly New York, remained closed and without guidance on reopening timing, studios have been reluctant to release their pipeline of new films.”
The franchise went on: “In turn, without these new releases, Cineworld cannot provide customers in both the US and the UK – the company’s primary markets – with the breadth of strong commercial films necessary for them to consider coming back to theatres against the backdrop of COVID-19.”
Mooky Greidinger, the chain’s chief executive, also commented: “This is not a decision we made lightly.
“And we did everything in our power to support safe and sustainable reopenings in all of our markets – including meeting, and often exceeding, local health and safety guidelines in our theatres and working constructively with regulators and industry bodies to restore public confidence in our industry.”
The Batman will be released March 4, 2022.
James Bond No Time To Die will be released April 2, 2021.
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