‘The Batman’ delayed as Warner Bros. shuffles release schedule

‘The Batman’ delayed as Warner Bros. shuffles release schedule

Warner Bros’ superhero flick “The Batman” starring Robert Pattinson has been delayed again due to the pandemic — despite the fact that it was slated for release a full year from now.

After a series of production hiccups —  which included Pattinson himself contracting the coronavirus — the movie’s release date in theaters is being pushed from Oct. 1, 2021 to March 4, 2022, according to Warner Bros. That’s after the flick backed off from an original summer release date of June 25, 2021.

The blockbuster was among a number that have been pushed back further in the studio’s release schedule as it grapples with the coronavirus. Others include moving “Dune,” starring Timothée Chalamet, from Dec. 18 to Oct. 21, 2021 and pushing “The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller as the speedy superhero, to Nov. 4, 2022 from June 2, 2022.

The studio also said both the Dwayne Johnson spinoff “Black Adam,” which was slated for Dec. 2, 2021, and the video game adaptation of “Minecraft,” earmarked for March 4, 2022, now have undated releases.

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Warner Bros. made rescheduling the call Monday night, after Regal Cinemas owner Cineworld said it will temporarily close 536 Regal cinemas in the US and 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse venues in the UK.

Warner Bros., which was the first studio to release a major motion picture in “Tenet” during the pandemic, is among a handful of Hollywood studios that are holding back its biggest movies until the the virus crisis subsides and demand for moviegoing returns. 

Lightshed Parners analyst Rich Greenfield pointed to “Tenet’s” lackluster box domestic box office revenue of $45 million, as well as “Mulan’s” disappointing rollout on streaming service Disney+, as central to the pullback and uncertainty of the business.

“Thanks to the financial failures of ‘Tenet’ and ‘Mulan,’ Hollywood studios are now delaying all of their most expensive feature films until at least summer/second half 2021,” Greenfield said. “Who knows even when a vaccine becomes available, how fast it will be deployed and how quickly consumers feel comfortable returning to indoor movie theaters.”

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