The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in some massive overhauls to the cinematic release calendar. Universal became the first studio to make significant adjustments to their slate delaying “F9,” “Minions 2,” and “Sing 2” a year. Next came Sony, who also delayed “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” “Morbius,” and Tom Holland‘s “Uncharted” a year. A few weeks ago Disney extensively reshuffled their release dates. “Mulan” is now releasing in July, “Black Widow” in November, and “Eternals” next February. This reshuffle caused a chain reaction as the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe slate shifted back a release date. Now, Warner Bros. becomes the latest studio to reorganize their calendar as some of DC‘s biggest properties get moved around.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. is pushing back the release dates for some of its largest projects. This announcement includes Matt Reeves‘ “The Batman” and “The Sopranos” prequel “The Many Saints of Newark.”
The star-studded “Sopranos” movie,” The Many Saints of Newark,” was initially supposed to release Sept. 25, 2020, but will instead move to March 12, 2021.
“The Batman,” starring Robert Pattinson, was set to release June 25, 2021, but will now hit theaters Oct. 1, 2021, just in time for the Halloween season. Production on Reeves’ “Batman” halted about a month ago. With no time table as to when the film can resume shooting, this four-month delay was inevitable. However, “The Batman” wasn’t the only upcoming DC film Warner Bros. mentioned in their Monday statement.
After a disturbing public fiasco with star Ezra Miller and a never-ending string of production issues, DC’s “The Flash” will now hit theaters on June 2, 2022. Whether the film actually hits that release date remains to be seen. However, the fact that Warner Bros moved the project up a month is a sign of confidence. Fans of David F. Sandberg‘s “Shazam” will, unfortunately, have to wait a little longer for a sequel. “Shazam 2” was initially slotted for an April 2022 release, but will now open on Nov. 4, 2022.
These weren’t the only titles affected by Warner Bros. reshuffle. Baz Luhrmann‘s Elvis Presley biopic starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks will move from its Oct. 1, 2021 release date to Nov. 19, 2021. The Will Smith led sports drama telling the story of Venus and Serena Williams‘ father titled “King Richard” was pushed back a year, from Nov. 25, 2020, to Nov. 19, 2021.
Warner Bros. has yet to find new release dates for Lin Manuel-Miranda‘s “In the Heights,” “Scoob,” or James Wan‘s thriller “Malignant.” With Disney sending “Artemis Fowl” to Disney+, perhaps HBO Max is in the cards for some of those titles. Christopher Nolan‘s “Tenet” and Patty Jenkins‘ “Wonder Woman 1984” are still holding on to their respective July 17 and Aug. 14 release dates.