‘The Batman’ flies to 2022 Post ‘Dune’ drift, ‘Matrix 4’ moves up to Christmas 2021, ‘Shazam! 2’ zaps to 2023 and more WB changes.
More than 500 movie theaters in the US will close before this weekend, sending the film industry into a tailspin.
On Monday, Warner Bros. re-positioned a number of hotly anticipated movies on its calendar including "Dune" and now "The Batman."
Earlier Monday, Cineworld said it would temporarily shutter all of its U.S. and U.K. movie theaters due to disappointing box office results and the postponement of films like "Black Widow," "Wonder Woman 1984," and "No Time to Die."
The Batman, which stars Robert Pattinson as the caped crusader, is on the move again. After a series of production delays, the superhero pic's release date in theaters is being pushed from Oct. 1, 2021 to March 4, 2022, Warner Bros. announced Monday evening.
Warners isn't ceding the 2021 fall date entirely. Instead, it will now open Dune on Oct. 1.
Other major changes include the untitled fourth The Matrix movie moving up from April 1, 2022, to Dec. 22, 2021.
On the DC front, The Flash, starring Ezra Miller as the speedy superhero, is moving back from June 3, 2022, to Nov. 4, 2022. Shazam! Fury of the Gods is leaving that Nov. 4, 2022 date and is shifting to June 2, 2023, while Dwayne Johnson spinoff Black Adam is moving off its Dec. 22, 2021 slot and is now updated. Wonder Woman 1984 stays on Christmas 2020.
In other changes: the videogame adaptation Minecraft is exiting its March 4, 2022 date and is now updated.