With Warner Bros moving to delay Denis Villeneuve’ epic sci-fi movie Dune until October 1st, 2021, The Batman’s original release date – other major tentpole films, including Matt Reeves’ film have been affected.
The Hollywood Reporter shared that, unlike Dune, this latest move can be solely attributed to significant production delays caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The Robert Pattinson film has already been shut down twice this year, first in March during the initial outbreak, and then again in September for two weeks after it had only resumed filming for a few days prior to Pattinson testing positive for the coronavirus. He successfully recovered and was able to resume work on September 17.
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Production is still scheduled to move to Chicago on October 16, 17, 18, 23 and 24. The action will take place mostly in the Loop area, according to the Chicago Film Office. It’s unclear whether the cast will be here or if the production is picking up just plates being shot.
Andy Muschietti’s The Flash has been pushed back a few months to November 4, 2022; David F. Sandberg’s Shazam: Fury of the Gods has shifted nearly an entire year to June 2, 2023 and Jaume Collet-Serra’s Black Adam has been (temporarily) removed from their release calendar entirely.
It’s not all bad news, though, as Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix 4 has been moved up to December 22, 2021, taking the date formerly occupied by the Dwayne Johnson-fronted superhero picture.
With The Batman taking that aforementioned March 2022 date, Minecraft is also now undated.
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SOURCE: Comic Book Movie