Warner Bros has taken the decision to delay the release of The Batman until 2022, a move which is being influenced by coronavirus pandemic which continues to cause long-term adverse effects to the film industry which seemingly has no end in sight.
Robert Pattinson’s debut turn as The Caped Crusader was set to arrive in October 2021, but it has now been pushed back until March 2022. Last month saw filming be forced into being postponed just a few days after it restarted after Pattinson contracted the virus. Warner Bros would not comment to Vanity Fair on any individuals health but did share the following statement with the publication: “A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.”
James Bond: No Time to Die is another high profile that has been pushed back having originally been rescheduled to be released in November, but a further delay has now been announced which would see it finally hit screens next April, a year later than initially planned. This is not the only significant blow that the industry has recently faced, with Disney’s decision to release its live-action Mulan remake straight to its streaming service being another notable roadblock for cinemas.
The Flash has also been moved back and will now be arriving on November 4th 2022, as well as the debut of Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam, which was previously scheduled for release in December 2021 but now doesn’t have an estimated release date.
This news comes after Cineworld issued a statement after it was reported that they are planning to close all 128 UK and Ireland cinemas, alongside all 543 of its Regal Cinema venues in the US. The closure is reported to be linked to yet another delay to the new James Bond film No Time To Die which has caused even more strain on the cinema chain to keep it’s doors open.
Cineworld bosses have reportedly blamed the decision of the postponement of blockbusters like the latest in the James Bond franchise because of the coronavirus pandemic. This has reportedly meant that they can’t stay open under current circumstances, however, it is alleged that there is optimism that this would be a temporary measure and that cinemas would re-open next year.
The closure would put up to 5,500 jobs at risk, which has been strongly criticised by the companies employees via the Cineworld Action Group account on Twitter, who state that they discovered that they were set to lose their jobs through social media rather than by their bosses.