In a not so surprising update, Warner Bros. has confirmed that Matt Reeves’ The Batman will be getting hit with a delay. Originally slated for June 2021, the film is now eyeing an October 1, 2021, release date. That’s not so bad, though it does leave Warner without a solid film for the summer blockbuster period. It also set off something of an avalanche of delays.
The studio confirmed that The Many Saints of Newark (a prequel to The Sopranos) is now primed for March 12, 2021. King Richard, a biopic starring Will Smith as the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, has also been pushed back an entire year to November 19, 2021. Finally, the untitled Baz Luhrman directed Elvis film is now on track for November 5, 2021.
If you thought that was all, then you’re in for quite the surprise. A duo of DC related films also got a push, including both The Flash and Shazam 2. Both are still scheduled for 2022, but The Flash actually got pushed up one month from July to release on June 3, 2020. Shazam, on the other hand, was delayed by half a year from April to November 4, 2022.
That’s certainly a lot of updates on films, but there’s really nothing else Warner could do. With the coronavirus pandemic still a massive problem, it’s better to play it safe than sorry.
‘The Batman‘ Moves Back Amid Warner Bros. Date Shuffle [The Hollywood Reporter]