For the second time, the release date of The Batman has been delayed.
Warner Bros. announced (h/t Variety) that The Batman – slated for an Oct. 1, 2021 release – will be delayed by an additional five months. The scheduled release date is now March 4, 2022.
Dune, which was previously scheduled to be released in December, is now being moved to the Oct. 1, 2021 date. These are just some of the many major and highly-anticipated films that have had a release date pushed back.
Ezra Miller’s The Flash was moved from a June 3, 2022 release date to Nov. 4 later that year. The milestone 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die, has also been pushed back twice. The release date was delayed from April 2020 to November 2020, but it was recently moved to Apr. 2, 2021.
The Batman was initially scheduled for a release date of June 25, 2021. But production was halted in March due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (after finishing a quarter of filming, according to director Matt Reeves).
Production resumed several weeks ago, but Robert Pattinson (Batman/Bruce Wayne) tested positive for COVID-19, which led to another stoppage in production. Filming resumed three weeks ago.
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If The Batman hits theaters in spring 2022, that means it will have been almost five full years since the last Caped Crusader movie was released. The most recent one was Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2017), which starred Ben Affleck as Batman.
Pattinson will be the seventh actor to portray the World’s Greatest Detective in a live action film, joining Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and the aforementioned Affleck.
The Batman includes three popular villains from the Rogues Gallery: Catwoman/Selina Kyle (played by Zoë Kravitz), Riddler/Edward Nashton (Paul Dano), and Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot (Colin Farrell). The star-studded cast also consists of Jeffrey Wright (James Gordon), Andy Serkis (Alfred Pennyworth) John Turturro (Carmine Falcone) and Peter Sarsgaard (Gil Colson).
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