The bitter irony of being human is that, despite being the most intelligent and physically skilled species in the world, you can still be taken down by something so teeny that it’s impossible to see. Even superheroes can’t stop COVID-19, as Black Widow, Doctor Strange and now Batman have found out.
Robert Pattinson was about to suit up in the cape and cowl for The Batman, Warner Bros’ latest take on the timeless dark-noir protector of Gotham City. Unlike other superhero films that are essentially completed and just sitting on a shelf — like Wonder Woman 1984 — The Batman was in the middle of filming when this whole mess went down.
That means it wasn’t scheduled for anytime in 2020 anyway…this is just WB acknowledging they won’t be able to fire the machine back up to top speed in time to meet the original release date of June 5, 2021. The Batman’s new release date is October 1, 2021.
And, as you’ve come to expect by now, moving one movie means another one has to get out of the way, creating a domino effect. However, WB does things a bit differently than Disney. This is a weird one: The Flash is being moved UP by one month; originally scheduled for July 1, 2022, it is now coming out June 3, 2022. It’s far enough away that the virus will likely be under control, but still.
Then there’s Shazam 2, and we have no idea why this is happening other than an outright open attempt to be cruel….it was meant to come out April 1, 2022 but is now being released on November 4, 2022. Maybe the extra time is meant for WB to recast Billy and the other kids….if they use the same crew, Shazam 2 will be just adults turning into other adults.
Finally, James Gunn’s Suicide Squad reboot, which with or without a delay is going to set a record for the closest reboot to the original film, has a new release date of….August 6, 2021. Hey wait a minute, that’s the old release date! It’s the only movie to make it through this like nothing happened. Go figure.