It’s going to be a long Halloween as Warner Bros announced The Batman has been pushed to an October 2021 release date.
Matt Reeves’ Dark Knight wasn’t the only DC Films project on the move with Shazam 2 moving a whole seven months from April 1 to November 4, 2022. Additionally, The Flash is unable to stand still as the proposed Ezra Miller flick will be coming out a month before to June 2, instead of July 1, 2022.
At this point, I don’t think anyone cares about The Flash movie as Miller may be moved from the role and replaced by someone else. Meanwhile, it won’t have much impact on directors Andy Muchietti’s plans.
The reason for WB to move the date again is because of Captain Marvel 2 was set to release the week after The Flash and would’ve gotten smashed in the box office.
The big news is The Batman changing dates to something seemingly more fitting for the upcoming Robert Pattinson led movie as the atmosphere around the film screams Autumn (Fall) and Joker proved you could make plenty of money during this period.
Also, a Batman coming out around Halloween is perfect, especially if it follows The Long Halloween storyline.
Once again, just watch the costume reveal/ camera test video Reeves released and listen to the music. Trust me; this new release date is a match made in heaven.
The real reason for the change is because of COVID-19, and the effects it has had on filming in the UK as it’s likely camera won’t be able to roll again until June at the earliest.
As for Shazam 2, the push back will be a blessing for director David Sandberg as it gives him more time to work on the script and pre-production as well as more time all around.
It should be said these DC projects weren’t the only ones moved around as WB moved The Sopranos prequel titled The Many Saints of Newark pushing it from September 25, 2020, to March 12, 2021.
Elsewhere, with The Batman taking their release date Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks as moved to November 5, 2021. Then there’s King Richard; a Will Smith sports drama about the father of tennis legends Serena and Venus Williams is pushed back a full year to November 19, 2021, from November 25, 2020.
There is currently no change in dates for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet still coming out on July 17 and Wonder Woman 1984 on August 14 as the studio hopes cinemas to be open by this time and that these films will bring audiences back.