Oh boy the last few hours have been turbulent in the world of film, as a number of big name movies have had their release dates shuffled around, with mostly delays in the mix.
Collider reports that Dune has been delayed into next year, and Variety has provided updates for The Batman, The Matrix 4, The Flash and Shazam 2. Strangely, The Matrix 4 has actually been moved up and not delayed.
The movies, their old release dates and their new release dates as per these reveals are as follows.
- Dune: Was 18th December 2020 now 1st October 2021
- The Batman: Was 1st October 2021 now 4th March 2022
- The Matrix 4: Was 1st April 2022 now 22nd December 2021
- The Flash: Was 3rd June 2022 now 4th November 2022
- Shazam 2: Was 4th November 2022 now 2nd June 2023
These date changes are slowly being recognised officially by the powers that be. If you visit the official Twitter or Instagram accounts for Dune you will find the descriptions for both now have 1st October 2021 sneakily added to the bios on both.
Of the movies discussed here Dune was the closest to being released and has been completed while the other titles haven’t enjoyed the same luxury.
Variety adds that Warner Bros., the studio behind the films on the list above, cite “production delays” as the cause for the reshuffling as the pandemic means filming can’t continue as usual.
The only movie left on the horizon of 2020 is Wonder Woman 1984, which still proudly displays “only in theatres” at the end of its latest trailer released in August. This movie is still scheduled for release on 25th December 2020.
The numbers around Disney’s live action Mulan remake and Christopher Nolan’s Tenet are muddy right now as arguably the two biggest movies to release while COVID-19 still has such a stranglehold on the world.
We can’t imagine either are doing too hot if studios are choosing to move release dates around like this. Warner Bros. was one of the production companies behind Tenet, which made waves as it refused to be delayed again and forced through a theatre opening.