The Batman has been delayed by Warner Bros.
Well, folks. It’s happened. We knew it was coming, but I know a lot of us were hoping it wouldn’t. Over the past couple of months, we’ve been holding our collective breaths over every in-production film and TV show out there. Would every production under the sun get their release date altered? It’s certainly looking like it, and the next victim looks to be Matt Reeves’ The Batman.
According to TheWrap, Warner Bros. has pushed the superhero film’s release to October 1, 2021. This is over three months after its original June 25, 2021 release date. Production originally began on the Robert Pattinson-starring The Batman back in late January, so they were well into things when they were canceled. Last month, they suspended production once the COVID-19 novel coronavirus took hold of worldwide headlines.
In addition to The Batman, there are two other big projects that have been affected. The Flash will now release on June 3, 2022, roughly a month earlier than planned. Shazam 2 will get pushed back to November 4, 2022 to April.
This news is sure to sadden fans of the Caped Crusader. Many of us have been watching this project wallow in development for years. On the heels of Batman v Superman, many of us relished the idea of seeing Ben Affleck star in and direct a Batman movie. He worked at it for a long time, even apparently completing a solid script that people had positive things to say about. Originally, Affleck stated that the character was simply one he couldn’t crack.
However, back in February, he came clean about his real reasons.
“I showed somebody The Batman script,” he told The New York Times. “They said, ‘I think the script is good. I also think you’ll drink yourself to death if you go through what you just went though again.’”
The end result was him stepping away as director, and eventually, as star. It took a while for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes helmer Matt Reeves to hop on board, and even longer for him to develop. It’s been over four years since Batman v Superman hit, and we’re all that much more eager to see The Batman realized on the big screen.
So, when all said and done, what’s a few more months?
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