Every few years there is a different virus that threatens the world. Whether it’s the bird flu, swine flu, Ebola or others, something is always after us. By no means am I trying to diminish the seriousness of the current threat the COVID-19 aka Coronavirus, but for the most part we will remain safe if we just follow good hygiene practices.
But with the number of cases rising in the United States as well as 6 confirmed deaths, many in the entertainment business are reconsidering some of the events that they have planned that would bring in many people together. A perfect example comes via Newsarama that is reporting that Warner Bros. has cancelled a March 16th planned New York premiere of the animated Superman: Red Son film. In a statement Warner Bros. has said that the cancellation is over the concerns about the coronavirus.
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“As the impact and spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Warner Bros. is placing added emphasis on the health and welfare of its employees, talent and fans,” reads a statement. “To help minimize risk of exposure, Warner Bros. has opted to take preventative measures and cancel the New York premiere of “Superman: Red Son” on March 16, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused, and we look forward to seeing you at future events.”
It’s supposed to be a very busy spring for DC as they have plans for Emerald City Comic Con in mid-March, Fan Expo Dallas late March, Wondercon mid-April and Comic-Con International in late July. But in an interesting move they have updated a weekend press release changing their involvements with these conventions from a definite to “may” appear in order “to allow some flexibility”. This of course is being blamed on the “ongoing issues due to coronavirus which may impact travel.”
It’s important to note that a Los Angeles premiere for Superman: Red Son happened on February 24th with no problem. Also C2E2 took place in Chicago, Illinois this past weekend with no apparent problem. If you are planning to attend any of these shows just make sure to keep up with your hygiene and your vitamin C. Also don’t get offended if some of the talent are not feeling a handshake or even a fist bump, they have to meet with hundreds if not thousands in the next few months.
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