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'The Batman,' 'Dune' release dates pushed back by Warner Bros. due to coronavirus concerns
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In what amounts to further bad news for the already struggling theater industry, Warner Bros. is pushing back the release of key titles such as “Dune,” and “The Batman.”
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Matt Reeves' gritty caped crusader reboot was originally scheduled to come out on Oct. 1, 2021 after several setbacks and delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. However, Warner Bros. confirmed to FOX Business that the release of “The Batman” will officially be pushed back to March 4, 2022.
However, the studio isn’t yielding the Oct. 1, 2021 release date just yet. Instead, it’s shifted the highly anticipated remake of “Dune,” starring Timothy Chalamet, to that date. The science-fiction epic was originally scheduled to come out in December of 2020 but now joins the myriad of films bowing out of the 2020 box office race for fear that the coronavirus will continue to lead to small theater sales that run the risk of not making up the cost of production.
In a shocking move earlier this week, major exhibitor Cineworld announced it was closing Regal Cinemas locations throughout the United States thanks to a dearth of new releases for the remainder of the year. “Dune” joins “Wonder Woman 1984” "Black Widow" and “No Time to Die” as major blockbuster tentpoles that jumped ship in 2020.
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