Monday Movie Report: WB pushes back ‘Batman,’ shifts schedule

A new “Batman” film and other pictures in development under the Warner Bros. umbrella are being pushed back because of the coronavirus.

According to Variety, WB has altered its plans for “The Batman,” a prequel film to “The Sopranos” and a picture titled “Many Saints of Newark.” Most notable is “The Batman,” which stars Robert Pattinson and was set to hit theaters June 25, 2021.

However, work on “The Batman” has been halted because of COVID-19. As a result, the Dark Knight’s latest adventure is being pushed to Oct. 1, 2021.

“The Many Saints of Newark,” meanwhile, is being shifted from Sept. 25, of this year to March 12 of 2021.

Variety reports that WB has also moved “The Flash” from July to June of 2022, while “Shazam 2” is being pushed to November of 2022, rather than April.

Other movies shifting around include an Elvis Presley film with Tom Hanks and Austin Butler going from October to November of 2021, while a sports drama titled King Richard with Will Smith will be moved from this year to November 2021.

However, Variety reports that other WB flicks, such as “Tenet” and “Wonder Woman 84” are staying with their respective release dates of July 17 and Aug. 14.

As theaters remain closed because of the pandemic, there are films released a few months ago in theaters just now hitting home streaming to watch. Here’s what’s scheduled for this week:

  • Like a Boss, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 2.14 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 21%, MetaCritic rating: 33, LetterBoxD rating: 2.1 out of 5.
  • The Turning, my rating: 1 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 12%, MetaCritic rating: 35, LetterBoxD rating: 1.7 out of 5.
  • Ip Man 4, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 90%, MetaCritic rating: 62, LetterBoxD rating: 3.2 out of 5
  • The Last Full Measure, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 60%, MetaCritic rating: 52, LetterBoxD rating: 2.9 out of 5.
  • Sea Fever, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 86%, MetaCritic rating: 59, LetterBoxD rating: 3 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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