The Coronavirus pandemic has altered the very fabric of the entertainment industry, and even the Caped Crusader isn’t immune. Variety reports that The Batman release has been delayed. Warner Bros. made drastic changes to their calendar, including playing musical chairs with other comic book films The Flash and Shazam! Fury of the Gods.

The Batman will now soar into theaters March 4, 2022 as opposed to its original October 1, 2021 date. Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune will now occupy the date left in The Batman‘s wake. 

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Now, the Matt Reeves flick had already seen its fair share of setbacks, including a mandatory production shutdown as COVID-19 took hold. Then, just as The Batman resumed production in the UK, star Robert Pattinson contracted the virus. Needless to say, the film has encountered obstacle after obstacle this year. 

But that’s not all! The Matrix 4, directed by Lana Wachowski, will be premiering several months earlier than previously reported. The Keanu Reeves Carrie-Anne Moss vehicle will now debut December 22, 2021. Its initial release was April 1, 2022. 

Warner Bros. pushed Shazam! Fury of the Gods back to June 2, 2023, several months behind its original November 4, 2022 date. Now, The Flash will snatch that slot. Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson, and the film adaptation of video game Minecraft have been struck from the studio’s release calendar. Whether that’s indefinitely or permanently remains to be seen. 

With so many rearrangements, it’s difficult to keep track of which projects are premiering and when. Here’s hoping this is the last of the release calendar shifts. 

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