Batman, The: Pattinson’s Crusader Will Hit Theaters in 2022!

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The move of the anticipated superhero picture was among several major release changes announced by Warner.
The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson as the caped crusader, is on the move again. After a series of production delays, the superhero pic’s release date in theaters is being pushed from Oct. 1, 2021 to March 4, 2022, Warner Bros. announced Monday evening.The tentpole was among a number of key changes made to the studio’s release calendar as it grapples with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Other major changes include the untitled fourth The Matrix movie moving up from April 1, 2022, to Dec. 22, 2021.

On the DC front, The Flash, starring Ezra Miller as the speedy superhero, is moving back from June 3, 2022 to Nov. 4, 2022. Shazam! Fury of the Gods is leaving that Nov. 4, 2022 date and is shifting to June 2, 2023, while Dwayne Johnson spinoff Black Adam is moving off its Dec. 22, 2021  slot and is now undated.

In other changes: the videogame adaptation Minecraft is exiting its March 4, 2022 date and is now undated.

Outside of Warners’ and Legendary’s Dune, which has completed filming, the reason for many of the shifts are production delays.  The Batman, for example, shut down in March amid the coronavirus pandemic, and only a few days after resuming production in London, was shut down again on Sept. 3 after Pattinson tested positive for coronavirus.

Following Pattinson’s successful quarantining, filming resumed on September 17.

Dune’s new date comes after Warners had to push its high-profile superhero sequel Wonder Woman 1984 from Oct. 2 of this year to December 25, 2020. No studio wants to compete against itself.

For now, Warners is keeping Wonder Woman 1984 at its December date.