Batman, The: Warner Pulls from Russian Release

‘Batman’: Warner Delays Release in Russia

The move comes amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


Warner has pulled The Batman from its Russian release calendar at the 11th hour. The decision comes as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine and follows Disney’s move to pause its upcoming releases in the country.

“In light of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, WarnerMedia is pausing the release of its feature film The Batman in Russia,” a WarnerMedia spokesperson said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. We hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to this tragedy.”

The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, was to open on March 3 in Russia as part of the film’s global rollout.

Other upcoming Warner films slated for release in Russia include Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (April 14) and DC League of Super-Pets (May 19).

Russia has become fertile territory for Hollywood releases in recent years, with Spider-Man: No Way Home earning 44.5 million in the country.

Over the February 25-27 weekend, the first since Russia launched an unprovoked attack against Ukraine, a number of Hollywood releases opened in Russia, including Joe Wright’s Cyrano and Paramount’s The Godfather 50th Anniversary.

 Holdovers included Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile and Sony’s Uncharted.

The decision whether to continue to send films to Russia has sparked conversation behind closed doors in Hollywood.

Other event pics planned for release in Russia include Paramount’s Lost City and Sonic the Hedgehog 2, along with Sony’s Morbius.