Warner Bros. Delays Dune to 2021, The Batman to 2022

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Update 11:50 p.m. (EST): That was quick. According to a report from Variety, Warner Bros. has gone ahead and delayed The Batman from October 1, 2021 to March 4, 2022. Interestingly, Matrix 4 is being moved forward from April 1, 2022 to December 22, 2021.

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Sorry, Dune fans, but the CG sandworms are going to stay buried for quite a while longer. Collider is reporting that Warner Bros. and Legendary have opted to delay Denis Villeneuve’s (Sicario, Blade Runner 2049) adaptation of Frank Herbert’s timeless sci-fi novel to October 1, 2021. The film was supposed to open on December 18 this year.

That’s an interesting date, being that October 1 is also the day where Warner decided to move a little-known film called The Batman. With the Dark Knight and Halloween lining up extremely well, we’re guessing that Dune could be subject to another shift.

“The Regal news is said to have sent shockwaves through the industry this weekend, forcing all studios to reevaluate their plans for the rest of the year,” Collider noted. “As of now, however, Warner Bros. still has WW84 on the schedule for Dec. 25, while Disney remains slated to release Pixar’s Soul in November.”

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, you can check it out below. We’re not too sure about the costume design and that cheesy-looking fight between Timothée Chalamet (Paul Atreides) and Josh Brolin (Gurney Halleck), but Dune should be pretty entertaining if it’s anything like Villeneuve’s past works.

Tsing Mui
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