The Batman starring Robert Pattinson has been pushed back until 2022 by Warner Bros. The comic book film from director Matt Reeves had been due for release on June 25, 2021, but was pushed back earlier this year until October 1, 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now following a spate of recent delays to film releases including James Bond film No Time To Die, Warner Bros has delayed sci-fi epic Dune from December this year until the previous October slot that The Batman occupied. The Batman will now be released in cinemas on March 4, 2022.
Production has been filming in London and is due to film in Chicago, Illinois, having resumed in September following a shut down in March due to the pandemic. Filming was briefly paused in September due to a positive Covid-19 test on set, widely reported to be Pattinson himself. The Batman is thought to wrap up filming by the end of the year.
The film will follow Bruce Wayne in his second year of crime-fighting as the caped crusader as he investigates a wave of crime in Gotham City and the actions of a serial killer known as The Riddler, played by Oscar-nominated actor Paul Dano. Also starring in the film is Big Little Lies star Zoe Kravitz as thief Catwoman/Selina Kyle, Colin Farrell as the gangster known as The Penguin, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner James Gordon, and Andy Serkis as Bruce's butler, Alfred Pennyworth.
The Batman is intended to be the first of a new trilogy of films by director Matt Reeves and will also receive a spin-off television series focused on the Gotham City Police Department that will be released on US streaming service HBO Max. Meanwhile, the delayed sci-fi epic Dune was due to be released in December before being moved to October 2021.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the is based on the classic novel by Frank Herbert, and follows a noble family who arrive on the desert planet Arrakis to guard the vital resource known as Melange which fuels interplanetary travel and long life, but become under attack from their vengeful rivals.
It stars Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKingley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, with Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem. It is currently unknown whether Wonder Woman 1984, which stars Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, will keep its latest December 25 release date.