Warner Bros says it is delaying the release of Dune and The Batman due to coronavirus pandemic lockdowns and physical distancing measures that have closed theatres worldwide. Dune is now scheduled to open in October 2021, instead of this December. The release of The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, has been moved from October 2021 to 2022.
Filming of The Batman had been suspended for two weeks after a member of the production – widely reported to be Pattinson – tested positive for the new coronavirus.
The widely anticipated Dune has a star-studded cast including Timothee Chalamet, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the 2017 film Call Me by Your Name, and Zendaya, who made history last month by becoming the youngest woman to ever win the Emmy for Best Actress in a drama series.
Other big-budget Warner Bros movies to have their releases delayed included Tenet and Wonder Woman 1984. The release of the new James Bond movie No Time to Die has also been delayed until April 2021.
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