“The Batman” is getting a new Bat-time: The film directed by Matt Reeves will now hit theaters on March 4, 2022, Warner Bros. announced on Monday.
The release date change is one of several announced by Warner Bros. on Monday. Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” was moced from its December 2020 release date to Oct. 1, 2021, originally the home of “The Batman.” Meanwhile, the upcoming new installment of “The Matrix” series was moved from April 2022 to December 2021, “The Flash” was pushed from June 2022 to November 2022. “Shazam! 2” moved from November 2022 to June 2023, and Dwayne Johnson’s “Black Adam” was taken off the schedule.
“The Batman” resumed production in the U.K. last month after a cast member tested positive for COVID-19. The film’s star, Robert Pattinson, was reported by Vanity Fair to have tested positive, though Warner Bros. did not comment on the identity of the member of the production.
Production first picked up on “The Batman,” directed by Matt Reeves, back at the start of September. The DC superhero film was shut down due to the coronavirus at Warner Bros.’ Leavesden Studios in the U.K. after being halted seven weeks into production back in March. The shoot still has roughly 11 weeks to go.
Depending on how the spread of coronavirus cases in the U.K. play out, “The Batman” could wrap shooting by the end of the year. Back in April, Warner Bros. pushed the release of the film to Oct. 1, 2021, from its original June 25, 2021 release date.
The cast includes Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton, also known as the Riddler and John Turturro is playing Carmine Falcone. Andy Serkis will play Alfred Pennyworth and Colin Farrell will portray The Penguin. Jeffrey Wright is playing Commissioner Gordon, Peter Saarsgard is playing the role of Wasserman, while Jayme Lawson is set to star as well.
Reeves has described his film as a “defining” and “very personal” story about the Dark Knight, rather than an origin story in the vein of Frank Miller’s beloved “Year One” series. According to insiders with knowledge of the project, Reeves’ film will explore Bruce Wayne’s second year as the Dark Knight detective.