Warner Bros. pushes back its biggest blockbusters
It was bound to happen. And so it has proved as Warner Bros. have made some quite significant release date changes to their upcoming release schedule. And as I feared, one of the big releases for this November has been pushed back until next year instead. In a day of many releases seeing their slots all but vanish in a flash, let us see what is moving and to where.
‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ was one of the first to be moved, vacating the August 14th spot it had taken up to now open on October 2nd instead. This followed the Christopher Nolan film ‘Tenet‘ that had refused to move from its assigned July 17th placing only to capitulate and move back to July 31st instead. Even Keanu Reeves isn’t immune as ‘The Matrix 4‘ will now open April 1st, 2022 instead of the previously announced May 21st, 2021 date it had taken.
But it is the push back of ‘Godzilla Vs Kong‘ that is the biggest mover. I already expressed fears that it would move from its already previously delayed opening of November 20th and those fears have come to pass as the Monster smackdown won’t now debut until May 21st, 2021, the date ‘The Matrix 4‘ was due to open on originally. In a statement that was issued on social media, director Adam Wingard broke the news to the fans by saying:
“To all the Godzilla and Kong fans. I know you’re pumped up to see how the battle of the century will turn out, but with all that is going on, we’re going to have to wait just a little bit longer to see who will emerge victorious. Find the BIGGEST screen possible to see Kong and Godzilla face off May 2021!”
The release date changes are not just confined to Warner Bros. however. In addition to Warner’s slate of releases moving dates, the Robert Zemeckis adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel ‘The Witches‘ has been moved from its October 9th, 2020 release to an as-yet-unannounced 2021 slot. Also, the big-screen ‘Tom & Jerry‘ film has been taken from its December 23rd date to now open on March 5th, 2021. Solstice Studios ‘Unhinged‘ starring Russell Crowe which was lauded as the first film to open following the cinematic shutdown moves back from its July 1st opening but only by nine days to now open July 10th instead.
With these moves, it brings the possibility that we may as yet see a complete wipeout of cinematic entertainment for the year. It certainly wouldn’t be a shock if Disney’s ‘Mulan‘ was pushed back to a 2021 release instead of its July opening. Or if ‘Halloween Kills‘ is held back by a year to open next October instead. ‘Black Widow‘ to become a summer 2021 blockbuster instead of a Winter warmer. And ‘No Time To Die‘ to finally bid goodbye to Daniel Craig as James Bond in March or April of 2021. It’s a distinct possibility now that Warner Bros. has blinked and shifted its releases and can stand to reason if the other studios follow suit.
We can only hope that it won’t happen but we have to be prepared for it to become reality. If it does, then the Summer blockbuster season of 2021 will see the biggest influx of big-budget entertainment in movie history. And that could be too much of a good thing.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!