Filling seats at the theatre after COVID-19 will be biggest challenge: Film critic
The coronavirus pandemic that’s shuttered cinemas around the world and forced movie studios to delay releasing new films is disrupting the 2021 movie schedule now, too.
The newest “Batman” movie will be released in October 2021, four months later than planned, AT&T Inc.’s Warner Bros. said Monday. The studio also delayed a movie about Elvis Presley scheduled to come out late next year and a picture about King Richard that was slated for November 2020.
Studios try to stay out of one another’s way by staggering their blockbuster releases. But with most of this year’s major movies delayed, including the Marvel installment “Black Widow” and the James Bond flick “No Time to Die,” their delicate scheduling has been thrown into disarray.
It’s not clear when audiences will be able to return to theaters, but the third-largest U.S. chain, Cinemark Holdings Inc., expects to welcome back customers around July 1. The operators will likely need to limit ticket sales for months to maintain social distancing.