It's reported that Warner Bros. and Legendary have decided to push back the Dune release date which may mean both Wonder Woman 1984 and The Batman could get delayed as well.
The delay of the Dune release date follows the news that Regal is closing all of its cinemas because of the release date for James Bond No Time To Die moving from 2020 to 2021.
Regarding Dune, it has seen its December 18, 2020 release date pushed back to October 1, 2021 (via Collider).
DC fans will recognize that The Batman has that same October 1, 2021 release date, so expect a new release date for The Batman as well. Update: The Batman moves to March 4, 2022.
Wonder Woman 1984 is scheduled to be released on Dec. 25 of this year, but since James Bond recently moved, and with Dune moving, in addition to Regal cinemas closing, and movie theaters still closed down, it seems the writing is again on the wall that WW84 will again get pushed back.
WB's plan was to have both Dune and WW84 released in December as they felt December could handle two blockbuster movies, but obviously, the movie theater business is still in a state of disarray because of all the shutdowns caused by the fears surrounding the coronavirus.
Hollywood in panic mode
Hollywood insiders filled me in that the movie theaters are in panic mode with war erupting with the studios over releasing content on streaming and also that Hollywood is worried about a big year gap regarding new content. Back in June, I was also told that AMC informed its upper management about the potential of closing down.
"The theater industry is being a b-tch towards the studios, no flexibility," said my insider. "They've even gone so far as to threaten studios if they begin releasing major motion pictures on stream. It sounds wildly tense. The theaters keep threatening to drop studio content if they continue to push audiences to home video."