Flashmag Digizine Edition Issue 110 October 2020 - Page 154

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Between the cascade of release date changes announced by Warner Bros. yesterday — including moving “Dune” to Oct. 1, 2021, “The Batman” to March 4, 2022 and “The Flash” to Nov. 4, 2022 — and Disney’s announcement on Sept. 23 that the studio was moving the bulk of its 2020 feature releases to 2021, it’s safe to say that the U.S. domestic theatrical business has effectively shut down for the rest of 2020. Just three major studio releases — DreamWorks’ “The Croods: A New Age,” Pixar’s “Soul,” and Warner Bros. “Wonder Woman 1984” — remain on the calendar for this year, the latter two written in the faintest pencil marks possible.

What is also immediately clear, however, is that theater owners now have a bonanza of potential blockbusters awaiting them to revive exhibition next year, especially when it comes to the backlog of superhero movies.

Consider that by the time “Black Widow” opens on its newest release date of May 7, 2021, it will have been 22 months since a film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe has played in theaters, a drought that has only further exacerbated the perilous health for exhibitors.

After the drought, comes the flood: After “Black Widow’s” premiere, eight Marvel Studios productions or co-productions are scheduled to play in theaters over the subsequent 14 months.

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Marvel and DC Movies Will Flood Theaters in 2021 and 2022