Fresh woe for cinemas as new Batman film is delayed due to coronavirus

The Batman is the latest blockbuster to be delayed because of coronavirus, raising fresh doubts over the future of hundreds of UK cinemas.

Yesterday, Warner Brothers said it would push back the release of the superhero epic, starring Twilight actor Robert Pattinson, from October 2021 until spring 2022.

It also revealed that sci-fi film Dune, has been postponed from December to October next year. Cinemas now face an existential threat from a drought of big releases.

Warner Brothers said it would push back the release of the latest Batman film, starring Twilight actor Robert Pattinson (pictured), from October 2021 until spring 2022

Warner Brothers said it would push back the release of the latest Batman film, starring Twilight actor Robert Pattinson (pictured), from October 2021 until spring 2022

Warner Brothers said it would push back the release of the latest Batman film, starring Twilight actor Robert Pattinson (pictured), from October 2021 until spring 2022

On Monday Cineworld shut all its 128 UK cinemas, putting 5,500 jobs at risk, until the spring after the release of the latest James Bond movie, No Time to Die, was postponed.

Odeon has said it will only open 30 of 120 sites at weekends. Social distancing coupled with people’s fears of catching the virus mean most viewers are staying at home.

Tenet, directed by Christopher Nolan, took $300million (£228million) – much less than his previous film Dunkirk, which took £400million. 

The subdued response spooked executives and sparked a rash of postponements.

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