Los Angeles, Jan 11 (UNI): WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar has reassured fans that Matt Reeves’ highly anticipated The Batman will be released on the given date.
Due to the spread of Omicron, Sony has pushed its comic book tentpole Morbius from January to April, and Disney announced that its Pixar title Turning Red will skip theatres in March and head straight to Disney Plus.
As such many movie goers have wondered if The Batman release is safe. Kilar told Puck News that Warner Bros. is keeping its eye on the pandemic, but no delay is currently in the cards.
“We’re certainly paying attention to everything going on with Omicron,” Kilar said. “We feel good about the date right now. We’re gonna watch it day by day.”
The Batman — starring Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz — will have an exclusive 45-day theatrical window before it’s made available to stream on HBO Max.
All of the studio’s 2021 movies, including The Matrix Resurrections and Dune, debuted in theatres at the same time while simultaneously streaming on HBO Max for their first 31 days of release.
Kilar said the studio “took understandable heat from a number of people” but the decision paid off, as HBO Max beat forecasts and ended 2021 with 73.8 million subscribers.
“It’s hard to argue; we made the right decision,” Kilar told Puck News. “We served the customers, the fans. We partnered with theatres; we were the only ones to provide 18 theatrical features with full marketing spends and full global theatrical releases. And we worked with our [talent] participants to make sure they were taken care of.”