Bruce Wayne has decided to sit out this Coronavirus thing in his Batcave. Don’t disturb him. Matt Reeves’ The Batman is just the latest blockbuster film to be delayed over the outbreak of COVID-19. According to THR, production on the Robert Pattinson-led Bat-film has been suspended for two weeks, ahead of a move to Liverpool. “The studio will continue to monitor the situation closely”, Warner Bros. said in a statement. They’ve kept moving forward on The Matrix 4 and the latest Fantastic Beasts, however.
Meanwhile, it turns out the thing to finally shut down Jurassic Park is the coronavirus, not rampaging dinosaurs. Production on Jurassic World: Dominion, which just started shooting a couple of weeks ago, has been shutdown by Universal. This shouldn’t be a surprise given their recent year-long delay of F9. The studio will determine a new course of action “in the coming weeks.”
Netflix isn’t immune to the outbreak’s effects, either. According to Deadline, production has stopped on the fourth season of Stranger Things, as well as the Dwayne Johns/Gal Gadot/Ryan Reynolds film Red Notice. That’s a helluva lot of star power to keep on the bench. Curious to see how that could impact future scheduling.
Marvel’s Falcon and the Winter Soldier was just the first Disney+ show to be put on the blocks because of coronavirus. Loki and WandaVision are also on ice, according to Variety. Whether this will impact their eventual release is unclear, but the MCU is all connected so if one thing moves the rest may be forced to follow.