Words for Female First by Cora Parkinson
Recently we all found out that one of our biggest cinema chains are temporarily closing their doors from October 9th, 2020 until further notice, due to the push back of No Time to Die, the latest instalment of the James Bond film franchise. With this recent news came further delays for some of the most anticipated movies of the year, so what better time to go through them?
No Time To Die
As previously mentioned, No Time To Die has been delayed. The eagerly-anticipated final performance from Daniel Craig as James Bond was looking good as we moved towards a November 2020 release. With the lockdown restrictions loosening up a bit and Tenet making it to cinemas nationwide, it seemed like a sure bet. Unfortunately, after the underwhelming box office performance of Tenet - despite the hope that the mind-bending film by Chris Nolan would save cinema and drag the cinema economy out of the dirt - Bond took notes and decided to try and stay as clear of covid-19 as possible. The film’s now been pushed to April 2021.
After months of fans sat eagerly waiting for Denis Villeneuve to reveal our first look at Dune, he finally released a trailer in September. The teaser showcased incredible visuals, a star-studded cast, and best of all a release date of December 2020… right? Unfortunately, Warner Brothers decided to move the movie from this year almost a full year back, to October 2021.
Marvel’s calendar has taken a big hit through the cinema shutdowns and with a universe that relies strongly on its interconnectivity, it’s made it hard to release their upcoming TV projects at risk of spoiling the movies that haven’t had a chance to make it to the big screen. Speaking of, Black Widow was originally dropping in May of this year, but then got moved to November, taking the spot of The Eternals. Then, due to another lockdown rearing its ugly head, Black Widow was moved to May of 2021, a year later than the original plan!
Arguably the biggest loss is Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which got a huge pushback. With the project already facing delay due to a set lockdown following a coronavirus outbreak scare, The Batman was already not looking good when it comes to hitting its intended release. With a lot riding on a new Batman reboot, Warner Brothers will be wanting to stay as clear of the virus’ effect on cinema as possible. The Batman has been moved from October 2021 to March 2022.