Warner Bros. Pro-Ukraine, Pauses Release of ‘The Batman’ in Russia

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Robert Pattinson as The Batman and Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman staring at the sunrise

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Warner Brothers and DC have halted the release of The Batman (2022) in Russia amid the nation’s “unprovoked invasion” of neighboring Ukraine.

Robert Pattinson as Batman
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The Walt Disney Company became the first movie studio to halt Russian releases, and Warner Media quickly followed suit by delaying the debut of Robert Pattinson’s The Batman.

Warner Brothers released the following statement late Monday evening:

“In light of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, WarnerMedia is pausing the release of its feature film ‘The Batman’ in Russia. We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. We hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to this tragedy.”

Robert Pattison as the Batman
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The Walt Disney Company announced Monday evening that they would be halting all upcoming theatrical releases in Russia — including Pixar’s Turning Red (2022) — following the Russian invasion of sovereign Ukraine. Per a CNBC report:

“Given the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian crisis, we are pausing the release of theatrical films in Russia, including the upcoming ‘Turning Red’ from Pixar,” the company said in a statement Monday. “We will make future business decisions based on the evolving situation.

Robert Pattinson as The Batman
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The world at large is outraged by Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, with sanctions from most of the western world already in place.

mickey and minnie in front of tokyo disney castle
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The Batman is still slated to debut outside of Russia on March 4, 2022.

More about The Batman

During his second year of fighting crime, Batman pursues the Riddler, a serial killer who targets elite Gotham City citizens. He uncovers corruption that connects to his own family during the investigation, and is forced to make new allies to catch the Riddler and bring the corrupt to justice.

Paul Dano as the Riddler
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The Batman has been in development for almost a decade, with DCEU “Batfleck” Ben Affleck originally at the helm to star, write, and direct this DC film that was initially connected to Zack Snyder:

Development began after Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) in 2013. Affleck signed on to direct, produce, co-write, and star in The Batman, but had reservations about the project and dropped out. Reeves took over and reworked the story, removing the DCEU connections. He sought to explore Batman’s detective side more than previous films, drawing inspiration from 1970s films and comics… Pattinson was cast to replace Affleck in May 2019, and further casting took place in late 2019. 

Robert Pattinson as The Batman
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Among the many controversies of recent DC films, such as Joss Whedon’s reported racist treatment towards Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021) star Ray Fisher — as well as various controversies that were afflicted upon Ezra Miller (Barry Allen/The Flash) and Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman) — The Batman is the turning point in the future of DC heroes, villains, and more.

batman (left) and wonder woman (right) in justice league
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Robert Pattinson stars as the Bruce Wayne/The Batman (AKA “Dark Knight”), with Zoë Kravitz (Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Paul Dano (Edward Nashton/Riddler), Colin Farrell (Penguin), Jeffrey Wright (LT. James Gordon), Andy Serkis (Alfred Pennyworth), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Barry Keoghan (Officer Stanley Merkel) support the three-hour-long movie that’s set to destroy Gotham City, frame the Caped Crusader, and break box office records — all from the mind of writer and director Matt Reeves and composer Michael Giacchino.

Debuting worldwide on March 4, 2022, fans can order their tickets here.

Stay tuned to Inside the Magic for additional details on this developing story.

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