The Batman Russia release stalled, Disney and Sony follow suit


The Batman Russia release stalled, Disney and Sony follow suit

The ongoing Russia-Ukraine war has worried the world. Amid this, Warner Bros has decided to halt the release of The Batman in Russia, just days before it was to open in theaters there. This comes after Hollywood's decision to cease distribution plans in the country following Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. Soon, Walt Disney Co. and Sony Pictures followed suit and said that they would pause the release of their films in Russia. Each studio has upcoming releases that had been set to debut internationally in the coming weeks.


The Batman is all set to launch on Friday, March 4, in North America and many overseas territories. This also included Russia. However, a spokesperson for the studio said in a statement, "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."

Matt Reeves' The Batman is a reboot of the Batman film franchise. Besides Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz, the cast features Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro and Peter Sarsgaard, among others.


A similar decision was made by Walt Disney Co. The studio had planned to open the Pixar film Turning Red in Russia on March 10. That film is now going straight to Disney+ in the US. "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," a Disney spokesperson said in a statement. "We will make future business decisions based on the evolving situation. In the meantime, given the scale of the emerging refugee crisis, we are working with our NGO partners to provide urgent aid and other humanitarian assistance to refugees."

After Disney and Warner Bros made their announcements, Sony followed suit. "Given the ongoing military action in Ukraine and the resulting uncertainty and humanitarian crisis unfolding in that region, we will be pausing our planned theatrical releases in Russia, including the upcoming release of Morbius," Sony said in a statement referencing the Spider-Man spinoff opening in early April. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been impacted and hope this crisis will be resolved quickly."

On Saturday, February 26, the Ukrainian Film Academy had called for an international boycott of the Russian film industry.


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