Major film studios halt new movie releases in Russia

Los Angeles, California - Warner Bros., Disney, Sony, and Paramount have paused several large theatrical releases in Russia amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, including the highly anticipated film, The Batman.

Warner Bros. has joined other major studios in pausing several theatrical releases in Russia amid the war in Ukraine, including Robert Pattinson's The Batman.
Warner Bros. has joined other major studios in pausing several theatrical releases in Russia amid the war in Ukraine, including Robert Pattinson's The Batman.  © Collage: IMAGO/Panthermedia & Prod.Db

The major movie studios have decided to delay some of this year's biggest releases in Russia due to the ongoing crisis, The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Monday.

This includes Warner Bros. Studios' upcoming flick The Batman, which stars Robert Pattinson as the caped crusader, along with Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Colin Ferrell, Jeffrey Wright, and Andy Serkis. The Batman was slated for release in Russia on March 3, and is expected to highlight Bruce Wayne's second and seemingly most dire year of crime fighting as he faces off against his infamous enemy, The Riddler.

A spokesperson for WarnerMedia 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.

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"We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. We hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to this tragedy."

The studio is one of many large entertainment organizations that have chosen to stand in solidarity with Ukraine following Russia's invasion.

Earlier on Monday, Disney became the first major Hollywood studio to hit pause on its Russian movie openings. Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red had been set to open March 10.

Sony followed suit by announcing it won't release Jared Leto’s Morbius in Russia next month, which was due out in the country on March 24.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been impacted and hope this crisis will be resolved quickly," a Sony Pictures Entertainment spokesperson said.

On Tuesday, Paramount also paused its upcoming Russian releases, including Sonic 2 and The Lost City.

The Batman is the first new release of the batch, slated to hit US theaters this Friday.

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