March 26, 2023


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‘Batman’ pulls Russian version – The Hollywood Reporter

'Batman' pulls Russian version - The Hollywood Reporter

Warner Bros. withdrew. Batman From the Russian version calendar at 11. The decision comes as Russia continues its conquest of Ukraine It follows Disney’s move to Pause upcoming releases in the country.

In light of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, WarnerMedia has paused the release of its feature film Batman In Russia, a spokesperson for WarnerMedia said in a statement. We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. We hope for a speedy and peaceful resolution of this tragedy.”

Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, was scheduled to open on March 3 in Russia as part of the film’s world premiere. Warner Bros. films include. The other upcoming ones are due to be released in Russia Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets (April 14th) Animation DC League of Super-Pets (May 19).

Russia is among the largest global box office markets and is a lucrative region for Hollywood releases, with Sony Spider-Man: There is no room for home It has earned more than $44.5 million so far since opening in December. Over the weekend of February 25-27, the first since Russia launched an unprovoked attack against Ukraine, a number of Hollywood releases opened in Russia, including Joe Wright. cyrano and Paramount The Godfather fiftieth anniversary. Among those left were what was left of Kenneth Branagh’s cars Death on the Nile Sony Unknown.

The decision to continue sending films to Russia sparked a conversation behind closed doors in Hollywood all weekend. As of late Sunday, Warner still intended to release him Batman There, but rapidly developing events saw those plans shift.

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On Monday afternoon, Disney became the first major Hollywood studio to say it had hit the pause button when opening its films in Russia.

“Due to the unjustified invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian crisis, we are temporarily stopping the release of theatrical films in Russia, including the upcoming one. turns red of Pixar, a spokesperson for The Walt Disney Company said in a statement. “We will make future action 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 the refugees.”

Disney and Pixar turns red It was scheduled to open on March 10 in Russia. WarnerMedia statement regarding Batman A Disney advertisement soon followed.

Soon after, the Motion Picture Association – the main lobbying arm of the major studios and Netflix – issued its first comment on the invasion.

The Motion Picture Association stands with the international community in support of the rule of law and condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. On behalf of our member companies, which lead the film, television and broadcast industry, we express our strongest support to the vibrant creative community of Ukraine who, like all people, deserve to live and work in peace,” the MPA statement said. “We will continue to monitor the situation, working closely with our members and our partners throughout the global creative sector.”

Sony followed up within an hour by announcing that it would not be releasing Morbius In Russia next month. Jared Leto Morbiuswhich is part of the Sony shared universe based on characters from Spider-Man mythos, was scheduled for release on March 24 in the country.

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“Due to the ongoing military action in Ukraine and the resulting uncertainty and humanitarian crisis unfolding in that region, we will pause our planned theatrical releases in Russia, including the upcoming edition of MorbiusA Sony Pictures Entertainment spokesperson said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected and we hope this crisis will be resolved quickly.”

Other pics of the upcoming event planned for release in Russia include Paramount Pictures lost city And the Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

Advertising spree by Hollywood studios Monday came on the heels of the European Union’s decision over the weekend to take Russia out of the SWIFT global banking system. Without SWIFT, studios may not be able to recover any funds from their Russian distribution partners.

This story has been updated with added data from MPA and Sony.