All the Movies That Have Been Postponed Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

One of the many things people looked forward to in 2020 were the many new movies that would appear on the big screen. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, movie theatres have shut down and many of the anticipated movies of the year have been postponed until further notice. Here are just a few that have been put on a pause for the time being.

1. The Batman

The eagerly awaited superhero film The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson directed by Matt Reeves, had been set to debut in theaters Jun. 25, 2021, and will now come out on Oct. 1, 2021. According to CNN, Warner Bros., which is owned by CNN's parent company, is pushing back more release dates for several films because of the pandemic.

2. In the Heights

If there was one movie musical to look forward to this year, it was In the Heights. When the news hit of the pandemic, Lin-Manuel Miranda expressed that there’s still stuff to be done. He told Rosie O’Donnell during her benefit YouTube show, “There’s a lot that remains to be done on that movie. We were finishing the score and the mixing and just getting the music exactly right.” The film was originally scheduled for a Jun. 26, 2020 release, but has been postponed to the summer of 2021.

3. Top Gun: Maverick

The sequel to the classic 1986 film, Top Gun, is another Hollywood blockbuster film to be delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. This upset many audiences considering how long many have been waiting for a sequel. The actor and main protagonist of the film, Tom Cruise, announced on Twitter the newest release date for the film. Cruise wrote, "I know many of you have waited 34 years. Unfortunately, it will be a little longer. Top Gun: Maverick will fly this December. Stay safe, everyone.”

4. Minions: The Rise of Gru

This movie is part of the Despicable Me universe and the sequel to the 2015 film Minions. Minions: The Rise of Gru was actually the first summer movie to be postponed as a result of the coronavirus. Universal Pictures and its Illumination Entertainment subsidiary announced the postponement of the animated sequel. Its original release date was this July but has been delayed until the following July. Illumination founder, Chris Meledandri stated “In response to the severity of the situation in France, we are temporarily closing our Illumination Mac Guff studio in Paris,” Meledandri said. “This means we will be unable to finish Minions: The Rise of Gru, in time for our planned global releases.”

5. Jungle Cruise

Jungle Cruise is another film that has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, this film was set to release this July after experiencing a previous delay. Unfortunately, it will be delayed once again to the following July.

Unfortunately, many other films have been postponed such as Wonder Woman 1984, Thor: Love and Thunder, Mulan, The Woman in the Window and much more. Many are hoping to go back to their theatres and enjoy the movie experience very soon. For now, Netflix, Hulu and Disney + will have to do.

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