Jared Leto’s Spider-Man spinoff was supposed to release in just a few weeks. Morbius has now been delayed more times than 20 Century Fox’s New Mutants, setting a staggering new record for genre fans everywhere.
Spider-Man: No Way Home streaming spinoff Morbius streaming has been delayed, with the movie’s release date moving to April 1. Morbius, a Sony movie starring Jared Leto, was supposed to be released on Jan. 28, but has been delayed amid a surge in COVID-19 cases across the globe due to the omicron variant. It will also now be Sony’s top release during the Easter period.
The latest Morbius trailer, released in November, hinted at a connection with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony’s Spider-adjacent films come from the same Marvel comics but for rights reasons the films are technically separate from the MCU. Still, Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Spider-Man: No Way Home paved the way for big-screen battles between Tom Holland’s MCU webslinger and Sony’s roster of villains.
DC Films/Warner Bros. sent out a Bat signal today, releasing two new posters to tout the March release of the latest film version of the Caped Crusader.
Leto’s character, Michael Morbius, is a scientist who tries to cure his rare blood disease by using bat DNA, and becomes a vampire in the process.
Morbius was originally supposed to come out in July 2020 but was one of many blockbusters reshuffled around the calendar. The box office schedule appeared settled as The Matrix: Resurrections and billion-dollar hit No Way Home opened in theaters over the holidays, but it seems the omicron threat will see pandemic postponements continue after all. We’ll keep our movie release date calendar updated with any changes.
Robert Pattinson is the star of the superhero saga, playing against Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sargaard, Andy Sarkis and Colin Farrell. The film is currently scheduled for an early March release.
Set in his second year of fighting crime, Batman targets corruption in New Jersey’s Gotham City while chasing the Riddler.
Review Trailer: The Batman streaming
The Batman’s March release date will be here before we know it and I’m sure fans out there are wondering just how comfortable they’ll need to get in those movie theater seats when the film finally hits the big screen. If this latest theater listing is to be believed, we’re going to need to get nice and cozy with two to three popcorn refills.
According to the listing for the film on the IMAX Melbourne website, The Batman will have a runtime of 176 minutes. That’s 2 hours and 56 minutes, for those seeking a different numerical perspective. That’s pretty much three hours to spend with Robert Pattinson’s take on the Dark Knight. The film’s IMDB page currently lists the film with a runtime of 2 hours and 55 minutes.
The 176-minute runtime would make The Batman the longest Batman movie to date. The current record-holder is Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises which clocks in eleven minutes shorter at 2 hours and 45 minutes. The Dark Knight is up next at 2 hours and 32 minutes while Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is just a smidge behind that at 2 hours and 31 minutes.
Review Trailer: The Northman streaming
Director Robert Eggers (The Witch, The Lighthouse), said in an interview with EW that The Northman was “by far the hardest thing” he’s done. These are not warm and fuzzy Vikings, let’s put it that way. As a child, Amleth, the heir to the Viking throne, witnesses his uncle Fjolnir murder his father. King Aurvandi, providing him with the mantra “I will avenge you, father. I will save you, mother. I will kill you, Fjolnir.” And side note, even though they all speak English, the Vikings (in the trailer at least) have what sound like appropriate Scandinavian accents. Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk, and Willem Dafoe star in The Northman, which comes to theaters April 22nd.
Ready for a 3-Hour Batman Movie?
Matt Reeves’ The Batman is reportedly three hours long, which suggests a different kind of superhero origin story.
Holy restless legs, Batman, your new movie is going to have the same length as The Godfather! That’s at least what appears to be the case for The Batman, which has been recorded by IMDb to have a running time of two hours and 55 minutes—just three minutes shorter than Peter Jackson’s theatrical cut of The Fellowship of the Ring.
If true, the news marks Matt Reeves’ latest reinvention of the Batman mythology as a continual outlier among superhero movies, at least for those in their first outings. Marketed with a severity of tone and a menace of violence so extreme that it surprised many when The Batman received a PG-13 rating instead of an R, the new movie looks to be the darkest interpretation yet of a popular superhero who has repeatedly courted bleak and bleaker visions from filmmakers. Indeed, Tim Burton’s Batman Returns (1992) caused its Happy Meal partner, McDonald’s, to receive hate mail from parents. These days that movie looks downright jovial when compared to The Batman’s vision of the Riddler character—a supervillain who now appears to have stepped out of David Fincher’s Zodiac.
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Which perhaps explains the running time. Like that Fincher serial killer epic—a movie that clocked in at two hours and 37 minutes in its theatrical cut—The Batman is positioning itself to be more of a grand epic for adults, and one with the running time to match. Of course Reeves is not the first filmmaker to reach toward a massive scope with the character. Christopher Nolan’s groundbreaking The Dark Knight (2008) was a high-minded superhero movie that pulled more from Heat and Jaws than it did typical genre formulae. However, that movie was also marketed as a guns-blazing summer action movie, complete with trucks flipping, speeding cars chasing, and a rock star-like turn by Heath Ledger’s Joker. It was additionally the sequel to a more traditional superhero movie, the under 2.5-hour Batman Begins (2005).
By contrast, The Batman appears nearly sinister with its enigmatic tone and a marketing campaign the emphasizes the grisliness of Paul Dano’s serial killer Riddler. And at a running time of two hours and 55 minutes, it well exceeds the 155-minute length of The Dark Knight. All of which begs the question of whether audiences are ready for a brooding three hour-The Batman Isn’t Part of DC’s Multiverse movie?