Warner Bros. has shaken up the release calendar for many of its upcoming films — including “The Batman” and “The Sopranos” prequel, titled “The Many Saints of Newark.”
“The Batman,” starring Robert Pattinson and directed by Matt Reeves, was originally expected to debut June 25, 2021, and will now launch in theaters on Oct. 1, 2021.
Numerous films, including “The Batman,” have been forced to put production on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic. Movie theaters in the U.S., and in much of the world, have also mandated to close because of the global heath crisis, causing studios to reshuffle movies scheduled for summer and fall of 2020 and beyond.
As part of Warner Bros.’ announcement Monday, “The Many Saints of Newark” has been pushed from Sept. 25, 2020, to March 12, 2021.
The movie that presaged the onslaught of comic-book films is back in a 3-hour plus version, an extended cut of Richard Donner’s 1978 classic with 40 minutes of extra footage, Warner Archive Collection‘s Facebook page announced.
This version will be paired with Donner’s Special Edition Director’s Cut which was previously released back in 2000.
ABC first aired a similar version back in 1982, which was a special 3-hour plus cut dubbed “Salkind International Extended Cut”, an extended version of what was released theatrically. Superman: The Movie originally ran for 137 minutes.
That extended version broadcast of a major blockbuster was unheard of at the time and happened over the course of two nights. Many of the added footage have since showed up as deleted extras on previous releases, but never as a complete official release on dvd nor on blu-ray.
Also included on the announcement:
Special Features (on Superman The Special Edition Disc): Commentary by Director Richard Donner and Creative Consultant Tom Mankiewicz; 3 Documentaries Taking Flight: The Development of Superman, Making Superman: Filming the Legend and The Magic Behind the Cape; Screen Tests; Restored Scenes; Additional Scenes; Additional Music Cues; Music-Only Track
No official release date is announced but hopefully in the next few months, making for an excellent Christmas present for Superman fans.