“The Batman” Russia release halted by Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. has announced that it has halted its plans to release “The Batman” in Russia, Variety reports.
The DC adaptation, it explains, was set to release in the country Friday.
“In light of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, WarnerMedia is pausing the release of its feature film ‘The 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 swift and peaceful resolution to this tragedy.”
Warner Bros.’ decision to halt the rollout of “The Batman” in the country comes only hours after Disney announced plans to pause its own theatrical releases in Russia, beginning with Pixar’s “Turning Red,” which was set to premiere on March 10 in the country.
“Given the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian crisis, we are pausing the release of theatrical films in Russia, including the upcoming ‘Turning Red’ from Pixar,” a Disney spokesperson said in a statement on Monday afternoon. “We will make future business 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 refugees.”