Warner Bros. has pulled The Batman from its Russian release calendar at the eleventh hour. The decision comes as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine and follows Disney’s move to pause its upcoming releases in the country.
Warner Bros. has halted the release of The Batman in Russia. The decision comes as Russia invades Ukraine to gain its so-called own territory. Disney has also paused all its releases for 2022 in Russia.
“In light of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, WarnerMedia is pausing the release of its feature film The Batman in Russia,” a WarnerMedia spokesperson 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.”
Russia is one of the biggest markets for Hollywood when it comes to revenue. Spider-Man: No Way Home earned more than $44 million to date since its release in Russia.
The decision to stop releasing movies in Russia came on Sunday, as the conversations on this matter took place behind closed doors.
On Monday afternoon, Disney was the first Hollywood studio to announce it was pausing all of its content for Russia. WarnerMedia’s quickly followed Disney and stopped The Batman release in Russia.
The Motion Picture, Netflix’s giant partner also joined the league with Disney and WarnerMedia and announced it stands with the international community.
Soon Sony followed and announced that it won’t release Morbius in Russia. Morbius was about to release on March 24th in Russia.
On Tuesday, most of the giant media houses stopped their content for Russia, including Disney, Sony, Paramount, and others.