Update, Friday June 26: It looks like you’ll have to wait a few more weeks to see Christopher Nolan’s Tenet as the film’s release has been delayed for the second time from July 31 to August 12. “Warner Bros. is committed to bringing ‘Tenet’ to audiences in theaters, on the big screen, when exhibitors are ready and public health officials say it’s time,” said a Warner Bros. spokesperson in a statement. “In this moment what we need to be is flexible, and we are not treating this as a traditional movie release. We are choosing to open the movie mid-week to allow audiences to discover the film in their own time, and we plan to play longer, over an extended play period far beyond the norm, to develop a very different yet successful release strategy.” Honestly, it seems oddly fitting that the roll out for Christopher Nolan’s latest time-bending flick would also involve some release-date bending.
Christopher Nolan’s Tenet trailer maintains John David Washington’s protagonist cannot travel through time, but instead inverts it, so hypothetically, he already knew this summer’s Warner Bros. tentpoles would get pushed back because of the ongoing, forever ongoing, coronavirus pandemic. Per the studio, Tenet’s debut will shift from July 17 to July 31, while Wonder Woman 1984 will move from August 14 to October 2. This will be the second shuffle for Patty Jenkins’s superhero flick, which was initially set to premiere on June 5.
Meanwhile, Godzilla vs. Kong will no longer smash its way through your Thanksgiving table, but will instead premiere on May 21, 2021. Robert Zemeckis’s remake of The Witches, which was scheduled for October 9, has been moved to an as-yet-unspecified date, and the as-yet-untitled fourth Matrix movie will then move from May 21, 2021 to April 1, 2022. Of course, that’s depending on whether production can safely resume on the Matrix sequel under COVID-19 in a timely fashion, a question probably only John David Washington’s sci-fi time spy can answer with any certainty.