Disney‘s decision to stop showing its film production in Russia as long as the military attack on Ukraine continues has a second act, because hours after the decision of the Mickey Mouse company, now Warner Bros. has joined the cause and has announced that it will not include the country with the largest territorial extension in the world in the world premiere of the film The Batman, scheduled for March 3.
“In light of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, WarnerMedia is pausing the release of its feature film The Batman in Russia,” a 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.”
If the conflict is not resolved, this could be the first of several films that cannot be seen in Russia, as Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is scheduled for April 14 and DC League of Super-Pets for May 19.
Russia, a big market for Hollywood
It is worth noting that Russia is one of the top markets for Hollywood film productions, to put it in context there is Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home has grossed $44.5 million since it was released last December.
In the wake of Russia’s attack on Ukraine, a number of Hollywood films have had their theatrical releases in the country that straddles two continents, including Joe Wright’s Cyrano and Paramount’s The Godfather 50th Anniversary.
Disney’s initial decision
As we said at the beginning of this note, this decision comes after Disney released the following statement:
“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. 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.”