On Friday, March 18, 2022, “The Batman” will be released in both conventional and Imax theaters in China. Four-day earlier release date of Monday, March 14 will be set for “Uncharted.”
It appears that the flow of Hollywood films into China will resume in 2021, following a period of stagnation during which revenue-sharing import numbers fell short of the mutually agreed-upon limit of 34 films per year in the country.
Additionally, there has been a complete lack of Marvel films (from both the Disney and Sony stables).
“Encanto,” “The Matrix: Resurrections,” and “Paw Patrol” are among the Hollywood films set to be released in China in 2022. None have had a big impact on the year-to-date list, which has been dominated by Chinese New Year titles produced in the country.
“The Batman” actors Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz shared “wonderful news […] our new movie, The Batman, will be released in China” in a video broadcast to Warner Bros.’ social media channels in China earlier this week. They did not, however, provide a specific release date for China. It has now been confirmed that the film will be released on March 18, according to sources close to the studio, and localized promotional pictures have begun to circulate in China.
The studio is sure to be pleased with the assurance of a release date four weeks before the film’s theatrical launch. The amount of time that studios have been given in advance by the Chinese government has usually been significantly less, causing them challenges in supporting their titles
“The Batman” launches first in South Korea on March 1 and Taiwan, its first Chinese-speaking market on March 2. The United Kingdom and the United States will receive a gradual worldwide release on March 4.
Previous Batman films have scored pretty successfully in China: “The Dark Knight Rises” made $53 million in 2012; “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” scored $97 million in 2016; and “Justice League,” when China was the first market to screen the movie, grossed $106 million in 2017.
Adapted from the PlayStation video game of the same name by Naughty Dog, “Uncharted” is a treasure-hunting journey. Rafe Lee Judkins, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway collaborated on the screenplay, which was directed by Ruben Fleischer and stars Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, and Antonio Banderas, among others. The film started off its international tour this past weekend, earning $22 million from its first 15 markets, ahead of the film’s larger worldwide release this week, which will be led by the United States.