Warner Bros. has reaffirmed that Tenet is still set to release in theaters this summer, so long as theaters re-open for business.
Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnooff told The Hollywood Reporter about the studio's commitment to the cinematic experience, and she says that Tenet is a "tentpole title" that is meant for the big screen once it is safe for moviegoers to return to theaters.
"We are committed to — and are excited about — releasing Tenet in theaters this summer or whenever theaters reopen. We remain supportive of the theatrical experience and our exhibition partners, and are confident that our tentpole titles, including Tenet and Wonder Woman 1984, are exactly the type of films that will have people eager to return to theaters," she told THR.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cinema chains around the world were forced to close their theaters, so film studios had to postpone the relesase of their upcoming films or shift of these releases to VOD (video on demand). Warner Bros. has made some adjustments to its release schedule as a result of the global pandemic, but Christopher Nolan's action thriller has managed to keep its July 17 theatrical release date.
The studio recently pushed the theatrical release of the Heights to June 18, 2021, and The Batman has been delayed to October 1, 2021. Warner Bros. also indefinitely postponed the release of Malignant, which was originally scheduled for an August 14 release, but the slot is now for Wonder Woman 1984.
The theatrical releases for two DC titles were also pushed back: The Flash was postponed to June 3, 2022 while Shazam 2 has been pushed from April 1, 2022 to November 4, 2022