The Batman, Sonic 2, and more major movies pulled from release in Russia
On Monday night, Disney, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Sony pulled their films from distribution in Russia, citing the country’s invasion of Ukraine as the reason for their decisions. Paramount Pictures followed suit early Tuesday morning. This includes some highly anticipated films coming out in the next few months, such as Pixar’s. Blushes, Batman, Morbiusas well as Sonic the Hedgehog 2. All studios issued statements regarding the situation.
“Given the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian crisis, we are suspending the release of theatrical films in Russia, including the upcoming blushes from Pixar,” a Disney spokesperson said in a statement.
“Given the ongoing hostilities in Ukraine and the resulting uncertainty and the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the region, we are suspending our scheduled theatrical releases in Russia, including the upcoming release Morbius,” a Sony spokesman said late on Monday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected, and we hope that this crisis will be resolved quickly.”
“In light of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, WarnerMedia is suspending the release of its feature film Batman in Russia,” a spokesman for Warner Bros. “We will continue to monitor the development of the situation. We look forward to a speedy and peaceful resolution of this tragedy.”
“As we are witnessing an ongoing tragedy in Ukraine, we have taken the decision to suspend the distribution of our upcoming films in Russia, including lost city as well as Sonic the Hedgehog 2. We support all those affected by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, in Russia, and in our international markets, and will continue to monitor the evolution of the situation,” the spokesman said in a statement.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine. This comes after a long history of tensions between countries. In response, the United States and other countries imposed sanctions against Russia. Disney, Warner, Sony, and Paramount were the first studios to withdraw their films from theaters, though the big entertainment industry took other actions, such as Netflix refusing to run a Russian propaganda channel. For more information on the evolution of the situation, see Vox.com taking a closer look at the invasion.