There’s one big reason why that new date makes absolutely no sense: The Batman, also distributed by Warner Bros., is currently slated to open on October 1, 2021. There is absolutely no way that the same studio would release two huge franchise tentpoles on the same exact day.
Most studios wouldn’t dare go directly head-to-head with another studio on the same day when their films are that big. Given that, it’s even harder to imagine that a studio would compete against itself with films of that scale.
Still, the published report from Collider coupled with a rumor-tweet from a New York Times reporter doesn’t just drop out of nowhere without some level of credibility.
Why would it?
The answer may already be apparent: the film had to halt production recently when star Robert Pattinson was diagnosed with COVID-19. Although reports seemed to suggest that the delay wouldn’t affect the planned release schedule, the production fallout since then may have begun to necessitate otherwise.
For now, the news is that Dune is moving and no update has been given about The Batman. Still, if the Dune delay bears out to be true (the studio has yet to publicly confirm, despite multiple media requests), expect a new date for The Batman to soon follow — likely for Summer 2022.