Christopher Nolan had the guts to stick to it, and TENET opened in theaters, just as he’d promised it would. And it did okay—relatively. It did about as well as it was expected to do, with circumstances being what they are. But it sure didn’t rake in the quadzillions of smackers that greedy movie studios expect these days. (It wasn’t expected to, nor would it have been morally responsible for theaters to have tried to get it to that point.) As a result, Universal went ahead and yanked CANDYMAN from release this year. And Disney has now yanked BLACK WIDOW. Will the new WONDER WOMAN still open on Christmas? That’s far from a guarantee, without someone like Christopher Nolan fighting for the theaters. Is that it, then? Are movies finished for the remainder of the year, or however hell long it takes to get the ‘Rona under control? Not at all.
On the day I read about Disney yanking BLACK WIDOW, I purchased tickets via Fandango to see SHORTCUT this coming weekend. I am, frankly, just as excited to see the latter as I would be the former. As long as quality independent movies are released, and they will be, what’s to keep *those* movies from going to theaters? And with quality new movies to see, it doesn’t matter so much that all the big studio offerings are being delayed. I’m more pissed about not getting to see CANDYMAN this year than I am about BLACK WIDOW, and I’m more pissed about HALLOWEEN KILLS than I am about both of the former films. But I’ve seen some really good independent movies this year in place of the standard summer movie season. Sure, I long for things to get back to normal. But having a tasty snack to hold me over until dinner? That isn’t a bad thing, at all.