Having invaded Ukraine recently, it appears that the Russians have stirred up a few enemies. Among a list of bizarre boycotts including banning animals and chess players, it appears that Hollywood studios are pulling movies from the country.
Warner Brothers had been scheduled to release The Batman to theaters in Russia on Friday. But days ago, WarnerMedia announced that in light of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, it’s pausing the release of its new superhero movie starring Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight who faces down Gotham City’s villains.
In Russia, Sony Pictures Entertainment will delay the film Morbius, starring Jared Leto as a doctor who becomes a vampire. Similarly, Paramount Pictures will not release the animated sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and The Lost City, starring Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Brad Pitt.
A few interesting things about this. First, the organisation that is virtue signalling at the wailing wall, NATO, has attacked more than 25 countries this century so far. We eagerly await the sanctions due there, but not with breath held. Second, I’m not sure what anyone thought was going to happen when you blast Ivan’s boys in Eastern Ukraine for eight years, filling up mass graves with youngster etc. It’s quite possibly the dumbest endeavor in the the last 100 years.
But third… why is The Batman’s release going ahead in Saudi Arabia? Wow, look at that hypocrisy! These fuckers induced a famine, among other horrors, in Yemen.