Warner Bros. Pictures today has announced The Flash and The Matrix 4 release dates, while also taking Akira off of its release schedule. It was previously dated for May 21, 2021. The new Mortal Kombat movie, meanwhile, has been moved up two months.
The fourth Matrix installment is coming on May 21, 2021. That is actually the same date that Lionsgate had scheduled for John Wick: Chapter 4, which also stars Keanu Reeves, so we’ll have to wait and see how that works out. The big-screen Flash movie will then open in theaters on July 1, 2022.
Andy Muschietti (It Chapter Two, It, Mama) will direct The Flash movie at DC and Warner Bros. Pictures. Barbara Muschietti and Michael Disco will produce. Bumblebee and Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson was reportedly writing the script. Ezra Miller, who played The Flash in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, remains attached to lead the cast.
The untitled Matrix movie will feature Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett Smith returning to reprise their original roles. Also joining the cast are Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff and Neil Patrick Harris.
Lana Wachowski — the co-creator of the record-breaking and genre-defining world of The Matrix — is set to write, direct and produce the all-new film, returning audiences to the reality-bending universe. Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute the film. Wachowski is producing the film together with Grant Hill. The Matrix 4 screenplay is by Wachowski, Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell.
New Line Cinema’s Mortal Kombat will now open on January 15, 2021, moving up from its previous date of March 5, 2021. Simon McQuoid is directing the explosive action adventure based on the blockbuster video game franchise. The ensemble cast includes Joe Taslim as Sub Zero; Ludi Lin as Liu Kang; Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade; Josh Lawson as Kano; Tadanobu Asano as Raiden; Mehcad Brooks as Jackson “Jax” Bridges; Chin Han as Shang Tsung; Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion; Max Huang as Kung Lao; Sisi Stringer as Mileena; and Lewis Tan.
James Wan (The Conjuring universe films, Aquaman) and Todd Garner (Into the Storm, Tag) are producing. The screenplay is by Greg Russo. Larry Kasanoff, E. Bennett Walsh, Michael Clear and Jeremy Stein are serving as executive producers.
As far as Akira, that film has been put on hold until Taika Waititi can finish Thor: Love and Thunder for Marvel Studios. Akira, which Waititi will direct and write, is based on the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otomo.