The coronavirus outbreak is continuing to have an effect on Hollywood. One of the latest developments, as reported by NBC, is that Warner Bros. has decided to cancel the premiere for their new animated DC Comics adaptation, Superman: Red Son. The studio has this to say about it in a statement.
“As the impact and spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Warner Bros. is placing added emphasis on the health and welfare of its employees, talent and fans. To help minimize risk of exposure, Warner Bros. has opted to take preventative measures and cancel the New York premiere of ‘Superman: Red Son’ on March 16, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused, and we look forward to seeing you at future events.”
COVID-19 first emerged in China approximately two months ago and has since spread to more than 60 nations around the globe, with more than 90,000 reported cases. The box office has been hit hard, as China and other countries have had to take extreme measures to limit spreading the disease. The cancellation of this premiere could just be one of many ways Hollywood is affected as the outbreak continues to develop.
Jason Isaacs leads the cast as Superman. The cast also includes Diedrich Bader (American Housewife, Veep, The Drew Carey Show) as Lex Luthor, Amy Acker (Angel, Person of Interest, The Gifted) as Lois Lane, Vanessa Marshall (Young Justice, Star Wars Rebels) as Wonder Woman, Phil Morris (Seinfeld, Doom Patrol) as James Olsen, Academy Award winner Paul Williams (Goliath, Phantom of the Paradise) as Brainiac, Roger Craig Smith (Batman Ninja, Batman: Arkham Origins) as Batman, Sasha Roiz (Grimm) as Hal Jordan, Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Pulp Fiction, Justice League/Justice League Unlimited) as John Stewart, Jim Meskimen (Parks and Recreation, Impress Me) as John F. Kennedy, Travis Willingham (Critical Role, Batman: Bad Blood) as Superior Man, William Salyers (Regular Show, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders) as Joseph Stalin, and Winter Ave Zoli (Sons of Anarchy, Bosch) as Svetlana.
Here’s the official synopsis for Superman: Red Son.
“When Krypton’s last son crash-lands in Cold War-era Russia instead of rural Kansas, an alternate reality unfolds in this DC Elseworlds adventure. Here, we find Superman spearheading a Communist campaign to advance the ideologies of the Soviet state. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, brilliant American scientist Lex Luthor devises a plan to rein in, and ultimately destroy, the alien Soviet threat. What follows is a gripping game of cat and mouse that will leave all of humanity hanging in the balance.”
Superman: Red Son is available now via Digital HD and on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD March 17.