The Need to Slow Down: More Movie Releases Being Pushed Back

“Top Gun: Maverick” joins an ever-growing list of movies pushed back towards the end of the year and beyond

Monica Barbaro and Tom Cruise on the set of “Top Gun: Maverick”

Up until late afternoon (Jakarta time) on Thursday, April 2, we were still quite confident in the knowledge that we were going to see “Top Gun: Maverick” hit cinemas worldwide in June. There’s a lot we were looking forward to from the sequel of 1986’s “Top Gun”—from thrilling jet fighter action (something that’s been sorely missing from cinema these days) to the return of some of the original cast.

On that note, we at DA MAN are particularly interested in seeing the appearance of Miles Teller who appeared in our April/May 2011 “Fabulous 4th” anniversary issue. And, he’s playing the role of Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, son of Nick “Goose” Bradshaw who was the RIO (Radar Intercept Officer—basically the guy who sits in the back of jet fighters like the venerable F-14 Tomcat that “Top Gun” made famous) of Tom Cruise’s character.

Miles Teller as Lieutenant Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw in “Top Gun: Maverick”

Just before midnight (again, GMT +7) news about the movie’s launch date being pushed back started popping up. Originally, the theatrical release of “Top Gun: Maverick” was set for June 24. Now, Maverick and co. won’t take to the skies until December 23. In a mid-March interview with Empire, Tom Cruise mentioned: “There’s never been an aerial sequence shot this way. I don’t know if there ever will be again, to be honest.” Guess, we’re going to have to do some extra waiting to see that.

We’re also going to have to wait extra for quite a few other big releases, too, as studios are adjusting to a world of closed cinemas and house-bound cinema goers. And with the coronavirus pandemic showing no signs of abating anytime soon, many have chosen to err on the side of caution and chosen release dates well into the future. Besides “Top Gun: Maverick,” here are several other high-profile movie titles with new release dates.

Emily Blunt in “The Quiet Place Part II”

“A Quiet Place Part II” which is written, directed and produced by John Krasinski—who will also reprise his role from the first movie in flashback scenes—had its world premiere on March 8 with a world-wide release planned for late March. Paramount Pictures has now changed that to September 4.

Paul Rudd in “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” starring Paul Rudd along with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts from the original films has been pushed back from July this year to March 2021.

Jared Leto in “Morbius”

Meanwhile, “Morbius,” which many speculated would pave the way to crossover between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Sony’s Marvel Universe has similarly been postponed to March next year.

All of these, of course, might just be the tip of the iceberg as many titles currently set in production are also experiencing delays, from “The Batman” and “Black Adam” from the DC Expanded Universe to “The Matrix 4” and “Uncharted” featuring Tom Holland.

Thankfully, there are plenty of other ways to stay entertained during these tough times. So, stay tuned for our round-ups and reviews of movies, TV shows and much, much more right here on