A premiere for a new animated film has been canceled in an effort to minimize potential risk of exposure to coronavirus.
“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,” a spokesperson for Warner Bros. said in a statement to CNN on Monday.
More context: “Superman: Red Son” is adapted from a 2003 graphic novel in which Superman comes to Earth and lives in the former Soviet Union instead of the US. The film is a direct-to-DVD release and is not set for distribution in movie theaters. Some Hollywood studios have previously canceled planned film premieres in other regions impacted by coronavirus, but this appears to be the first cancelation of a movie premiere in the US. (Like CNN, Warner Bros. and DC are units of WarnerMedia.)
There is one confirmed case of coronavirus in New York as of Monday, a 39-year-old health care worker who had recently returned from Iran. She is currently in home isolation.