Gal Gadot announces Wonder Woman 1984 is being moved back a year to a 2020 release. Warner Bros. and DC Films struck gold with the release of Wonder Woman in 2017. Gadot broke out as the new star of the DC Extended Universe and director Patty Jenkins secured her status as one of the biggest names in Hollywood. The studios moved quickly to get a sequel in motion with both women back in their respective roles.
Production on the Wonder Woman sequel is currently underway as the film was heading toward a previously announced 2019 release date. WB and DC found a strong slot, but one surrounded by tons of competition. It was an odd choice after Wonder Woman had incredible legs through the summer, and now they've decided to move the sequel back to that season.
Wonder Woman star Gadot announced the move for Wonder Woman 1984 today. Instead of hitting theaters on November 1, 2019 as originally dated, the sequel is now set to hit theaters the following year. Warner Bros. has given the movie a prime June 5, 2020 release date that it will now work towards hitting.
Super excited to announce that, thanks to the changing landscape, we are able to put Wonder Woman back to its rightful home. June 5, 2020. Be there or be square!!!— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) October 22, 2018
Although fans will undoubtedly be a bit frustrated that they'll have to wait seven more months to see Wonder Woman 1984, it's a move that makes sense for Warner Bros and the franchise. Even though Wonder Woman went on to make over $820 million at the box office, it opened to just north of $100M. The miraculous nature of its run was the quality of the film and its cultural impact that allowed it to keep making a ton of money throughout the summer. This still could've been possible in the November 2019 slot, but would also put the sequel's legs up against Sonic, Terminator 6, Frozen 2, and more. There's still plenty of competition in the summer of 2020, but after the success the first film had in the same window, WB saw an opportunity to move Wonder Woman 1984 back to this time frame after removing Six Billion Dollar Man from their slate.
With production still happening, this delay will ensure Jenkins and her crew have plenty of time to finish filming at a regular pace and can then have more time in post-production and do additional photography. It does limit DC's output to just two movies again in 2019 with Shazam! and Joker, while also giving 2020 a pair of female-led films. Margot Robbie's Birds of Prey is set to hit theaters in February of 2020, so it will only be a few months later when Wonder Woman 1984 gets to follow it up. All in all, the wait for Gadot's return as Wonder Woman may be a bit longer now, but Wonder Woman 1984 will likely not let us down.
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