Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins reacts to the film's recently-announced release date change. Last year's Wonder Woman (also directed by Jenkins) remains the lone bright spot of the unofficially titled DC Extended Universe, receiving widespread critical praise and $821.8 million at the worldwide box office. Becoming a pop culture phenomenon, it was clear Warner Bros./DC had a massive hit on their hands, making a followup a foregone conclusion well before it was officially announced.
Though 1984 is currently in production, fans are going to have to wait quite a while to see Diana Prince return to the big screen. Initially, the sequel was set for a 2019 premiere, but was pushed back just yesterday to June 2020. Despite the delay, people remain excited about the change, and that includes Jenkins.
The director took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the news, which she seemed quite pleased by. Check out her post in the space below:
The first Wonder Woman, of course, completely dominated summer 2017, setting numerous box office records en route to a $412.5 million domestic haul. It's the most successful DC Comics adaptation (critically and commercially speaking) since 2012's The Dark Knight Rises, so obviously WB is very interested in doing everything they can to replicate the circumstances. It's a move similar to Lucasfilm shifting Star Wars: Episode IX to December after The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and The Last Jedi all performed very well in the holiday window. Wonder Woman 1984's release change is primarily a business-orientated decision, placing the film in the best position where it can thrive. Now, it won't be competing in a stacked November with Terminator 6, Frozen 2, and other high-profile offerings. The new June date gives Wonder Woman 2 some breathing room from an untitled Pixar film.
Since Justice League underwhelmed, the future of DC films has been in a state of flux. Sadly for fans, it seems as if Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill are both out, meaning Gal Gadot's Diana is now firmly entrenched as the face of the franchise and is unquestioningly the most bankable lead the studio has. Wonder Woman 1984 was going to make a lot of money no matter when it released, but debuting in the summer (typically the most lucrative time of year for moviegoing) should maximize those profits and give DC another major success. It's undeniably frustrating for viewers that they have to wait over a year and a half for the film, but they can take solace in the fact Diana's going back home and should reign supreme for another summer.
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- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020