Producer Charles Roven candidly explains the reason behind the decision to push Wonder Woman 1984's release date to June 2020. Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, the sequel was initially tipped to roll out this November, but it was announced back in October that it will be moving to June 5, 2020 instead.
Set in the 1980s, Wonder Woman 1984 will find Diana at the height of the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union as she encounters a new threat in Kristen Wiig's Barbara Ann Minerva aka Cheetah. Pedro Pascal will play a secondary villain, but with his role still undisclosed at this point and it's uncertain how he'll factor in the Amazonian Goddess' upcoming adventure. Rumor has it, however, that he'll be playing Maxwell Lord - a powerful businessman in the comics. Another burning mystery in the sequel is the return of Chris Pine's Steve Trevor - Diana's love interest who died a noble death in the original Wonder Woman. Sadly, fans will have to wait a little while longer for answers with the film's theatrical release delay, but in turns out there's a justifiable reason behind the move.
Speaking with Collider for the debut of Netflix's Triple Frontier which he also produced, Roven explained why they opted to push Wonder Woman 1984's release back by seven months. According to him, it all boiled down to the studios wanting to get it out as soon as possible so both pre- and post-production were operating on double time to make the November date. Fortunately, Warner Bros. turned around and gave them extra time to polish the film.
“We always wanted the date that we are on right now. The studio felt that until their slate for the year before came together—and they had an amazing end of 2018—that they needed to have a big what I call aircraft carrier, a “tentpole”, in . We had a very rushed pre-production because Patty also did the TNT show and we had a very rushed post-production schedule in order to make the date that we were on, which was November 1, 2019. We were doing it because the studio said they really needed it, and then at a certain point they came to us and they said, ‘You know what, you guys are right. Let’s go back to the month that you guys released Wonder Woman 1 in, and take the extra time.’”
Wonder Woman 1984 began principal photography last summer and filming wrapped up just before Christmas. While it's around the same duration for Wonder Woman (except for additional shooting in November 2016), the significant discrepancy comes in for post-production. The original movie had more than a year to devote to finishing the movie, whereas its sequel would've only gotten 11 months. Since the upcoming standalone is a period piece, not to mention involving characters like Cheetah who physically transform, it's safe to say that it will involve heavy VFX work.
Considering how successful Wonder Woman was, it makes sense that Warner Bros. wanted to capitalize on its popularity and roll out Wonder Woman 1984 as soon as possible. But as fans have seen in Justice League and David Ayer's Suicide Squad, nothing good hardly ever comes from a rushed production and it's nice to know that the studio has learned its lesson regarding this. Additionally, botching the Gadot-starring sequel just because of another rushed release date will most probably cause a massive backlash. At this point, everyone would gladly wait another few months for the film to ensure its quality.
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