Fans are going to have to wait longer for their next dose of Wonder. Warner Brothers has pushed the release of sequel ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ to June 5, 2020. It was originally due to release on Nov. 1, 2019. The first date was a little odd, as the typical domain of superhero movies is spring-summer.
That appears to have been the motivation for the postponement, according to the statement released by WB:
“We had tremendous success releasing the first Wonder Woman film during the summer so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did. This move lands the film exactly where it belongs.”
Star Gal Gadot echoed the sentiment, stating:
“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!!!”
WB had previously slotted ‘The Six Billion Dollar Man’ starring Mark Wahlberg for June 5 but is now seeking a new date. This new release date puts ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ in close competition with a sequel to a film that came out around that titular year (1986), ‘Top Gun’. ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ opens on April 26, 2020.
Warner Brothers has been in damage control mode since the failure of ‘Justice League’ last year. One of the standouts from that picture, Jason Momoa is getting his solo shot in the spotlight this December in ‘Aquaman’, but that film is opening against the stiffest competition of the year– Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ and ‘Transformers’ spin-off ‘Bumblebee’, as well as the Will Ferrell comedy ‘Holmes & Watson’ and Steve Carrell’s awards hopeful ‘Welcome to Marwen’.
It may be that Warner Brothers is vacating the heavy holiday season for the more tried and true summer period with ‘Wonder Woman 1984’. We have no idea how well ‘Aquaman’ will perform, but with so much competition, it’s not going to do as well as it might have in a less populated spot on the calendar.
Are you upset that ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ has been delayed? Or would you rather enjoy this superhero exploit during the summer?
Source: Entertainment Weekly