She’s DC’s greatest superhero – don’t @ us, Batman – but it seems that even Wonder Woman is powerless in the face of a pandemic. ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is officially now a Christmas movie, with studio Warner Bros. deciding to vacant the movie’s planned October release slot in favour of a December 25 release.
‘First and foremost let me say how much Gal and I love all our devoted Wonder Woman fans around the world,’ said director Patty Jenkins in a statement, ‘and your excitement for WW84 couldn’t make us happier or more eager for you to see the movie. Because I know how important it is to bring this movie to you on a big screen when all of us can share the experience together, I’m hopeful you won’t mind waiting just a little bit longer.’
The decision has been rumoured for a few days and won’t come as a major surprise, with Tenet – another Warner Bros. film – opening in the US to underwhelming box office, LA, San Francisco and New York cinemas still closed, and heath worries still top of mind in America. As Variety notes, the film would have no chance of matching Wonder Woman’s $400 million US box office in the current circumstances.
Gal Gadot’s second solo outing as Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, was due to land on October 2. It remains to be seen if Wonder Woman 1984’s new release date will have a knock-on effect on Warner Bros.’s sci-fi epic, Dune. That one is currently scheduled for December 18, so a move seems likely.
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