'Wonder Woman 1984' Could Be Delayed Once More
Much like Black Widow, No Time to Die, and other films that have fallen victim to having to face delays due to health precautions, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman sequel may be next in line to experience a bump back in a scheduled release.
No stranger from facing delays, Wonder Woman 1984 was supposed to bring back the titular superheroine to the big screen in July. Unfortunately, the June 2020 return turned into an October 2020 release, but that early autumn release may be delayed even more.
Deadline reported that from their 'exhibition sources' that "with New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco movie theaters still not open, our exhibition sources are hearing that Warner Bros. is apt to move Wonder Woman 1984 again, this time out of its current Oct. 2 date to either sometime in November or possibly to late December, thus bumping the studio’s Legendary feature Dune out of its Dec.18 weekend to sometime in 2021."
Warner Brothers Studios doesn't just note that Dune will take up the spot that Wonder Woman 1984 would occupy. They also look to Christopher Nolan's admittedly confusing Tenet as high competition against their latest chapter in the DC Extended Universe. "Tenet is another reason why Wonder Woman 1984 won’t be able to go during the first weekend of October. With sources currently estimating that New York and Los Angeles won’t open until early October/late September, the Christopher Nolan movie will still need to make a big splash in those markets or at least make its best effort. Having Wonder Woman 1984 in Tenet's way won’t help its hopeful domestic tail at the box office."
The almost-inevitable shift in release for Wonder Woman 1984 was subtly implied during DC FanDome when the new trailer for Wonder Woman was shown, but there was no premiere date tacked on to the footage. Warner Brothers executives had commented on the acknowledgment of the pandemic interfering with theatrical technicalities.
Warner Media Studios and Networks Group head Ann Sarnoff spoke upon the situation in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying that "we are still figuring out the strategy for all of our movies. We have quite a lot done. Obviously, Wonder Woman 1984 is up next. For now, it is where it is. Like I said earlier, certain movies deserve to be on the big screen. My belief is Wonder Woman is one of those."
If Wonder Woman 1984 is snatched from its October release and plunked into a possible December date, this will be the third time that the film will be repositioned for a theatrical premiere. There's always the opportunity for the studio to use the Disney method of releasing their highly-anticipated sequel directly onto HBO Max or other streaming services, but evident to Sarnoff's remarks, it sounds like they're not relinquishing their traditional movie theater debut just yet.