Wonder Woman 1984 Producer Claims He Always Wanted A 2020 Release Date

by Erik Amaya

 

At one time, Wonder Woman 1984 was scheduled to come out this November, joining Shazam! and Joker as part of a three DC film initiative for the year. But last October, its release shifted to June of 2020. The rescheduling suggested a move to scale back production to two DC-related projects a year — Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) being the other 2020 release — and for the producers of WW1984, the move was a welcome relief. As producer Charles Roven told Collider, they always wanted the summer 2020 slot anyway.

“The studio felt that until their slate for the year [2019] came together—and they had an amazing end of 2018—that they needed to have a big what I call aircraft carrier, a ‘tentpole,'” he explained. “We had a very rushed pre-production because [director Patty Jenkins] also did the TNT show and we had a very rushed post-production schedule in order to make the [2019] date.” When Warner Bros’s fortunes seemed more secure and Joker slid into a late 2019 release, the need for the Wonder Woman sequel became less pressing. According to Roven, the studio came to them and suggested taking the extra time to complete the film and move it to the summer release they wanted all along.

Considering the first film began to reverse the perception of Warner Bros’s mismanagement with the DC Comics characters, it only stands to they would want to treat Wonder Woman 1984 with a certain amount of care. In fact, the need to hit a release date led to many of the creative issues surrounding Justice League and its eventual lackluster critical response. Hopefully, the extra time will lead to a satisfying film.

Wonder Woman 1984 comes to theaters on June 5th, 2020.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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