‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Delayed As Outbreak Continues

by Erik Amaya

Wonder Woman 1984 is getting another date on the film release calendar.

Variety reports the upcoming film, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, has been delayed to August 14th in the hopes the COVID-19 outbreak will be contained by late summer. Previously, the film was scheduled for release on June 6th, which was itself a rescheduled date as Wonder Woman 1984 was originally planned for a November 2019 release.

Additionally, Warner Bros. Pictures has pulled In The Heights, Scoob, and Malignant from its schedule as the studios prepares for a long summer without any product.

Though some films may go with a direct-to-video release, studio chief Toby Emmerich said, “When we greenlit Wonder Woman 1984, it was with every intention to be viewed on the big screen.” With that in mind, he expressed a hope that “the world will be in a safer and healthier place” by August 14th. We, of course, remain skeptical that will be the case, but a little hope is a nice thing to offer.

Wonder Woman 1984 is only the latest tentpole release to be held back as movie theaters close during the pandemic. Films like No Time To Die, Black Widow, and Fast 9 have also either moved their release date or postponed their release entirely to see how long the pandemic and shelter-in-place orders will impact the box office and/or public safety. As Variety itself points out, the box office has had a slow start in China, where theaters are starting to reopen after a nation-wide lockdown earlier this year to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

As Wonder Woman 1984 was the only other DC Entertainment feature film for the year, it is doubtful its delay will impact the release of the films planned for next year. Although, production on Black Adam, scheduled to begin this summer, may be delayed.

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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