Despite movie theaters opening again in the United States, Wonder Woman 1984 will miss another release date.
But according to Fandango managing editor Erik Davis, the film will now be a Christmas Day treat.
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) September 11, 2020
In a statement, director Patty Jenkins said, “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.”
Earlier Friday morning, The Wall Street Journal reported Warner Bros. Pictures had decided to hold the film until “later this year.” The film was planned for an October 2nd release, but that was always perceived as tentative amid COVID-19’s economic fallout. Indeed, it is tough to predict if theaters will be open at that time or if productions will resume; insuring a seamless release calendar on the far end of the pandemic. As it happens, it’s better to have a gap in releases now than in late 2021.
The Wonder Woman sequel has had some bad luck with release dates. Original scheduled to debut on December 13th, 2019 — but later moved earlier to November 1st, 2019 — the studio shifted it to June 5th 2020 as part of plan to release two or more DC-related movies a year (the other being Birds of Prey). Then the pandemic hit and Wonder Woman 1984‘s release disintegrated as other high profile films like No Time to Die and Mulan postponed to summer and Fall dates.
Now, we’ll be surprised if Wonder Woman 1984 gets a 2020 release at all.
Without a viable vaccine or treatment, it is still foolhardy to open indoor movie theaters. And as box office result indicate, limited capacity theaters will not generate the receipts movie studios need for these sorts of films. So expect big tentpole films to continue to slide down the calendar and into next year. It’s just an unavoidable part of our reality.
Wonder Woman 1984 will (hopefully) debut in theaters on December 25th.