Like the fictional multiverse from which it derives its superhero characters, Warner Bros. Pictures’ release schedule is an ever-shifting and fluid thing. Where The Flash was once set for release this year, it will not debut until 2021 at the earliest. And now Wonder Woman 1984 is moving out of its November 2019 release date to June 5, 2020, per star Gal Gadot’s recent Twitter post.
Super excited to announce that, thanks to the changing landscape, we are able to put Wonder Woman back to its rightful home. June 5, 2020. Be there or be square!!!
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) October 22, 2018
While we’ve grown accustomed to viewing any change to Warner’s plan for the DC characters with a certain cynicism, this may actually be a positive thing. In a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Warner president of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein said, “We had tremendous success releasing the first Wonder Woman film during the summer so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did … This move lands the film exactly where it belongs.” And, honestly, anything and everything the studio can do to ensure Wonder Woman‘s success is good in the long run. It also suggests the studio is confident that the sequel will be a strong contender in the summer months, where the original film defied expectations.
Of course, delays and reshoots are a common element of the studio’s attempt to create a DC cinematic universe and trepidation is entirely understandable. But is possible the move may have more to do with the apparent collapse of Warner’s adaptation of The Six Million Dollar Man than any issue with Wonder Woman 1984. That film was set for release on the June 5th date now occupied by Wonder Woman, but it is now off Warner’s schedule entirely.
Meanwhile, the DC film slate includes December’s Aquaman, 2019’s Shazam! and Joker and 2020’s Birds of Prey, which is currently set for a February 7th release that year.