Warner Bros. Pictures has announced a major date change for the upcoming Patty Jenkins-directed “Wonder Woman” sequel – delaying the film seven months. Originally slated to open November 1st next year, the project is now slated to hit right in the middle of Summer – June 5th 2020. That puts it on the same post-Memorial Day weekend frame that the first film launched in last year.
The move also gets it out of the way of the Todd Phillips-directed “Joker” film opening October 4th 2019 and leaves both “Joker” and “Shazam” as the sole two DC Comics-inspired films opening in 2019 while 2020 will now have “Birds of Prey” and “Wonder Woman 1984”.
In a statement, domestic distribution boss Jeff Goldstein says: “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.”
In making the move, Warners has kicked the long in development Mark Wahlberg-led “Six Billion Dollar Man” off the schedule – it was previously dated for June 5th 2020. The first “Wonder Woman” was a rousing success, scoring some of the best reviews for a superhero film in years and pulling in $822 million worldwide including the best domestic box-office haul of the Summer with $412.5 million.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures