‘Wonder Woman 1984’ delayed again

Warner Bros. has postponed the release of “Wonder Woman 1984”, the latest development in Hollywood’s rocky plans to return to films.

The superhero sequel, starring Gal Gadot, which was scheduled to begin on October 2, will now be released in theaters on December 25, 2020.

“Patty is an exceptional filmmaker and with Wonder Woman 1984 she delivered an incredibly dynamic film that filmmakers of all ages around the world will absolutely love,” said Tommy Emerich, Warmer Motion Picture Group chairman. “We are very proud of the film and look forward to bringing it to audiences for the holidays.”

Director Patty Jenkins said, “First and foremost, how much I love all of my dedicated Wonder Woman fans around the world, and your enthusiasm for ‘WW84’ makes us happier or more eager to see the film Can’t make… because I know how important it is for you to bring this film to a big screen, when we can all share the experience together, I hope you don’t feel like waiting a little bit now. Christmas With a new date on the day, we can’t wait to spend the holidays with you! ”

Warner Bros. recently took the risk to release “Tenet” on the big screen, the first major blockbuster that first debuted in movie theaters after its March closing. Director Christopher Nolan’s $ 200 million budget film grossed $ 20 million on Labor Day Weekend in the US. Sources say the studio was waiting to assess ticket sales for “Theory” before deciding on “Wonder Woman”.

With the delay of “Wonder Woman 1984”, “Tenet” will not face much competition among ticket buyers and may see an increase in sales in the coming weeks. For now, Disney and Marvel’s comic book adventure “Black Widow” is the next major film on the calendar on 6 November. Meanwhile, short films such as Sony’s romantic comedy “The Broken Hearts Gallery” are still planning to open this weekend.

Dennis Villanuev’s sci-fi epic “Doon” from Warner Bros. is still set to open on December 18, a week before “Wonder Woman 1984”. But there is a good chance that the film – starring Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Issac and Zendaya – will be pushed in 2021 to divert attention from the audience.

About 70% of movie theaters have reopened in the US, but significant markets such as New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are closed. Analysts suggest that it is unwise to release big-budget films unless patrons can welcome them in those areas. The first “Wonder Woman” recovered more than $ 400 million from North American theaters in 2017 – and the sequel will also struggle to get closer to that figure, which is not in some of the nation’s biggest markets.

Warner Bros. has had huge success over the holidays with its DC properties. “Aquaman”, released in 2018, grossed over $ 1 billion after it hit theaters around Christmastime. There is hope that theaters in New York and Los Angeles can be opened by then, stopping the second wave of coronaviruses.

It is not entirely surprising that the sequel “Wonder Woman” was postponed again. Four weeks before the October release date, and the studio has hardly done any publicity. “Wonder Woman” is an extremely important franchise for Warner Bros., and the company cannot afford mediocre box office receipts.

“Wonder Woman 1984” has been delayed several times amid the epidemic. It was originally scheduled for June 5 and then June 5 before moving to October 2.

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