Warner Bros. shifts Wonder Woman release date, adds two DC movies

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Apr 6, 2016, 5:39 PM EDT

The studio behind the DC Extended Universe is making a few moves in the wake of Batman v Superman's rollout.

The good news is that we'll get to see Wonder Woman a little earlier than we thought. According to Collider, the release of Diana Prince's first solo outing will now hit theaters on June 2, 2017, three weeks earlier than its original arrival date of June 23. That moves the film away from another summer behemoth on the same date, Transformers 5, that might have captured a lot of the same audience. The new date will find the Amazonian warrior going head to head with Bad Boys 3 and Captain Underpants, which might have less fan crossover as the former is an R-rated crime caper and the latter is a kids' picture.

Warner Bros. has also set release dates for two more DC movies, on Oct. 5, 2018, and Nov. 1, 2019 -- but the studio is not saying which films these are. Keep in mind that aside from Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman and the two-part Justice League (which starts shooting this Monday, if you can believe it), none of the other DC projects on the studio's slate -- including Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps -- have received confirmed release dates. Yes, The Flash was said to be coming out in March 2018 and Aquaman in July of that year, but those dates were not nailed down and could change.

So what could the two new mystery movies be? Well, Warner Bros. might decide to move either The Flash or Aquaman, or finally slot in Cyborg or the Green Lantern reboot. There's also the possibility that one of those could be Ben Affleck's solo Batman movie, which he has apparently written a script for and could direct.

I mentioned at the top that all this comes following the response to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. As that massive movie lumbers through its third week at the box office (following a historic second week plunge in ticket sales), The Hollywood Reporter has run a story suggesting that the clash between the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight might not make it to the vaunted $1 billion mark in global box office, which would be somewhat of a disappointment considering what was at stake. That could mean further changes for future DC superhero movies, so keep watching those release dates: the DC Extended Universe could be going through some cosmic upheavals in the months ahead.