Fans will have to wait a little longer for Diana of Themyscira's next big-screen adventure.
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that Wonder Woman 1984, the sequel to last year's monster standalone debut for the Amazonian warrior, will now open on Jun. 5, 2020, instead of its previously set arrival date of Nov. 1, 2019.
Star Gal Gadot was the first to tweet the news, according to the The Hollywood Reporter, but her post was quickly followed by an official statement from the studio's head of domestic distribution, Jeff Goldstein: "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.”
The move does indeed seem more indicative of Warner Bros.' confidence in the Wonder Woman franchise as a summer tentpole than any trouble with the production itself, which is once again in the hands of director Patty Jenkins.
The first Wonder Woman earned $412 million domestically ($821 million worldwide) when it came out last June, making it one of the few bright spots in the turbulent and ever-changing DC film universe, which has seen diminishing box office returns from one-time sure bets like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.
With upcoming DC releases like Shazam! and Aquaman generating positive buzz but still relatively high-risk financial gambles, and the futures of Batman, Superman and the Flash currently in flux at the studio, Wonder Woman seems like the one solid superhero on the studio's roster at the moment (films based around Supergirl and Batgirl are still in the early stages of development).
While Wonder Woman 1984 did have the Nov. 1 release date to itself, it would have arrived less than a month after another DC movie, Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix. That project's Oct. 4 debut may have been too close for comfort to the Wonder Woman sequel, which will probably work better as a summer release than the theoretically darker Joker.
Right now, June 2020 is a very tentative landscape, giving Wonder Woman 1984 an opening that could scare away potential competitors. Untitled Pixar and Fox/Marvel movies, along with Tom Cruise's Top Gun sequel, have all been penciled in for that month, but that could easily change.
Wonder Woman 1984 did, however, bump another Warner Bros. offering from the Jun. 5 date -- The Six Billion Dollar Man, which has now been removed from the schedule completely.
The long-developing adaptation of the late 1970s TV show, featuring Mark Wahlberg as bionically rebuilt astronaut Steve Austin, was already pushed once before from May 2019 after director Damian Szifron left the project. It was supposed to start shooting this summer although it's unclear if another director had even been found yet for the movie.