Movie release dates can be fickle, shifting around as studios find the perfect release date to either crush, or sometimes avoid, the competition. This week Warner Bros. Pictures moved “Wonder Woman 1984” from the cold date of November 1, 2019, to the much warmer date of June 5, 2020. This does mean that fans will have to wait a little bit longer to see the highly-anticipated sequel, but the weather will be nicer as they wait outside with their tickets.
The special date was made available when Mark Wahlberg’s “Six Billion Dollar Man” was taken off the release schedule and Wonder Woman pounced onto the scene. “The Six Billion Dollar Man” was a Weinstein project, but Warner Bros. Pictures picked up the rights when the studio went bust. Warner Bros. Pictures was originally going to release “The Six Billion Dollar Man” on May 31, 2019, then the film moved to June 5, 2020, and now it’s limbo.
This isn’t the first time that “Wonder Woman 1984” has been moved around either, the film was originally set to debut on December 13, 2019 but Warner Bros. Pictures didn’t like that Wonder Woman’s follow-up week would go against “Star Wars: Episode IX” on December 20th. To fix that problem Warner Bros. Pictures decided to give Star Wars a wide berth and jumped ahead to November 1st. The first “Wonder Woman” grossed over $821M worldwide, with $412M of that total coming from North America. The original “Wonder Woman” still holds the record as the highest-grossing film from a female director.
Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution, 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.”
“Wonder Woman 1984” will once again feature fan favorites Gal Gladot and Chris Pine, with Kristen Wiig playing the antagonist named Cheetah.