The next batch of summer movies have been hit by coronavirus delays this week as Warner Brothers have announced that they will be pushing Wonder Woman 1984 in addition to the CG animated film Scoob!, the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical adaptation In the Heights and James Wan’s upcoming horror movie Malignant. The good news is that Wonder Woman is still expected to hit theatres this summer; the movie is moving from June 5th to August 14th instead, taking the release slot originally held by Malignant. The other three movies have no new release date for the time being. Director Patty Jenkins tweeted out the following statement:
We made Wonder Woman 1984 for the big screen and I believe in the power of cinema. In these terrible times, when theater owners are struggling as so many are, we are excited to re-date our film to August 14th 2020 in a theater near you, and pray for better times for all by then pic.twitter.com/85ykQ8x6NE
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) March 24, 2020
At this point it is still unclear when theatres will re-open in the U.S. but August seems like a safe enough distance away. Now that May and June are starting to lose major releases, it is clear that Hollywood is anticipating that at least half of the summer movie season will be a write-off. That being said, studios are continuing to reiterate their commitment to the theatrical experience, which is obviously important considering the backlash Universal is seeing from theatre owners over the decision to release Trolls World Tour on VOD next month. Do you think we’ll still get to see Wonder Woman 1984 before the summer is over?