Well if it feels like COVID-19 is starting to become relatively contained in some parts of the world, here’s a little reminder that this is not the case everywhere just yet. Warner Brothers has announced that they are delaying Wonder Woman 1984 yet again, this time opting to make it a Christmas Day release. The movie had been originally scheduled to hit theatres in June, but after COVID-19 hit the movie shifted to the end of August and then again to October. The big reason for the delay this time is the fact that New York and Los Angeles theatres are still closed and that an October release will overlap with a possible Tenet expansion, if theatres are able to reopen in those major markets by then. Director Patty Jenkins had this to say about the announcement:
“First and foremost let me say how much Gal and I love all our devoted Wonder Woman fans around the world, and your excitement for WW84 couldn’t make us happier or more eager for you to see the movie. Because I know how important it is to bring this movie to you on a big screen when all of us can share the experience together, I’m hopeful you won’t mind waiting just a little bit longer. With the new date on Christmas Day, we can’t wait to spend the holidays with you!”
There had been speculation for a while now that another delay would be likely to happen with some expecting Dune to get pushed to next year as a result. For the time being, they seem to be leaving Dune slated for Dec. 18th, assuming that there will be room for two major tentpoles around that time. Aquaman did very well for Warner Brothers during this time frame in 2018 so no doubt they are hoping Wonder Woman 1984 can perform just as well, if not better. The next major studio releases on the horizon at the moment are Candyman and Death on the Nile, both scheduled for mid to late October. Of course, there is still a lot of uncertainty and despite the relative success of Tenet, release dates are going to continue to be in flux for the foreseeable future.