Wonder Woman was WB and DC’s first critically successful film in their shared universe. It was also universally praised by audiences for a multitude of reasons and considered an important moment for females and representation in film. Making over $800 million worldwide, combined with the acclaim, meant a sequel was inevitable. Wonder Woman 1984 was announced, given a release date, filmed, and then had the release date pushed back seven months after originally being moved up one month. The film is set for June 20th, 2020.
This move led to a lot of conversations amongst fans and entertainment outlets about why it was happening. Many DC detractors immediately assumed WB was unhappy with the film and the move was to make room for extensive reshoots. Some people thought the move was to allow more time for post-production needs such as ADR and visual effects. Other people figured WB didn’t want to fight with Frozen 2 two weeks into release. The real answer was a combinition of wanting to have a summer blockbuster style release and give extra time for post-production activites. Speaking with Collider producer Charles Roven stated:
“We always wanted the date that we are on right now. The studio felt that until their slate for the year before came together—and they had an amazing end of 2018—that they needed to have a big what I call aircraft carrier, a “tentpole”, in . We had a very rushed pre-production because Patty also did the TNT show and we had a very rushed post-production schedule in order to make the date that we were on, which was November 1, 2019. We were doing it because the studio said they really needed it, and then at a certain point they came to us and they said, ‘You know what, you guys are right. Let’s go back to the month that you guys released Wonder Woman 1 in, and take the extra time.’”
All good right? It makes some sense and everyone is happy, except the fans who want to see the film ASAP, and there are no regrets, right? Wrong! There are apparently some regrets, or regerts if you haven’t had a Snickers. The director, Patty Jenkins, recently said that she had seen a cut of the film and now wants to move the date back to November:
Patty Jenkins on Wonder Woman 1984. (She’s already screened an early version of the movie!) (📸: vanzekin018) pic.twitter.com/KmlMoQHNNN
— Wonder Woman News (@WonderWoman84HQ) May 18, 2019
Of course she wants the movie out earlier. It’s done and there are 13 months left to wait. However, I don’t see WB wanting to change this date for the fourth time. The long wait time does mean there’s time to make adjustments and have additional shoots if needed.
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Source: Twitter, Collider