Wonder Woman 1984 is the latest among a string of movies to be delayed amid the coronavirus pandemic that has put entire countries into lockdown.
Wonder Woman 1984 was supposed to come to theatres on June 5th. However, with the recent global situation and theatres being shut in most countries, the movie will now release on August 14th. Apart from this, Warner Bros. has also indefinitely delayed the release of In the Heights, Scoob, an animated film based on Scooby-Doo characters, which was set for May 15th and Malignant, which was scheduled for an August 14th release. However, Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated film, Tenet, is on schedule for a July 17 release. Apart from these, Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru has also been indefinitely postponed.
Warner Bros. is now looking for new times to release these three movies.
The announcement came from Warner Bros. Pictures chairman Toby Emmerich who informed about the delay in release.
The delay comes at a time when a huge number of movies have been delayed along with many TV shows. Studios have chosen to delay the movies, instead of opting for a digital-first release. The delay follows movies like Disney’s Mulan, Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, and Universal’s F9. However, DreamWorks’ Trolls World Tour will skip a theatrical release altogether and will receive a digital release through Amazon and iTunes.
Studios are looking at digital-first or early digital releases at a time when theatres remain closed and are unsure of when they will be able to open their doors again. Even at that, footfalls may dwindle at the beginning, as seen in China, where people are trying to come back to normalcy.
Notably, Wonder Woman was one of the highest-grossing films of 2017. It was also DC’s first standalone film with a female superhero. With that in mind, some had estimated that the sequel could hit the $1 billion mark at the box office, if not more. Warner Bros., moreover, has a good relationship with theatres. Joker earned $1 billion worldwide whereas many of its DC movies gross over $600 million at the box office.
With the delay in place, Warner Bros. has also not delved into a bulk of its promotional efforts yet. One of the best marketing promotions, playing trailers before other releases, is also not an option since theatres themselves are closed.
Wonder Woman 1984, directed by Patty Jenkins, follows the Amazonian warrior in the Reagan era. There, she battles Maxwell Lord and Cheetah while reuniting with Steve Trevor, her past love.