COVID-19 Has Forced Warner Bros. To Delay The Release Of A Bunch Of Movies, Including “Wonder Woman 1984”
If you were hoping to kick off your summer by watching Gal Gadot strut around in some pattern-clashing leftovers from the L.A. Law storage unit sale, I have bad news for you. Your post-quarantine freedom won’t involve running off to the local multiplex and buying a $15 ticket to Wonder Woman 1984. I mean, that’s assuming AMC doesn’t fold and all locations turn into socially-distanced Spirit Halloween outlets. No, it’s not going to happen, because Warner Bros. has pushed the release of several movies, including Wonder Woman 1984.
Originally, WW84 (which was first teased two summers ago) was supposed to open sometime this summer, after being moved from December 2019, then November 2019. WW84 is about Wonder Woman fighting ’80s style against a villain named Cheetah, but right now the biggest foe facing Wonder Woman is the diabolical Miss Rona. Warner Bros. was hoping to premiere WW84 on June 5, 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March and forced everything in Hollywood to shut down. About a week into the coronavirus shutdown, Gal Gadot tweeted that the sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman would happen in August.
In these dark and scary times, I am looking forward to a brighter future ahead. Where we can share the power of cinema together again. Excited to redate our WW84 film to August 14, 2020. I hope everyone is safe. Sending my love to you all. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/nzPUM7uQ1n
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) March 24, 2020
Entertainment Weekly is now reporting that the premiere date for WW84 will be October 2, 2020, and again, the move is due to COVID-19 fucking everything up. Gal Gadot let everyone know that she’s obviously very psyched for the movie to come out four months from now.
The new release date for WW84 is 10.2.20. Wow,it's finally happening, & I couldn’t be more excited!To all the fans that stuck w/ us through this time, thank u so much! We couldn't have done this w/o you.I'm so excited for you to get to see this #WW84, it will be worth the wait❤️ pic.twitter.com/GCU0tcpqHT
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) June 12, 2020
Director Patty Jenkins also confirmed the new date on Twitter, while acknowledging that she wishes it didn’t have to get pushed so far in advance.
Wish we were sharing our film yesterday but there are more important things going on in our world we'd rather you focus on for now. Thank you to our fans for being so great, by our sides. Can’t WAIT for you to see it! Sending love and healing to the world. See you October 2nd!! pic.twitter.com/BuOjMnlFsQ
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) June 12, 2020
Hollywood was officially given the go-ahead to get back to work last Friday, but things are still pretty slow-moving, due to social distancing, new health policies, and a total revamp of how things need to be done to keep everyone safe and coronavirus-free. So of course there is a chance WW84 might not end up happening in October, either.
Warner Bros. was most likely hoping to kick off their three-month theater release dry spell with Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which was supposed to come out in theaters on July 17th, and stars John David Washington and Robert Pattinson. But it’s kind of hard to get butts in seats when you can’t hold a premiere or push your movie on a press tour (or, you know – finding a theater that is willing to let human butts through the front doors). So Tenet has also been pushed to July 31st for now.
At least Warner Bros. seems hopeful for Tenet. EW reports on a few other films’ tentative release dates. Godzilla vs. Kong, starring Alexander Skarsgård and Millie Bobby Brown, was supposed to happen in May 2020, then November 2020, but has now been pushed to May 2021. The remake of The Witches starring Anne Hathaway has been bumped from October 2020 to sometime in 2021. And the live-action Tom and Jerry, which was supposed to premiere in December, has been moved to March 2021. At least they get releases in 2021. Warner Bros. had to take the plastic off a new 2022 calendar to pencil in the release of The Matrix 4 (it is now happening sometime in April 2022).
Vulture also has a long-ass list of all the movies that have been delayed.
It’s pretty obvious how the higher-ups at Warner Bros. have been spending their quarantine: flipping pages in their day planners and erasing movie premiere dates! This also proves without a doubt that Gal Gadot didn’t send the first draft of her star-filled cover of “Imagine” to anyone at Warner Bros. for production notes. Because if she had, they definitely would have received an email back that read, “Our only advice is that you postpone the release of this video. If you want a specific date, we might suggest: indefinitely.”