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Producer Explains Why Wonder Woman: 1984 Release Date Was Delayed

March 24, 2019 | Posted by Brian St. Denis
Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman: 1984 was originally set to be released in November 2019 before being bumped to June 5th, 2020. When the delay happened, star Gal Gadot said on Twitter that the film was ““back to its rightful home,” referring to the new June release date being the same as the June 2017 release date for the first Wonder Woman film. And now, in an interview with Collider, producer Charles Roven said that summer of 2020 is what they wanted all along.

“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 [2019]. We had a very rushed pre-production because Patty also did the TNT show (I Am The Night) 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.’”

Obviously Warner Bros. had a string of hits in 2018 with Crazy Rich Asians, A Star Is Born, and Aquaman, and already has the IT sequel, more Conjuring movies, Shazam! and Joker set for 2019, so it makes sense that they didn’t see a need to rush Wonder Woman: 1984 to a 2019 release and saved it for 2020.