Despite the wave of backlash against Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, there were elements to Zack Snyder’s movie that stood out. Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight triumphed, certainly, but it was Gal Gadot’s Amazonian warrior who knocked everyone’s socks off.
In many people’s opinion, Wonder Woman completely stole the show from the two titular heroes, generating further excitement for her own solo film. And, now Warner Bros. is deciding to act on that by pushing the film’s release date up three weeks.
Instead of opening on June 23, 2017, the Patty Jenkins-directed movie is now scheduled to open on June 2, 2017. Diana Prince’s first standalone outing originally had her pitted against Transformers 5, but now she’ll fight with Bad Boys 3 for the top box office spot.
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Wonder Woman isn’t the only movie on Warner’s docket that’s getting relocated. The studio has also announced dates for two of its other DC Extended Universe films for October 5, 2018 and November 1, 2019. As the studio is keeping specifics under wraps for now, we don’t know with 100% certainty which movies they might be.
Aside from Wonder Woman, there’s only Justice League that’s been granted an official release date, meaning that either of those two spots could be for the next superhero flicks out of the gate – The Flash and Aquaman. This would definitely push things back, but as reported earlier today, it looks as if Warner is planning to dedicate more time and energy to nailing its live-action DC movies to avoid another Batman V Superman incident.
Those dates could also be placeholders for Ben Affleck’s solo Batman outing that he’s reportedly being eyed to direct, or that proposed Man of Steel 2 which is apparently not as dead-in-the-water as we thought. For DC fans, this news is pretty exciting stuff to chew over.
Moving away from the comic book-centric side of Warner Bros. for a moment, and another major blockbuster is also being moved from its current spot on the calendar. Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book: Origins has been pushed back an entire year from October 2017 to October 2018. It’s understandable why this is the case as Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book opens next weekend, so granting Serkis’ take a wide berth makes it less confusing for audiences.
Tell us, what are your thoughts on Warner’s calendar shake-up? Are you happy about Wonder Woman opening three weeks earlier, or is it the thought of those two new DC spots that’s got you excited? Let us know in the comments below!