After the commercial and critical success of last year’s Wonder Woman, the upcoming sequel just might be the most bankable release that the DCEU has on its schedule. This makes it a curious, though some would argue well-judged move that Wonder Woman 1984 has been delayed a whole seven months, reportedly so that the feature can claim its place among the year’s summer blockbusters.
Warner’s President of Domestic Distribution Jeff Goldstein managed to put a positive spin on the development, saying that “This move lands the film exactly where it belongs,” before actress Gal Gadot took to Twitter with much the same sentiment. But as you’d imagine, plenty of fans aren’t too happy to hear the news, and weren’t shy about expressing their feelings, either.
So…. just heard that Wonder Woman 1984 just got delayed to 2020. pic.twitter.com/ntovFcqxXB
— Jack-o’-Lantern Benner ? (@JBsMovieReviews) October 22, 2018
I have to wait until June 5, 2020 to see Wonder Woman 1984 and I can’t believe I’m going to have to stay alive that long pic.twitter.com/o2TSLxnxuA
— rachel leishman (@RachelLeishman) October 22, 2018
Me opening Twitter to see that Wonder Woman 1984 had been push to June 2020… pic.twitter.com/0VnRizXS4W
— David B (@BBHomeless) October 22, 2018
i was so sad already that wonder woman 1984 only came out in 2019 but now even more wait but anyways 2020 WILL be the year of women https://t.co/a71jIerMNr
— nada (@capgotham) October 22, 2018
Warner Bros, why did you push back 'Wonder Woman 1984,' you know the only DC movie anyone was actually looking forward to?
— Ashley Carter (@AshleyLCarter1) October 22, 2018
Wonder Woman 1984 to come out in June 2020. WTF man, this is a year too late…!!!
— Ansar Mehmood (@ansar_sahi) October 22, 2018
wonder woman 1984 really coming out in 2020 ,, bitch
— B? (@gxyschilling) October 22, 2018
Other social media users, however, offered responses that ranged from happy that Patty Jenkins’ film has been moved to the summer, to intrigued by what this strategy could be saying about the other comic book movies that Warner Bros. has coming our way.
WONDER WOMAN 1984 moving to Summer 2020 is fine by me. It’ll be something to look forward to in the Summer versus something plopped in the midst of a busy awards season when most of us are swamped.
— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) October 22, 2018
I think moving Wonder Woman 1984 to June is a smart play. Wonder Woman released the first week of June and did pretty well all things considered
— spooky Zach ? (@ZachMacieI) October 22, 2018
Wonder Woman 1984 getting pushed back from November 2019 to June 2020 is interesting, and makes me think that Warner Bros has a lot of confidence in the Joaquin Phoenix Joker, which is scheduled for October 2019, and they want to give it more room to breathe.
— Cory Disbrow (@cmdisbrow) October 22, 2018
The Joaquin Phoenix Joker film is headed for an October 4th, 2019 release, and the standalone feature seems to mark a shift away from the Marvel-esque cinematic universe model that Warner have been trying in recent years.
The change in approach feels due, seeing how the first Wonder Woman is the only DCEU entry to date that’s been almost universally well-received. But while this interconnected comic book world currently seems to be crumbling around Wonder Woman 1984, anticipations remain high for the film, and are likely to stay that way until it finally hits theaters on June 5th, 2020. Before all that, however, fellow Justice League alumnus Arthur Curry will be seeing if he can repeat Diana’s solo success when Aquaman comes out this year on December 21st.