12 Sep Warner Bros. has delayed Wonder Woman 1984 once again
Warner Bros. has delayed Wonder Woman 1984 once again, moving Patty Jenkins’ sequel to December 25th, according to Variety. “Patty is an outstanding director and she has created an extremely exciting film with Wonder Woman in 1984 that would truly enjoy moviegoers of all ages around the world,” Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros, told Variety. “We are very proud of the film and look forward to taking it to the holiday audiences.”
It’s uncertain if the delay of Wonder Woman 1984 also affects the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune, directed by Denis Villeneuve, to the cinema. The film is still set for release in December, and Variety states that reaching the deadline is already on track at the moment. That said, no one is positive. Notably, the first Dune trailer premiered just a few days earlier. A date was not included in the trailer; instead, it simply said, “Coming to theaters.”
Wonder Woman 1984’s delay comes just a couple of weeks after Warner Bros. returned to theaters with Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. The film has grossed just over $152 million since it debuted two weeks ago internationally, hitting select theaters in the United States last week. Tenet landed in the United States over the Labor Day weekend, bringing in $20 million. Despite having its own major streaming platform in the form of HBO Max, Warner Bros. has committed to keeping its biggest films as theatrical releases. That’s why Tenet received a staggered release instead of being made available on digital retailers.
Following Tenet ‘s arrival in the US, the studio released a statement saying that it was “very happy with the initial performances,” but admitted that due to the existing constraints in theatres in the middle of the unfolding pandemic (not to mention the reluctance of people to be in movie theatres right now), it “still knew that this distribution schedule would be a marathon, not a sprint.” “We are in unimaginable territories so any similarities to the pre-COVID era will be unjust and irrational,” read the paragraph.
Tenet is being watched as one of the first major blockbusters to try to usher people back to theaters. Disney decided to forgo a theatrical release for its live-action adaptation of Mulan in countries where Disney Plus exists — most notably, the United States. The film was released in China today, where it was always expected to perform better, on September 11th. Paramount decided to release its SpongeBob SquarePants movie in Canada in August, but it moved the film to a digital exclusive in the United States where it will debut in 2021.
Studios have to try to find out what the best course of action is with their biggest movies. Marvel Studios and Disney will have to find out what they want to do with Black Widow, the next Marvel Cinematic Universe iteration that is crucial to kicking off Marvel’s fourth film process.It all depends on whether people can comfortably return to theatres and theatres open up throughout the world. Before then, the only three options Studio Heads have before them are agreeing to unleash a $200 million blockbuster without a return on investment pledge, transferring a film to a streaming exclusive or delaying a project and wishing for the best. – Adapted from The Verge