Another big name blockbuster faces its third delay amid pandemic concerns and box office performance apprehensions.
Wonder Woman 1984 will be shifting its release date once again from Oct. 2 to Dec. 25, pushing back the theatrical premiere by over two months, dangling the oh-so-close Wonder Woman sequel just out of eager fans' reach yet again. This change of release date won't interfere with Legendary's Dune, which falls under a subset of Warner Brothers' distribution.
The most dangerous outcome of pulling Wonder Woman 1984 out of theaters will be thrust onto theater owners who will have to face the loss of revenue due to a waiting period. Warner Brothers, who have gambled on Tenet and will cross their fingers for Dune, still hold faith in their cinematic success.
Studio insiders have reached their decision due to a decrease in major markets in New York, Chicago, and L.A. 35 percent of domestic moviegoing marketplaces are left uncertain about their ability to foresee a lucrative future. It has been reported that the studio has remained unsure about Wonder Woman locking down a permanent release date after Tenet was used to lure more bold moviegoers back into theaters. They also consider Christmas Day to be more profitable, as they saw a great monetary gain from Aquaman, which was released during the holidays in 2018.
Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins had issued a statement regarding her latest Hollywood tentpole, issuing hope onto appetent DC fans. Jenkins' second installment into the DC Extended Universe was supposed to secure a seat at the summer box office, but the severity of the pandemic has left Hollywood hopeful for a late 2020 cinematic resurgence that will bleed throughout 2021.
"First and foremost let me say how much Gal and I love all our devoted Wonder Woman fans around the world, and your excitement for WW84 couldn’t make us happier or more eager for you to see the movie," Jenkins said, "Because I know how important it is to bring this movie to you on a big screen when all of us can share the experience together, I’m [hoping] you won’t mind waiting just a little bit longer. With the new date on Christmas Day, we can’t wait to spend the holidays with you."