Wonder Woman 1984 is fleeing its October 2nd release date for colder pastures, Deadline reports. The highly anticipated Patty Jenkins sequel will now be eyeing a release one week after sci-fi juggernaut Dune. Warner Bros. is keeping Dune in its intended December 18th release slot. According to Deadline, the studio firmly believes that the holiday season is big enough to support two major blockbusters in the same month.
So, why the move? Christopher Nolan‘s time caper Tenet is essentially the first film to see a solely theatrical release since the pandemic began. Wonder Woman 1984 would be encroaching on its territory. Not only that, but the entertainment industry’s biggest theatrical moneymakers, Los Angeles and New York City, are still not open for business due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a massive blow to the industry’s overall financial market.
Additionally, the Tom Cruise-led Top Gun: Maverick has vacated its holiday release date. Now, the action flick is slated for a July 2021 debut. This leaves a nice gap in which Diana of Themyscira can securely occupy.
Of course, the pandemic has not been kind to the film industry. There’s been critical shifts in blockbuster debuts, with some not getting a theatrical release at all (i.e. Mulan). It’s just one giant game of movie musical chairs as far as I’m concerned. As disappointed as I am with yet another setback, I sincerely hope this gives Wonder Woman 1984 the freedom it needs to soar. Here’s hoping it also continues to rack up anticipation among theatergoers.
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