Another blockbuster movie has been delayed due to the international implications of coronavirus. Warner Bros. just announced that it’s pushed back Wonder Woman 1984’s release from June 5 to August 14, a little more than a two-month delay for the Gal Gadot-led sequel.
Warner Bros. also indefinitely delayed the opening of their film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical In The Heights, which was initially slated to open on June 26. Scoob, an animated movie based on the Scooby-Doo series that was supposed to open on May 15, has also had its release pushed back with no new date on the horizon. Malignant, a thriller from Aquaman director James Wan, was supposed to hit theaters on August 14, but it has been pushed back so that Wonder Woman 1984 can take its spot.
The studio’s other major summer release, Christopher Nolan’s mysterious Tenet, is still scheduled to premiere on its original date of July 17, assuming the pandemic has calmed down by then.
“When we greenlit Wonder Woman 1984, it was with every intention to be viewed on the big screen and are excited to announce that Warner Bros. Pictures will be bringing the film to theaters on Aug. 14,” Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman, said in a statement provided to Variety. “We hope the world will be in a safer and healthier place by then.”
The other big upcoming superhero movie, Marvel’s Black Widow, was delayed indefinitely as of last Wednesday, joining a number of Disney releases to be cleared from the schedule for the next several months.
While the pandemic has sparked a trend of movies going straight from theaters to VOD (on the same day as their theatrical premiere, in the case of the upcoming Trolls World Tour), Emmerich’s statement makes it pretty clear that Wonder Woman 1984 is not headed for a small screen debut. The original film, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, was the third-highest grossing movie of 2017, and it is by far the most critically acclaimed entry in DC’s cinematic universe. A VOD release surely wouldn’t earn nearly as much as a proper theatrical release (under normal circumstances) would, to say nothing of the sequel’s cost, reportedly somewhere in the realm of $180 million. Odds are good that, even if the coronavirus prevents Wonder Woman 1984 from hitting its new August 14 release date, the premiere will just be delayed again.
In the meantime, you can catch Gal Gadot on social media, singing John Lennon’s “Imagine”, if that’s your thing.