Just a couple days ago, Deadline reported that Warner Bros. was going to delay Wonder Woman 1984 yet again in order to allow Tenet more room to perform. The options were to either push it to early November & put it in competition with Black Widow, or to push it to the Holiday period of December & replace it with Dune. But Warners have done something quite interesting.
Delaying Wonder Woman 1984 is obviously a smart decision on their part and there’s no doubt in it. It is a film that carries a high potential to perform at the Box Office. Looking at what Tenet has been able to achieve despite its potential, they had to move Wonder Woman 1984 no matter what. Tenet opened up with just $20 million domestically, and that’s not something to brag about. The theatres in New York and Los Angeles will reopen sometime in September/October, so Warners want Tenet to hit that lucrative market in hopes for bigger returns. Since they had placed Wonder Woman 1984 for its theatrical release during the same time period, it’s obvious that they weren’t going to have Tenet & Wonder Woman 1984 compete with each other.
Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman sequel has now suffered its 4th delay. Initially, we were supposed to see Wonder Woman make her return on November 1, 2019. But then, WB pushed it to June 5, 2020. COVID-19 pushed it from June 5 to August 14. But since Tenet kept getting delayed, Warners placed Wonder Woman 1984 on October 2. And now, yet again Warner Bros. has moved Wonder Woman 1984 due to Tenet & COVID-19 conditions. The new release date of the film is December 25, 2020.
Interestingly, this date falls just a week after Dune’s release date. Since Warner Bros. has delayed Wonder Woman 1984 to prevent it from going up against Tenet, they will certainly not let Dune & Wonder Woman 1984 compete with each other either. Hence, Dune is probably going to be moved from its December 18 release date as well. In the recent trailer of the film, they didn’t give out a specific release date. That makes it clear that the studio isn’t committing to a specific release date in this dynamic & volatile market
WB is the only studio that was still looking to release 3 of their big-budget blockbusters in 2020. But now that they have released one, they’ve realized that it is next to impossible for any big-budget film to make its money back and turn in a profit when theatres aren’t functioning in full flow. So, their second big blockbuster event will arrive at the end of the year, and hopefully, they will take a sensible decision for Dune as well.
Now that WB has done its bit, it’s time for Disney to do theirs. Rumors have suggested that they are looking to delay Black Widow as well. Now that Wonder Woman 1984 has taken the Holiday period of December, it is almost certain that if Disney will move Black Widow, then it will go on to replace Eternals on February 12, 2021. If that happens then Eternals will naturally replace Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on May 7, 2021, and Shang-Chi will go to the November 5, 2021 spot that was vacated by Spider-Man 3 a while ago. Let’s wait and see if Disney makes this phase-shifting maneuver. For now, all we could do is make assumptions that seem sensible to us.
Coming back to DC, people are really eager to watch Wonder Woman 1984 since we won’t be getting any DC movie after it until August 2021. Warner Bros. now hopes to cash in the holiday period just like Aquaman did a couple years ago. How excited are you to see Diana return to the big screen? Tell us in the comments section.