The Wonder Woman 1984 release date has been delayed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The release date was set for June 5, 2020, and it has now been moved to Aug. 14.
“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 theatres on Aug. 14,” Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman, told Variety. “We hope the world will be in a safer and healthier place by then.”
Wonder Woman 1984 is just the latest in a string of films to move off of its planned release date due to the current health crisis. The first major move was the 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die, which moved from April to Nov. Multiple films then began to move with A Quiet Place Part II delayed to an unknown date. It was later announced that F9 has been delayed from May 2020 to April 2021. Further delays were announced when Disney and Fox moved three films to unknown dates. Mulan (March 27) from Disney proper is the highest-profile film, while from Fox The New Mutants (April 3) will be delayed, and from Searchlight will be Antlers (April 17).
This, of course, is not the first delay for Wonder Woman 1984. The film was originally scheduled to release on Nov. 1, 2019. It was announced in Oct. 2018, however, that the film would push back seven months to the June 5, 2020 release date. At the time, Warner Bros. President of Domestic Distribution Jeff Goldstein stated, “We had tremendous success releasing the first Wonder Woman film during the summer so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did. This move lands the film exactly where it belongs.”
We made Wonder Woman 1984 for the big screen and I believe in the power of cinema. In these terrible times, when theater owners are struggling as so many are, we are excited to re-date our film to August 14th 2020 in a theater near you, and pray for better times for all by then pic.twitter.com/85ykQ8x6NE
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) March 24, 2020
In these dark and scary times, I am looking forward to a brighter future ahead. Where we can share the power of cinema together again. Excited to redate our WW84 film to August 14, 2020. I hope everyone is safe. Sending my love to you all. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/nzPUM7uQ1n
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) March 24, 2020
The new move is a very different situation, of course. Where the studios are going to move all of these homeless films remains to be seen. Release dates are chosen years in advance in some cases, so finding new homes for a single delayed film is rough at the best of times. Finding homes for this many films is going to unprecedented.
UPDATED: Updated to add tweets from Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot.