Warner Bros. is pushing back the release date of Wonder Women 1984 from November 1, 2019 to June 5, 2020, signaling a delay of seven months.
The news was revealed by Wonder Woman herself Gal Gadot on Twitter, saying in a caption that the summer release date is the movie’s “rightful home.” The first Wonder Woman opened during the same weekend on June 2, 2017 and became the first monster hit for Warner Bros. out of the DCEU. With the move to June 2020, this means Wonder Woman 1984 will arrive exactly three years after its predecessor.
Super excited to announce that, thanks to the changing landscape, we are able to put Wonder Woman back to its rightful home. June 5, 2020. Be there or be square!!!
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) October 22, 2018
Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein shared similar excitement as Gadot about the new release date to The Hollywood Reporter. “We had a 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,” says Goldstein. “This move lands the film exactly where it belongs.”
The changing landscape Goldstein is referring to is the removal of the Mark Wahlberg vehicle Six Billion Dollar Man from the June 5, 2020 release date. It isn’t like Wonder Woman 1984 wouldn’t have been a hit in November, but June is better known for marquee blockbusters and gives it the best chance to succeed. Additionally, the move also gave it some breathing room from the other DC movie that was slated to be released mere weeks before its arrival—Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker on October 4, 2019.
Warner Bros now has two DC movies coming out in 2019 with Shazam! and Joker and two in 2020 with Birds of Prey and Wonder Woman 1984.