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For those of you who were looking forward to being treated to Shazam! and Wonder Woman 1984 next year, you'll have to make due with Blly Batson holding down the DC Extended Universe fort on his own. Originally scheduled to come out on November 1, 2019, Word has just come in that Wonder Woman 1984 has been pushed back seven months, now putting it square in summer 2020. This update comes from Gal Gadot herself, who tweeted:
So rather than being the first blockbuster of the winter 2019 movie season, Wonder Woman 1984 will now be released on June 5, 2020. Not only is that a more traditional slot for an action-packed blockbuster, but this also means the sequel will arrive basically three full years after the first Wonder Woman movie, which came out on June 2, 2017. Wonder Woman 1984 new date was previously occupied by Six Billion Dollar Man, which Warner Bros has taken off the calendar.
While this seven-month delay is unfortunate for fans who were eager to see Diana of Themyscira back on the big screen, Gal Gadot clearly believes that Wonder Woman 1984 being moved to summer is a better move in the long run, something that was echoed by Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros' president of domestic distribution, in an official statement (via THR). 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.
It's worth noting that moviegoers will still get to see two movies based on DC Comics properties next year, as in addition to Shazam!, the Joaquin Phoenix-led Joker, which isn't set in the DCEU, comes out on October 4, 2019. It's possible that once Joker snagged that fall release, Warner Bros decided it wasn't a good idea to have two DC movies open within a month of each other. Whether that's true or if other factors were in play, Wonder Woman 1984 is now opening four months after Birds of Prey.
Rather than take place after the events of Justice League, Wonder Woman 1984, as you can tell from the title, is following in Wonder Woman's footsteps and taking the prequel route. No specific story details have been revealed yet, but Diana will clash with Barbara Ann Minerva, a.k.a. Cheetah, played by Kristen Wiig, as well as reunite with Chris Pine's Steve Trevor, who was believed to have died at the end of World War I. The cast also includes Pedro Pascal, Natasha Rothwell, Ravi Patel and Gabriella Wilde, as well as Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright reprising Hippolyta and Antiope, respectively.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more coverage on Wonder Woman 1984, and be sure to look through our DC movies guide to learn what else the DCEU has in development.