Proving that even superheroes are susceptible to Coronavirus, the release date for Wonder Woman 1984 has been pushed back once more.
Originally scheduled to hit cinemas in November 2019, ‘Wonder Woman 1984′ was then pushed back seven months to June 2020. At the time the reasoning behind the shift was unknown. Subsequently it came to light that the decision was based on little more than the filmmakers’ preference for a summer release.
‘Wonder Woman’, the first film starring Gal Gadot as the titular character, hit cinemas in May 2017 and performed exceptionally well at the boxoffice. Keen to replicate that success, Warner Bros decided to reschedule the release date for the highly anticipated sequel from November 2019 to June 2020. Then came Corona Virus.
As theatres are forced to close to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the film industry struggles to recoup the million-dollar budgets required to get a film to screens. As we saw with the recent, untimely release of ‘Bloodshot’ – starring Vin Diesel – the film struggled to make even $10 million back of it’s estimated $45 million budget at the box office having reached cinema screens just as the pandemic reached severe levels in the UK and US. Sony and Columbia chose to fast forward ‘Bloodshot’ for a video on demand release.
Allowing themselves the best chance of still making millions of dollars at the cinema, and hopeful that the public will rush back to multiplex theatres once quarantine restrictions are lifted, ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ has now been rescheduled for release on August 14th 2020.