Wonder Woman 2 Rescheduled To November 2019, Will Not Face Jedi At Box Office
Surprising no one, Warner Brothers flinched at a face-off between Rey and Diana and moved Ms. Prince’s sequel back six weeks.
The reviews for Warner Brothers’ Justice League are still under embargo for a few more hours, but even if somehow they squeeze out a Thor: Ragnarok size hit out of the mess of directors and angles, Wonder Woman 2 is still the DC Extended Universe’s only guarantees sequel hit on the roster between now and 2020. That date was originally announced to be December 13th, 2019, when Patty Jenkins signed to return as director.
This made Disney’s decision to move Star Wars: Episode IX JJ Abrams Returns to the December fallback position from the original May 23rd, 2019 release date to December 20th a bit of a tight squeeze. Christmas moviegoers are generous. But they’re not that generous. And with only Solo: A Star Wars Story the only Star Wars release not dominating the Christmas season, fans have become accustomed to their galaxy far far away for a space-time family holiday.
So Warner Brothers did the only sensible thing and moved Diana out of the way. She’ll now be returning six weeks earlier than originally promised, on November 1st, 2019.
This movie also consolidates Warner Brother’s as the November tentpole. (At least, they hope so.) Next year, in 2018, the Harry Potter prequel universe set Fantastic Beasts 2: Beasts En Francais will arrive, followed by Fantastic Beasts 3: This Time It’s Personal in November of 2020. Putting Wonder Woman in between those semi-guaranteed hits will at least allow the studio to feel like they have their own carved-out niche in the calendar as well.
The Hollywood Reporter noted this shift to the early end of November is also probably due to the sight of Thor‘s success two weeks ago, which Justice League will now have to struggle in the wake of. Sometimes there’s value in being first.