We said it was rumoured, and now it has come to pass. Warner Bros. have officially announced that they are delaying Wonder Woman 1984. It will no longer land on 2nd October, instead it’s targeting a Christmas Day debut.
This is the first domino to fall. With Dune pencilled in for 18th December we can now expect that to move, possibly out of 2020 altogether.
Tenet continues to do half the business that was predicted, even when adjusted down for COVID. It looks as if studios are realising that the willingness to go to the theatre and watch a movie isn’t there right now.
It has no competition, and it’s still underperforming. So they are pulling the plug… again. Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group chairman said in a statement:
“Patty is an exceptional filmmaker and with ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ she has delivered an incredibly dynamic film that moviegoers of all ages around the world will absolutely love. We’re very proud of the film and look forward to bringing it to audiences for the holidays.”
Jenkins herself also spoke on the subject:
“First and foremost let me say how much Gal and I love all our devoted Wonder Woman fans around the world, and your excitement for ‘WW84’ couldn’t make us happier or more eager for you to see the movie. Because I know how important it is to bring this movie to you on a big screen when all of us can share the experience together, I’m hopeful you won’t mind waiting just a little bit longer. With the new date on Christmas Day, we can’t wait to spend the holidays with you!”
All studios are watching. Another domino, albeit a smaller one, to fall is Candyman. It has been pulled from its release and held back for an as-yet unspecified 2021 date.
Black Widow and No Time To Die are the other big events in the last quarter. I am betting now that neither of them see the inside of a movie theatre in 2020.
Kenneth Branagh’s new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile and the Lord & Miller produced animated feature Connected are also scheduled, but maybe smaller than the big ticket items above.
Gerard Butler-led Greenland, Liam Neeson’s Honest Thief and Hilary Swank-led Fatale must now be considered prime candidates for a PVOD launch.