When the highly anticipated follow-up to Wonder Woman was pushed back a few months from November this year to June 2020, some fans took that to mean there were possible production problems. However, producer Charles Roven has cleared up the reason for the delay, and it turns out there is no need for concern.
“We always wanted the date that we are on right now. The studio felt that until their slate for the year before came together—and they had an amazing end of 2018—that they needed to have a big what I call aircraft carrier, a “tentpole”, in . We had a very rushed pre-production because Patty also did the TNT show and we had a very rushed post-production schedule in order to make the date that we were on, which was November 1, 2019. We were doing it because the studio said they really needed it, and then at a certain point they came to us and they said, ‘You know what, you guys are right. Let’s go back to the month that you guys released Wonder Woman 1 in, and take the extra time.’”
When Wonder Woman 1984 release date was initially set, Warner Bros weren't expecting (along with the rest of the world) Aquaman to gross more than $1.1 billion globally. A Star Is Born rocked its way to critical acclaim and $433 million, plus, Crazy Rich Asians scored an impressive $238 million against a $30 million budget. That's not all, Ocean's 8 took almost $300 million, and The Meg chomped down more than $500 million worldwide. That's one heck of a solid year at the box office for Warner Bros which softens the shortcomings of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
2019 is another packed year of box office potential with Shazam, Detective Pikachu, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Shaft, Annabelle Comes Home, It Chapter 2, a standalone Joker movie, and The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep. It's difficult to disagree with Roven's reasoning, and I think we'd all rather wait a few extra months for a potentially better movie. Directed by Patty Jenkins, and starring Gal Gadot, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, and Chris Pine, Wonder Woman 1984 is released November 5, 2020.