'In the Heights,' 'Wonder Woman 1984' releases postponed due to coronavirus

Carla Harmon
March 25, 2020

First, I'm sure it's not an accident that Patty Jenkins picked a graphic that included the words "Only In Theaters", just it was obviously pointful that she started her statement by saying Wonder Woman 1984 was made for big screens.

After much speculation, it was recently announced that the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 will push its release date back from June 5 to August 14. "In these awful times, when theater owners are struggling as so many are, we are excited to re-date our film to August 14th, 2020, in a theater near you, and pray for better times for all by then". The superhero film is the latest Hollywood franchise to be postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed the lives of over 15,000 and infected many others.

Responding to the news, Gadot said: "In these dark and scary times, I am looking forward to a brighter future ahead. We hope the world will be in a safer and healthier place by then". "Where we can share the power of cinema together again", Gadot wrote. There has been no reason given for the lack of a new release date. Multiplexes across the country have shuttered their doors to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, and with over 40 million Americans now living under "shelter in place" orders, there wouldn't be much demand for their services even if they hadn't.

The film was originally set to release on November 1, 2019, but Warner Bros. pushed it back to June 2020 in hopes of making it a summer blockbuster. The fact that Warner Bros. refuses to surrender Wonder Woman 1984's theatrical release reaffirms the studio's commitment to the traditional distribution model, even in these trying times. However, Warner Bros. later confirmed that is sticking with the plan to release the film in theaters, although the change of date had not been announced until today.

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