Believe it or not, Wonder Woman 1984 completed nearly all of its filming in 2018. The Gal Gadot-led sequel was set to release in Summer of 2020 until the worldwide pandemic forced Warner Bros. to change plans.
Fans will know that the DCEU movie was originally primed for a December 2019 release. Then the studio moved it up a month and a half only to push it back to Summer of 2020. Following that, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States and theaters closed, delaying the release date of WW84 to August 14, 2020, then again to October 2 and once more to Christmas Day, December 25, 2020, where it is currently slated.
Indeed, COVID-19 has thrown a monkey wrench into WB's plans for WW84 as it has for the majority of movies and events in 2020. Nevertheless, Warner Bros. remains entirely committed to getting this film in theaters to be seen by as large an audiences as possible.
According to a tweet from Variety editor Brent Lang, the AMC Theaters CEO Adam Aron claims Warner Bros. "definitively" plans to release Wonder Woman 1984 in theaters on its December 25 release date. However, the AMC exec adds that the general public won't know for sure if the film will make it to theaters until December 19 or 20.
WHAT THIS MEANS
Talk about cutting it close.
It would seem that even though WB has the best of intentions of getting the Wonder Woman sequel out to fans as soon as possible. However, as the old saying goes, even the best laid plans can go awry, especially with cases of the virus on the uptick as flu season begins to kick up
Could WW84 end up on streaming services instead of theaters? Perhaps the film could have a limited release window and then shift to video-on-demand.
Warner Bros. knows that a huge tent-pole movie like Wonder Woman 1984 will only reach its full earnings potential by releasing in theaters, but it just doesn't seem like theaters will be a safe place for one to visit until a coronavirus vaccine is in circulation.
At any rate, whether the film opens in theaters on Christmas Day or winds up on video-on-demand or even HBO Max, fans hopefully won't need to wait too much longer to see the continuing adventures of Diana Prince and Steve Trevor.