This past October, Warner Bros. announced that Wonder Woman 1984 would be released in June 2020 instead of its original November 2019 release date. Producer Charles Roven has provided an explanation for the delay.
While promoting the Netflix film Triple Frontier, Roven revealed that the filmmakers had preferred the later release date to match the successful release date of the 2017 original film and provide director Patty Jenkins more time to balance the film and her TNT television miniseries I Am the Night, which stars Chris Pine. After initially selecting a November release date to give the studio a late in the year blockbuster, Warner Bros. ultimately relented and pushed back the upcoming sequel's release date to give the production more time.
"We always wanted the date that we are on right now. The studio felt that until their slate for the year before came together...that they needed to have a big what I call aircraft carrier, a tentpole, in ," explained Roven in an interview with Collider. "We had a very rushed pre-production because Patty also did [I Am the Night] 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.’"
With principal photography on the film completed this past December, the sequel certainly has more time for post-production than originally envisioned so as to fine-tune the film for its wide theatrical release.
Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot as Diana, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva/Cheetah, Pedro Pascal and Natasha Rothwell. The film opens on June 5, 2020.