AceShowbiz - "Wonder Woman 2" has shifted its release date to November 1, 2019, a month and half earlier than its original release date, December 13, 2019. With the new release date, the film has no competitor other than "Bond 25", which will premiere in the week after. "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins is tapped again to direct the sequel and Gal Gadot is locked in to reprise her role as the titular heroine.
Initially, Warner Bros. scheduled the release on December, but when Luacsfilm changed their "Star Wars: Episode IX" from May 2019 to the holiday season, Warner Bros. and DC Films moved their date as a way to avoid competition. Although the critically acclaimed "Wonder Woman" was a massive success and its sequel should be as successful, putting the film head-to-head with another hyped "Star Wars" sequel is not a good business decision.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" earned $936 million domestically and the upcoming "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is predicted to gross more than $200 million in its opening weekend. Other than that, there is also a rumored Fox and Marvel's blockbuster planned for a release on November 22, which will make "Wonder Woman 2" have some stiff competition.
The ninth "Star Wars" film may be a big factor for the "Wonder Woman 2" change of date, but Marvel's success in November releases could be in the studios' consideration. "Thor: Ragnarok" grossed $121 million domestically in its first three days, while"Doctor Strange" earned $232.6 million domestically last year. It can be concluded that the first weekend of November proves to be lucrative for superhero films. Therefore, "Wonder Woman 2" should also find success.
On November 11, Page Six reported that Gadot threw an ultimatum to Warner Bros., stating that if Brett Ratner's still co-financing "Wonder Woman 2" in the future, she wouldn't reprise her role as the daughter of Hippolyta. However, Deadline has clarified that the rumor is false. Gadot is locked in to star in the "Wonder Woman" sequel. There is no sour talk between the actress and the studio, and Ratner isn't committed to financing the film after Warner Bros. severed ties with Ratner.
Gadot will soon be seen in cinemas as Wonder Woman in upcoming "Justice League", which opens in theaters across the nation on November 17.