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Holdout spring blockbuster ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ delayed to August

Kelly Gilblom

Bloomberg

 /  Wed, March 25, 2020  /  01:11 pm
Holdout spring blockbuster ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ delayed to August

A still from 'Wonder Woman 1984.' (DC Entertainment/File)

One of the last big blockbuster films set to debut in spring, Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman 1984,” has been delayed until August as the coronavirus pandemic keeps theaters closed.

The superhero movie was scheduled to premiere on June 5 in North America and will now debut Aug. 14, the AT&T Inc. unit said. Warner Bros. also delayed the premieres of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical “In the Heights” and Scooby-Doo film “Scoob!” indefinitely as studio executives try to assess when movie fans will be allowed back into cinemas.

Film-premiere delays are now commonplace, as rules on social gatherings prompted theaters in the US to close. Movie distributors make most of their money at the box office, and have largely opted to delay big-budget films rather than make them available on streaming platforms or take their chances in the few international markets that haven’t yet been ravaged by the pandemic.

“In these terrible 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,” Patty Jenkins, the film’s director, said on Twitter.

“Wonder Woman 1984” was one of the most anticipated films of the year, according to surveys from film websites IMDb and Fandango. It was one of the last remaining big-budget movies scheduled to premiere in the first half of 2020 that hadn’t been delayed, after the new James Bond film “No Time to Die” and Marvel installment “Black Widow” were among those pushed back.

The only two remaining big-budget movies set to come out in June are Walt Disney Co.’s animated film “Soul” and Paramount Pictures’ “Top Gun: Maverick.” Disney has pushed back the release of its other big films, including “Mulan,” while ViacomCBS Inc.’s Paramount delayed its thriller “A Quiet Place Part II.”

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