“Wonder Woman 1984” is the latest film to have its release date postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Warner Bros. announced they are delaying the release, which was initially set for June 5th, by ten weeks.
The “Wonder Woman” sequel will now hit theaters on August 14th, according to Variety.
“When we greenlit WW 1984 it was with every intention to be viewed on the big screen and are excited to announce that Warner Bros. Pictures will be bringing the film to theatres on August 14th,” said Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group Chairman Toby Emmerich in a statement. “We hope the world will be in a safer and healthier place by then.”
Echoing the same sentiment, the film’s director Patty Jenkins stressed that the sequel would play in theaters as was initially intended.
“We made Wonder Woman 1984 for the big screen and I believe in the power of cinema,” Jenkins tweeted. “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.”
Actress Gal Gadot, who plays the iconic superhero, shared a message with her fans upon the news of the film’s delay.
“In these dark and scary times, I am looking forward to a brighter future ahead,” Gadot tweeted. “Where we can share the power of cinema together again. Excited to redate our WW84 film to August 14, 2020. I hope everyone is safe. Sending my love to you all.”
“Wonder Woman 1984” now joins the growing list of delayed film releases such as “Black Widow,” “Mulan,” “Fast 9,” “No Time to Die” and “A Quiet Place Part II.”
Bucking the trend is Universal, which had decided against delaying the release of “Trolls World Tour” and instead announced the animated sequel would debut simultaneously in theaters and online on April 10th.
But as the pandemic continues to spread, movie theaters across the country shut their doors last weekend.
Other films that were in theaters at the beginning of the outbreak, such as “The Invisible Man,” “The Hunt” and “Emma,” have since become available for a 48-hour rental online.
Warner Bros. also disclosed they’ve delayed the releases of Lin Manuel Miranda’s musical “In the Heights” and the animated film “Scoob.” New dates have yet to be announced.