Wonder Woman was a breakout critical success for the often uneven DC cinematic universe, and its sequel set in the 1980s–Wonder Woman 1984–will take the character into the Cold War. We’ll have to wait a little longer for the return of Princess Diana, though, as the film has been pushed back to 2020.
Star Gal Gadot, who plays the title character, announced the delay via Twitter. Rather than its planned November 1, 2019 date, it will now release on June 5, 2020. Gadot calls this date its “rightful home,” presumably a reference to its placement among tent-pole summer movies rather than a fall release.
That was subsequently confirmed in a statement WB shared with GameSpot. “We had tremendous success releasing the first Wonder Woman film during the summer so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution. “This move lands the film exactly where it belongs.”
Super excited to announce that, thanks to the changing landscape, we are able to put Wonder Woman back to its rightful home. June 5, 2020. Be there or be square!!!
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) October 22, 2018
No other reason was given for the delay other than the “changing landscape” Gadot mentioned. That could mean that next fall is simply getting too crowded or that space has opened up in the following summer. DC has scheduled its Joker movie for October 2019, so keeping Wonder Woman 1984 in the November slot could have overlapped with it.
So far we haven’t seen a trailer for WW84, so details are still scarce. Patty Jenkins is returning to direct, and Chris Pine is coming back in some capacity as Steve Trevor. We also know that Kristen Wiig has been cast as one of Wonder Woman’s most iconic nemeses, Cheetah.