Charles Roven Explains Why Wonder Woman 1984 Was Pushed Back
In a perfect world, Wonder Woman 1984 would be coming sooner rather than later. But since the previous movie was the DCEU’s first critical success, fans would probably riot if Warner Bros. botched the sequel. The film was initially set for release on November 1, 2019 before the studio moved it to June 5, 2020. A number of viewers were likely disappointed about having to wait another seven months for the Amazon princess’ return. However, while speaking with Collider, producer Charles Roven gave a new explanation about why this was the right move.
According to Roven, releasing the film in the summer was always the plan, but studio politics got in the way. Additionally, director Patty Jenkins commitments on TNT’s I Am the Night overlapped with Wonder Woman 1984’s pre-production. Basically, the film would have had to be churned out hastily if they wanted to maintain its fall premiere.
“We always wanted the date that we are on right now,” said Roven. “The studio felt that until their slate for the year before came together—and they had an amazing end of 2018—that they needed to have a big what I call aircraft carrier, a “tentpole”, in . We had a very rushed pre-production because Patty also did the TNT show 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.’”
Roven’s frankness seems to indicate confidence in the final product. Plus, the original Wonder Woman did well as a summer release when it hit theaters in 2017. Knowing this, it’s better not to mess with the formula that gave way to another installment in the first place.
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