Warner Bros. has moved up the release of Wonder Woman 2 from Dec. 13, 2019 to Nov. 1, 2019. That steers the comic book movie away from the release of Star Wars: Episode IX on Dec. 20, 2019, and gives WB’s superhero sequel some room to breathe.
Gal Gadot has closed a deal to reprise her signature role, and Patty Jenkins will be calling the shots once again as the sequel’s director.
Warner Bros. had already reserved Nov. 1 for one of its DC movies, but obviously the studio wasn’t going to open two DC movies in back-to-back months. It was believed in some circles that Warner Bros. only announced Wonder Woman 2 for December because it had reserved early November for the next James Bond film in the event it landed the domestic rights to that global action franchise, though it appears that Annapurna Pictures has the edge there. Now, the Wonder Woman sequel will have a one-week jump on James Bond, and both of them will have plenty of time in theaters before Episode IX crashes their box office party.
Of course, Star Wars: Episode IX only moved to December 2019 after J.J. Abrams was brought in to replace Colin Trevorrow, who had been planning for a May opening. Regardless, Wonder Woman 2 is well-positioned for success, as early November has proven to be a fruitful release corridor for comic book movies, including Marvel’s current hit Thor: Ragnarok.
Meanwhile, those wondering if Brett Ratner would be involved in Wonder Woman 2 can rest easy, as he’ll have nothing to do with it. In fact, he didn’t produce or executive produce the first film — his company RatPac merely served as a passive financier. It had a stake in Wonder Woman, but it’s being cut out of the sequel because its deal expires next spring with the release of New Line’s Rampage starring Dwayne Johnson.
Wonder Woman grossed more than $820 million worldwide, and you can bet the sequel will have its sights set on the billion-dollar mark. I bet it hits that box office milestone without having to break much of a sweat.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief