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Warner Bros. Delays Wonder Woman 1984 and SCOOB! Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman sequel and Scooby-Doo’s origin story pulled from the release schedule

It was only a matter of time and today, we have got the confirmation. Except its not as bad as we feared. As expected, Warner Brothers’ upcoming DCU film, ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ has been delayed but in a change from the usual process of not announcing a new release date, have actually announced that the film will now hit theatres on August 14th instead of its original date of June 5th. The studio made the announcement, saying:

“When we greenlit ‘Wonder Woman 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 Aug. 14. We hope the world will be in a safer and healthier place by then”

The statement puts to bed the rumors that were doing the rounds that the company was discussing releasing the film on a streaming service instead of a cinematic release due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation. Now we are all in the know that we can eventually see the film as it was always intended. The film is Warner’s big box office hope for this blockbuster season and as such, the company really can’t afford to let it sit around gathering dust for too long.

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Warner Bros. also has decided to push the release dates back for three other films that were due for release this summer. ‘Into The Heights‘ an adaptation of the musical by Lin Manuel Miranda, ‘Malignant‘ which is a thriller from acclaimed director James Wan and the animated film ‘Scoob!‘ based on the classic cartoon ‘Scooby-Doo‘ which was due to be released on May 15th. ‘Malignant‘ was due to be released on August 14th but has now lost its slot to ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘. No new release dates have been announced for the other three movies pulled today.

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And now, all eyes turn towards Sony’s ‘Ghostbusters‘ reboot/remake/whatever as it has yet to declare whether it intends to stick to its assigned release date or will join the rest of the summer box office fare in being withdrawn and held back until things become more clearer around the world and the movie theatres reopen once more. After the summer, we will be into the fall season and films such as ‘Venom 2‘, ‘Halloween Kills‘, ‘Godzilla Vs Kong‘ and the already pushed back 007 movie ‘No Time To Die‘ looming large on the horizon. Time and spots are starting to run out for these delayed blockbusters at this moment in time but, as things are constantly changing, we could have an upswing within the coming weeks or few months.

We will all just have to wait and see.

 

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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!

 

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