“Wonder Woman 2” is moving its premiere to Nov. 1, 2019, six weeks before its previous announced debut of Dec. 13, 2019, in an effort to avoid losing moviegoers to “Star Wars: Episode IX.” The change of plans came about after Disney and Lucasfilm pushed back the release of the “Star Wars” film, which was originally set for a summer release in May 2019; that deadline couldn’t be met after J.J. Abrams (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) returned to the director’s chair after Colin Trevorrow (“Jurassic World”) left.
According to THR, the recent success of “Thor: Ragnarok” boosted hopes for early November becoming a lucrative timeslot for superhero films. The third installment of Thor’s story has grossed $211.6 million domestically and $650.1 million globally since its premiere. It’s doubtful that “Wonder Woman 2” will need the extra encouragement at the box office, as the first film earned $412.6 million domestically and $821.8 million globally, making it the top-grossing film ever directed by a solo female director. Patty Jenkins (“Monster”), who helmed the stunning Warner Bros. flick, has already signed on to direct the sequel.
Gal Gadot (“Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice”) has also signed on to star in the upcoming sequel, but rumors swirled this weekend after reports that Gadot will not return to her role as the badass Amazonian princess if Brett Ratner (“The Revenant”) remains involved in the franchise. According to Page Six, Gadot is taking a strong stance against Ratner, who’s been accused of sexual harassment and assault, and does not want the embattled director to financially benefit from “Wonder Woman 2.” Ratner’s production banner RatPac-Dune Entertainment financed the first “Wonder Woman” and profited heavily from its success.
However, Deadline reported Monday morning that the rumors are unfounded, as there haven’t been tense talks between Gadot and Warner Bros., and RatPac Dune Entertainment won’t even be financing “Wonder Woman 2.” Additionally, Ratner was never an official producer on “Wonder Woman” and his company was just a passive financier, so there’s no position to actually kick him out of at this point. So no worries, folks, Gadot will be back for Diana Prince’s next chapter.
“Wonder Woman 2” will now premiere Nov. 1, 2019. See Gadot as Wonder Woman in the DC’s upcoming “Justice League,” set for release this Friday (Nov. 17).