What a difference a week can make. Whereas just a handful of days ago director Patty Jenkins was holding firm on her hopes that Wonder Woman 1984 would open in theaters on Christmas rather than streaming services–its sixth release date, half coming before COVID-19–she is now immediately acknowledging how unpredictable everything is during the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking with Variety, Wonder Woman 1984’s Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, The Mandalorian) said, “As far as movie releases are concerned, and the tremendous way that the industry is having to improvise around these circumstances, nothing is surprising. We’re all getting used to things shifting day-to-day, hour-to-hour, you know? That’s what we’re all dealing with.”
Jenkins, in the same story, also spoke about the lack of control she is feeling about the movie, which was originally supposed to be released November 1, 2019.
“It’s unbelievably surreal,” Jenkins said. “The biggest surreality about it is it’s supposed to be one adventure, right? You sign on to the movie, you write the movie, you direct the movie, you make the movie, the movie comes out, and you move on. Instead, like, I spent three years doing one thing, seven days a week, and then I just popped out of it to just nothing. No evidence of that [work].”
While Jenkins remains hopeful about the Christmas Day release, she also adds that nobody “can be confident” about anything in this moment, adding, “It’s super weird to go from making a movie with such detail and being so excited for the experience of people getting to share in that with you, and then just going on to cleaning your house and cooking… We just don’t know what the course of COVID is going to be like.”
The sequel comes from a script co-written by Jenkins (Monster), Geoff Johns (Birds of Prey), and David Callaham (Ant-Man). It stars Gal Godot (Fast & Furious), Chris Pine (Star Trek), Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters), and Pascal. In a visit to the set over the summer, we learned that the filmmakers don’t consider this a “traditional sequel.”
In other DC movie news, The Batman has also had its share of COVID-19 delays (including star Robert Pattinson getting and then bouncing back from the coronavirus), and has been pushed back all the way to 2022. For Black Adam, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson recently revealed that the upcoming movie will also feature Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher and several members of the JSA.
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