Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins on ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ New Release Date: Believe in ‘the Power of Cinema’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Patty Jenkins (L) and Gal Gadot arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures

When DC beat Marvel to the punch with a female-led solo movie, few might have anticipated that just a few years later, each could be delaying their second entries. Wonder Woman 1984 has been one of many DCEU’s most-anticipated movies for the reason that authentic hit theaters in 2017. Here’s what star Gal Gadot and writer-director Patty Jenkins mentioned about its new launch date.

Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot are the director and star of ‘Wonder Woman’

Patty Jenkins (L) and Gal Gadot arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' on May 25, 2017
Patty Jenkins (L) and Gal Gadot arrive on the Los Angeles premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘Wonder Woman’ on May 25, 2017 | Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Gadot is, now and eternally, a superhero in our eyes. Before she landed the function of Diana Prince within the DCEU, the Israeli actress was greatest often called weapons skilled Gisele Yashar within the Fast and the Furious franchise. She then made her debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earlier than taking us again in time with Wonder Woman.

Jenkins, in the meantime, was first acknowledged for steering the drama Monster, which earned star Charlize Theron an Oscar. However, it was troublesome for her to get again into movies after that, and he or she spent the following decade or so directing for TV exhibits like Arrested Development and The Killing. Wonder Woman marked her return to the large display.

Both signed on for a sequel

Wonder Woman fared nicely on the field workplace, and acquired a major quantity of crucial acclaim. Given that DC has struggled — particularly within the latter space — up to now, a sequel was basically assured. Gadot was already on the hook for not less than yet another DC movie, and he or she then prolonged her contract.

It took a really brief time for every little thing to show round. Jenkins rapidly signed on to direct a sequel, which was introduced in July 2017. This time round, she additionally co-wrote the script, together with DC Entertainment CCO Geoff Johns.

The movie was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic

Filming for Wonder Woman 1984, which additionally stars Chris Pine and Kristen Wiig, occurred in 2018. It was initially scheduled to be launched in late 2019 (first December, then November), however as a way to give it one of the best shot with out conflicts from different releases, it was delayed till June 2020.

That is, till the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic struck. Many movies, together with rival Marvel’s Black Widow, have additionally been delayed. However, DC’s push is an optimistic one: Warner Bros. is hopeful that by August 2020, theaters will likely be up and operating at full capability as a way to herald large numbers.

Gadot and Jenkins on ‘the power of cinema’

Naturally, each Jenkins and Gadot chimed in with statements within the wake of the information. “We made Wonder Woman 1984 for the large display and I consider within the energy of cinema,” wrote the writer-director. “In these terrible time, when theater owners are struggling as so many are, we are excited to re-date our film to August 14th 2020 in a theater near you, and pray for better times for all by then.”

Gadot echoes this sentiment, citing the “dark and scary times” and her hope for “a brighter future ahead.” The actor additionally wrote concerning the “power of cinema,” including, “I hope everyone is safe. Sending my love to you all.” A optimistic message from a superhero icon.

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