Warner Bros. has moved the release date of Wonder Woman up to June 2, 2017 and scheduled several unnamed additional DC films. For the Gal Gadot-starring film, this is three weeks ahead of the previously announced June 23, 2017 date.
The change moves Wonder Wonder closer to Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5) but farther away from Sony's Marvel Studios-produced Spider-Man reboot (July 7).
Two unidentified new DC films are scheduled for release October 5, 2018 and November 1, 2019, with a third "untitled WB event film" scheduled for October 6, 2017.
DC has previously dated all the Justice League-related solo films in addition to Wonder Woman, includng The Flash (March 16, 2018), Aquaman (July 27, 2018), Cyborg (April 3, 2020) and Green Lantern Corps (June 19, 2020), along with Shazam (April 5, 2019).
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If the 2018 and 2019 dates are for new additional films, the most obvious candidates would be a sequel to this August's Suicide Squad, a Superman solo sequel and/or a much speculated-rumored-anticipated Batman-Ben Affleck solo film.
Warner Bros. announcement of an earlier release for Wonder Woman and the addition of two new DC films could be interpreted as a quiet, indirect but public vote of confidence in the direction of their DC Comics film slate in light of the poor critical and the tough domestic second weekend box office reception of Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman.
That third mystery "WB event" film (another mystery "WB event" film was scheduled for August 11, 2017 last year) takes the place of the studio's Jungle Book adaptation by first-time director Andy Serkis. Warner Bros. is moving that film back a year for what Serkis says are the technological demands for the motion-capture performances of the film.
"I've got to say that personally I'm absolutely thrilled that Warner Brothers have changed the delivery date of our movie," said Serkis. "The ambition for this project is huge. What we are attempting is an unprecedented level of psychological and emotional nuance in morphing the phenomenal performances of our cast into the facial expressions of our animals. So, every minute more that we have to evolve the technological pipeline will make all the difference ... the evidence is there already and it's off the chain exciting, so hang on in there ... This is truly next generation storytelling, and it will be the real deal!"
Walt Disney's live-action Jungle Book film hits theaters this Friday.