SINGAPORE — The release date for Wonder Woman 1984 has been shifted yet again – but it’s been brought forward, rather than delayed further (for markets outside the United States, at least).
In the US, the opening date for the highly-anticipated movie remains as Christmas Day, as previously announced in September. In Asia and elsewhere, however, it will start screening in theatres beginning 17 December.
Yahoo Lifestyle SEA has gotten hold of the release dates for Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines from Warner Bros.
In both Singapore and Malaysia, the movie will open in cinemas on 17 December.
In the Philippines, however, fans will have to wait a bit longer – the movie will be released only on 8 January next year.
Wonder Woman 1984 (or WW84, as the studio calls it), is the sequel to 2017’s critical and commercial hit, Wonder Woman.
Gal Gadot stars as the eponymous superheroine in the movie, which is set in DC’s Justice League universe. In this latest instalment, Wonder Woman faces two villains, Max Lord and the Cheetah.
Warner Bros announced on Thursday (19 November) that WW84 would be released in the US on HBO Max as well as in cinemas. The studio took this screening-plus-streaming route because theatres may be unsafe due to the country’s second wave of COVID-19 infections.
Since HBO Max is only available in the US, WW84 will be released in theatres in the rest of the world.
Directed by Patty Jenkins, WW84 had been delayed three times amid the pandemic. It was originally scheduled for 5 June, before moving to 14 August, then 2 October, and finally 25 December.
The movie, which cost roughly US$180 million (S$242 million) to produce, is one of the few blockbusters to be released after the pandemic began. Warner Bros was also the first studio to release a big-budget movie, “Tenet”, during the pandemic.
Another upcoming tentpole, “Dune”, is also from Warner Bros, but its release date has not been announced amid the ongoing uncertainties.