On Monday it was announced that Wonder Woman: 1984 — aka the sequel to the only new DCEU movie people have really loved — was suddenly bumped a little over six months, from November 1, 2019 to June 5, 2020. Only a handful of hours later, Deadline reported the slot that’s a mere year away was already re-occupied, by the Charlie’s Angels reboot being helmed by Elizabeth Banks.
As per Deadline, the Wonder Woman move wasn’t about production delays or script problems or some mishegoss. It was a complicated series of belated realizations and crafty maneuvers. For one thing, DC realized Wonder Woman was too close to the Joaquin Phoenix-starring Joker movie — the one whose extras were allegedly forced to urinate on NYC subway tracks. That spin-off is set to open on October 4 of next year. That means there would be two DC movies opening within less than a month of each other, which even if this were the more popular Marvel would be considered a bit too much.
Moreover, DC realized they maybe shouldn’t tamper with Wonder Woman’s timing. The first movie was the hit of Summer 2017. Maybe relocating the franchise to the autumn would be bad luck. Probably not, but it’s a good second reason to bump the film half a year.
As for Charlie’s Angels, it’s the franchise’s first since its failed TV revival in 2011, and its first movie since the little-loved 2003 sequel — the second and last to star the trio of Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Drew Barrymore. This one will star Kristen Stewart, Aladdin’s Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the members of a private detective agency who work for their titular never-seen boss (played by the late John Forsythe on the show and even, semi-on-screen, in the first film). Meanwhile, it appears director Banks and Patrick Stewart may both be playing multiple Bosleys.
Anyway, one exciting, empowering, highly anticipated movie about butt-kicking women has been replaced by another. So there’s at least some balance to this world.