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Wonder Woman sequel release brought forward

The highly-anticipated Wonder Woman sequel has had its release bumped up by six weeks to November, 2019.

Studio bosses at Warner Bros. had originally pegged 13 December, 2019 for actress Gal Gadot's next outing as the titular superheroine, but on Monday (13Nov17), they announced the project would hit theaters more than a month earlier than expected, on 1 November (19).

The new date means Wonder Woman 2 will no longer have to compete with Star Wars: Episode IX for box office attention so soon after its release, as the sci-fi epic is scheduled to open on 20 December, 2019.

Patty Jenkins will return to take charge of the next installment, having recently secured a record-breaking deal to write, produce, and direct the follow-up in a package worth a reported $8 million - the highest figure ever awarded to a female filmmaker.

Warner Bros. officials can certainly afford to pay Jenkins handsomely - Wonder Woman was a massive hit worldwide, grossing $821.8 million following its summer (17) release.

Gadot is currently promoting her return as the Amazonian princess for DC Comics' new Justice League blockbuster, which hits theaters this week (begs13Nov17).