Wonder Woman will be soaring into theaters a little earlier than expected.
Warner Bros. announced a few updates to its release calendar on Wednesday, shifting Gal Gadot’s standalone film as the titular hero from June 23, 2017 to June 2, 2017.
The studio is also pushing its Jungle Book: Origins film — not to be confused with the Jon Favrau-directed retelling hitting theaters next weekend — from Oct. 6, 2017 to Oct. 19, 2018. Warner Bros. incarnation of the Rudyard Kipling tale, directed by Andy Serkis, is to star Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Serkis said Wednesday that he’s “absolutely thrilled” by the release date change for Jungle Book.
“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,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “We are breaking new ground with realistic non-humanoid animal faces, such as a panther or wolf, ensuring that they convincingly communicate with human language and emotion via performance capture, and are able to stand up to real scrutiny in richly complex dramatic scenes.”
“So, every minute more that we have to evolve the technological pipeline will make all the difference,” he added. “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!”
Wonder Woman comes after Gadot made her debut as Diana Prince in last month’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. That film’s schedule shift comes after Paramount’s next Transformers film landed on its original June 23 release date.
Warner Bros. also slated dates for two untitled DC films — one on Oct. 5, 2018 and the other on Nov. 1, 2019. A separate, also untitled event film was dated for Oct. 6, 2017.