It’s the oldest rivalry – Warner Bros versus Disney, DC versus Marvel, the warzone is ready, troops have geared up but this time there is one common enemy: The Coronavirus aka Covid-19 where both Wonder Woman 1984 and Black Widow are fighting for survival but who will have the upper hand?
- DC and Marvel struggle to find solutions in a pandemic
- Warner Bros make a strategic move with Wonder Woman Release
- The break that Warner Bros may be looking for
Release date for Black Widow Pushed
Given the outbreak of COVID-19 and WHO announcing it a pandemic, we are witnessing something that hasn’t happened before. The world has halted. Theatres, schools, workplaces have closed down. And it all just seems like a dystopian movie.
And it seems like no matter how big and powerful these production houses seem to be, most have crumbled down when facing the inevitable. Sure, the word on the street is that ‘going to the movies’ has and will soon become a thing of the past. But for these epic studios – Warner Bros and Disney right now, Black Widow and Wonder Woman are what they are banking on to get people to the theaters.
The highly anticipated first solo movie for Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson set for an early May release has been postponed until further notice. However, the Patty Jenkins directed sequel starring Gal Gadot has been given a green signal for it’s expected June 5 release.
Perhaps after a disastrous 2019 year for Warner Bros at the box office – having raked in a measly $199 million while having spent a whopping $84 Billion; they are again hoping for World box office domination that Wonder Woman Part One had enjoyed.
Sure, Wonder Woman can be their saving grace, their very own silver lining but I won’t go as far as to call it a win over Disney.
Strategic Move by Warner Brothers?
But what’s happened here is really strategic. By not postponing the June 5 release, Wonder Woman now becomes summers’ first and biggest opener in the making.
I might just go see it for two reasons, One, it’s Wonder Woman, Two, I can go to a theatre again without fearing for my life.
On the other hand, Black Widow- starring Scarlett Johansson sharing screen space with the breakout star of 2019 – Florence Pugh and yes, Mr.David Harbour; has been much talked about since it’s making was first announced. Both the trailers released have been exactly what the fans basically needed, more fuel to the fire.
I mean, who doesn’t want to see Scarlett Johansson donning Natasha Romanoff’s Cape fighting the same bad guys who have trained her to become so invincible and fearless. (yes please!)
World Record-Breaking Blockbuster waiting to happen?
Definitely, maybe. It almost seems like fate has played some major role for Warner Brothers when it comes to the DC fan favourite- Wonder Woman. The Gal Gadot/Kristwn Wiig/Chris Pine starrer was set to release in December 2019 but was pushed to November 2019 and finally to Summer 2020 with no knowledge of the global pandemic yet to hit our world.
Personally, I think that the Wonder Woman Franchise could hardly be the redemption for all the bad choices Warner Brothers has recently made. The likes of the movie Scooby which already has multiple DVD movies and TV Series dedicated to it, did we really need another one right now?
But on the other hand, opening the summer with our Wonder Woman Gal Gadot killing off the bad guys? With marketing for the movie at full swing- Warner Brothers look relentless. Now, that does seem like a recipe for a block-buster waiting to happen.
YAY FOR WOMEN POWER!
Will it be enough to have Warner Brothers rule over Disney? Regardless of what happens, a discussion on what female-starrer superhero movie is going to rule the box office? Yay for women power indeed! It’s going to be a power packed summer with Black Widow and Wonder Woman making us fall from the edge of our seats!
Let us know what you think in the comments below! Is this finally a win for DC over Marvel?