“Gal Gadot is aware that this year wasn’t easy. “Wonder Woman 1984” should be a fitting finale, in her opinion.,,

Three years after the DC Comics icon became the first female superhero to headline a contemporary blockbuster, a much-anticipated sequel reunites breakout star Gal Gadot with powerhouse director Patty Jenkins. Originally scheduled for release in June, “Wonder Woman 1984” was seen as one of summer’s surefire hits.

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Expectations were so high that industry observers forecast it would gross $1 billion worldwide, besting the $800 million-plus global gross of the original. And it would have played a central role in what looked like a watershed year for female-directed tentpole movies. Disney’s “Mulan” would have opened in March.

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Instead, in a sign of how swiftly the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the industry upside down, “Wonder Woman 1984” will become the first tentpole title to premiere in theaters and at home simultaneously when it hits the streaming platform HBO Max on Christmas Day in the U.S.

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