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The Wonder Woman movie is coming sooner than expected

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Gal Gadot's portrayal of Wonder Woman was one of the few highlights of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and now her standalone movie will be coming out sooner than originally anticipated. Variety reports that Warner Bros. has moved up the release date of Wonder Woman to June 2nd, 2017, three weeks earlier than its original release date.

Along with Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. is pushing Jungle Book: Origins back more than a year to October 19th, 2018. That film, which is being directed by mo-cap performer Andy Serkis, will likely benefit from the additional time in post-production to focus on the extensive visual effects work (and to distance itself from Disney's latest adaptation, which is hitting theaters this month).

Proving that the studio is paying more attention to the box-office returns of Dawn of Justice than the critical reception, the company has also set release dates for two as-of-yet untitled DC films: October 5th, 2018, and November 1st, 2019. With Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Green Lantern Corps, and a pair of Justice League films already on the studio's schedule, one of the slots is likely intended for the rumored Ben Affleck solo Batman movie, with the other potentially opening up space for a new Man of Steel sequel, or a movie based on any other random DC character Batman happens to find on a flash drive.