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‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Jungle Book’ Release Dates Moved by Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. has pushed Andy Serkis’ “Jungle Book: Origins” back a year to 2018 and moved “Wonder Woman” forward three weeks to June 2, 2017.

Jungle Book: Origins” is moving from Oct. 6, 2017, to Oct. 19, 2018 — giving it more than two years of separation from Disney’s “Jungle Book” movie. Both films are based on the Rudyard Kipling book. Disney’s version, directed by Jon Favreau, hits theaters on April 15.

Warner’s “Jungle Book” is using performance capture technology. Serkis said in a Facebook post on Wednesday that he was grateful for the additional time.

“I’ve got to say that personally I’m absolutely thrilled that Warner Brothers have changed the delivery date of our movie,” he said. “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.”

“Jungle Book” is the first title to land on Oct. 19, 2018. Warner Bros. also announced it would release an untitled event film in the vacated slot on Oct. 6, 2017.

Wonder Woman” stars Gal Gadot, who debuted in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” It had been  set to open on June 23, 2017, when it would have faced “Transformers 5.”

“Wonder Woman” is the third title to land on June 2, 2017, after Sony’s “Bad Boys 3” and Fox’s animated “Captain Underpants.” Patty Jenkins is directing “Wonder Woman,” which also stars Chris Pine, Lucy Davis, Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright.

Warner Bros. also set dates for two untitled DC films: Oct. 5, 2018, and Nov. 1, 2019.

The studio announced Tuesday that “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” has generated more than $700 million in worldwide grosses. It’s the first movie in the studio’s efforts to follow Marvel’s strategy and exploit the massive DC library with a series of inter-connected tentpoles.

“Batman v. Superman” director Zack Snyder has started shooting “Justice League: Part 1” this week.

The current lineuo of upcoming DC titles:

“Suicide Squad” – August 5, 2016
“Wonder Woman” – June 2, 2017
“Justice League: Part 1” – November 17, 2017
“The Flash” – March 16, 2018
“Aquaman” – July 27, 2018
“Untitled DC Film” — October 5, 2018
“Shazam” – April 5, 2019
“Justice League: Part 2” – June 14, 2019
“Untitled DC Film” — November 1, 2019
“Cyborg” – April 3, 2020
“Green Lantern” – June 19, 2020

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