Both the 'Wonder Woman' sequel and 'Star Wars: Episode IX' will debut in December 2019. Both the 'Wonder Woman' sequel and 'Star Wars: Episode IX' will debut in December 2019. Both the 'Wonder Woman' sequel and 'Star Wars: Episode IX' will debut in December 2019. (Photo: Warner Bros./Disney)

'Wonder Woman' vs 'Star Wars' battle coming December 2019

Move over Batman v. Superman, there's a new heavyweight match on the horizon between 2 hit franchises.

Throughout her storied career in comics, television and film, Wonder Woman has always emerged victorious from battles with seemingly larger and more powerful foes. In December 2019, however, the superhero's greatest test won't come from the page or screen, but from the theater next door. Is the Amazon warrior princess up to the task of taking on one of the greatest science fiction franchises of all time?

That question, worthy of careful ponder from Master Yoda himself, piqued the minds of Hollywood exes everywhere this week after it was announced that "Star Wars: Episode IX" would be pushed back to Dec. 20, 2019. The shift from its original May release came in response to American filmmaker J.J. Abrams signing on to take over directing duties from the recently ousted Colin Trevorrow. Abrams, who kicked off the recent revival of "Star Wars" films with 2015's "The Force Awakens," will co-write the final chapter in the new trilogy with "Justice League" scribe Chris Terrio.

“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement.

Kylo Ren, seen in this still from 'The Last Jedi,' will likely continue to factor heavily in 'Episode IX.' Kylo Ren, seen in this still from 'The Last Jedi,' will likely continue to factor heavily in 'Episode IX.' (Photo: The Last Jedi)

Star Wars' new orbit around the 2019 holiday season, however, likely did not bring any excitement to the faces at Warner Bros. The studio behind this summer's smash hit "Wonder Woman," starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot, announced earlier that a sequel headed by returning director Patty Jenkins would bow on Dec. 13, 2019. While the film will undoubtedly perform even better than the original, the lasso of truth's close proximity to dueling lightsabers could make the studio perform some calendar juggling of their own.

"They could move 'Wonder Woman 2' into early November of 2019, where there is currently (allegedly) an 'Untitled DC Film' slotted," speculates Scott Mendelson for Forbes. "Or they could do what I frankly expected them to do during SDCC, which is to slot the Patty Jenkins-directed/Gal Gadot-starring adventure right into June 5, 2020. If Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc. does that, then I'm pretty comfortable arguing that 'Wonder Woman 2' would be the movie to beat in summer of 2020."

Should both films remain firm, the big winner will undoubtedly be the fans. Anticipation is likely to be at a fever pitch over "Wonder Woman 2's" reported Cold War setting (tapping into same 1980s nostalgia that's helped turned the series "Stranger Things" into such a mega hit) and "Episode IX'" as the concluding film of the latest Star Wars trilogy.

For some, like the young fan below, back-to-back films will simply mean an opportunity to combine everything they love about the franchises.

Whatever happens, 2019 as a whole is shaping up to be a memorable one for Hollywood. In addition to the heavyweights above, we'll also see Pixar's "Toy Story 4", "Top Gun 2: Maverick," "World War Z 2," based on the acclaimed novel from author Max Brooks, "Frozen 2", "Austin Powers 4," and possibly even the latest James Bond film.

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