Girl power: ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ and ‘Black Widow’ are the most anticipated movies of 2020

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More than 2,000 fans were asked what upcoming films they were looking forward to seeing the most

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"Wonder Woman 1984" stars Gal Gadot.

Films with female leads took the top two spots in the annual “Most Anticipated Movie” survey for 2020.

For the first time, four films starring and directed by women - Wonder Woman 1984, Marvel’s Black Widow and Eternals and Disney’s live-action Mulan - topped a Fandango audience survey of the most anticipated movies of the new year, the US film ticketing site announced Friday.

The movies, helmed by directors Patty Jenkins, Cate Shortland, Chloe Zhao and Niki Caro, respectively, were selected in an online survey conducted in the last weeks of this month. More than 2,000 millennial film fans cast their votes for the top movies and performances they were most looking forward to seeing on the big screen in 2020.

Rounding out the top 10 are a bevy of sequels, spin-offs and adaptations, including the next James Bond instalment (No Time to Die), John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place II, the female superhero team-up flick Birds of Prey, the musical In the Heights, Pixar’s animated film Soul and the ninth chapter of the Fast & Furious franchise.

Soul, about a middle-school music teacher who dreams of playing at a New York jazz club, appears to be the only original fare.

But it’s the Wonder Woman sequel that fans seem particularly stoked about, topping the most anticipated actress (Gal Gadot), actor (Chris Pine) and villain (Kristen Wiig) categories as well.

Here’s how those four films fared and the other releases moviegoers can expect in the new year:

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Most anticipated movie

Wonder Woman 1984 (directed by Patty Jenkins; release date: June 5)

Black Widow (Cate Shortland, May 1)

Marvel’s Eternals (Chloe Zhao, Nov. 6)

Mulan (Niki Caro, March 27)

To Time to Die (Cary Joji Fukunaga, April 10)

A Quiet Place Part II (John Krasinski, March 20)

Birds of Prey (Cathy Yan, Feb. 7)

In the Heights (Jon M. Chu, June 26)

Pixar’s Sou(Pete Docter and Kemp Powers, June 19)

Fast & Furious 9 (Justin Lin, May 22)

Most anticipated actress

Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman 1984)

Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow)

Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place Part IIJungle Cruise)

Margot Robbie (Birds of Prey)

Zendaya (Dune)

Most anticipated actor

Chris Pine (Wonder Woman 1984)

Paul Rudd (Ghostbusters: Afterlife)

Ryan Reynolds (Free Guy)

Daniel Craig (No Time to Die)

Robert Downey Jr. (Dolittle)

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Most anticipated villain

Kristen Wiig as Cheetah (Wonder Woman 1984)

Rami Malek as Safin (No Time to Die)

Ewan McGregor as Black Mask (Birds of Prey)

Jim Carrey as Dr. Ivo Robotnik (Sonic the Hedgehog)

Charlize Theron as Cipher (Fast & Furious 9)

Most anticipated family film


Pixar’s Soul

Sonic the Hedgehog


Jungle Cruise

Most anticipated horror film

A Quiet Place Part II

Halloween Kills

The Invisible Man

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

The Grudge

Most anticipated live-action comedy

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Bill & Ted Face the Music

Bad Boys For Life

Legally Blonde 3

The Lovebirds