Amid another massive nationwide spike in Covid-19 cases, Warner Bros. announced it will now debut Wonder Woman 1984 simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max this Christmas.
All HBO Max subscribers will have access to the film starting December 25 at no additional cost. (A subscription to HBO Max costs $ 14.99 per month.) The film will continue to be a theatrical release only in countries that do not yet have access to the HBO-branded streaming service, where it will be released on December 16. . WB clarified that Wonder Woman 1984 will be available on HBO Max for “one month,” after which the film may likely become available in other digital rental markets.
The sequel to the 2017 hit DC superhero film has been held for release in 2020 for the majority of the year. The release was originally slated for June, but Warner Bros. announced in March that she had delayed the film until August. Warner Bros. changed the film again over the summer, moving it from August to October; finally, the film was postponed from October to December 25.
Director Patty Jenkins rang the news via Twitter, advising Wonder Woman fans to check out the film in theaters if they have the chance.
“At some point you have to choose to share all the love and joy that you have to give, above all else,” said Jenkins, who insisted publicly in October this Wonder Woman 1984 would remain a theatrical release.
“Watch it IN THE THEATERS, where it’s safe to do it (check out the tremendous work theaters are doing to get there!),” She added.
While a few of the most anticipated films of 2020 have held firm in their first theatrical releases, most notably the film directed by Christopher Nolan Principle, another WB film that premiered in September – the majority of blockbusters slated for 2020 have launched in 2021 and beyond. Many of these films, like the sequel to James Bond No time to die, the prequel to the Avengers Black Widow, and Fast and Furious 9, will not debut until spring 2021 at the earliest. Some of them will finally be launched more than a year after their initially planned releases.
Wonder Woman 1984 may now be the most budgeted film to be available to streaming subscribers on date and date with its theatrical release this year, following a precedent set during the pandemic for the first major streaming releases. Disney’s filmed version of the Broadway hit Hamilton was slated for a theatrical release in October 2021, but Disney dropped it over the weekend of July 4 on Disney + instead. The live-action remake of Mulan, originally slated for release in March, ended up making its debut on Disney + instead of theaters in the United States. This movie cost subscribers an extra $ 30 to watch, however. Disney-pixar Soul will also skip the US theaters and head to Disney + instead, no additional cost (it will also debut on December 25).
Movie chains and movie studios continue to hope – as we all do – that a Covid-19 vaccine will be available in early 2021, so people can start to feel comfortable returning At the movie theater. The recent prognosis is good, with at least two possible vaccines showing promise in recent trials. Meanwhile, cases are on the rise, authorities continue to advise people to stay in their homes, and many cinemas remain closed.
As for Wonder Woman 1984, the film will reunite Gal Gadot as Amazonian Princess Diana Prince with Chris Pine as her sweetheart, Steve Trevor. Kristen Wiig also appears as the villainous Cheetah, and her costume is somewhat of a Christmas miracle in its own right.