Theater owners, which normally wouldn't want a new movie made available to at-home audiences while it plays in cinemas, are being more flexible than normal, because nearly all major new films have been delayed until 2021. "We see an opportunity to do something firmly focused on the fans: give them the power to choose between going to their local cinema or opening on HBO Max". On the other hand, if you and your family prefer to stay in and make your own popcorn this holiday, we want to share the experience of Wonder Woman 1984 with you the exact same day on HBO Max.
"We appreciate how patient audiences have been and given the great anticipation around "Wonder Woman 1984" we are grateful to be able to make this terrifically entertaining movie widely available in these challenging times", said the chairman of Warner Bros.
If Warner Bros. does indeed move forward with this plan, Wonder Woman 1984 would be the biggest blockbuster this year to go straight to streaming - or at least a day-and-date release with both theatrical and streaming.
"It wasn't an easy decision and we never thought we'd have to hold onto the release for such a long time but COVID rocked all of our worlds", wrote Gadot.
With global movie ticket sales doing better than the USA market, HBO Max is a smart choice.
The company is trying to attract new subscribers to HBO Max, a $15-per-month subscription launched in May to compete with Netflix Inc.
Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot and Stephen Jones are producing the film.
In a letter to fans posted on Medium, WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar explained why the company made a decision to release Wonder Woman on HBO Max. The news comes after the various delays in the entertainment industry, and Wonder Woman 1984 itself has moved its release date around a number of times due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Watch it in theatres, where it is made safe to do so (check out the great work theatres have done to make it so!) And available in the safety of your home on HBO Max where it is not.
Featured image via Warner Bros. Happy holidays to all of you. Following the events of the first film set in World War 1, this sequel catches up on Gadot's demigod in the colourful 1980s where she will need to deal with Pedro Pascal's mysterious businessman Max Lord, as well as Kristen Wiig's new BFF-turned-feline-villain Cheetah. "We've put our hearts and souls into it". The music is by Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer ("Dunkirk", "The Lion King"). Rebecca Steel Roven Oakley, Richard Suckle, Marianne Jenkins, Geoff Johns, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo, and Wesley Coller are executive producers.