Warner Bros has decided to release its superhero movie Wonder Woman 1984 both theatrically and on the streaming platform HBO Max on the same day. The movie is directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot in the lead, will debut in U.S. theatres on December 25 and the same day it will also premiere on HBO Max. At the same time the film will also debut in international theatres on December 16.
“As we navigate these unprecedented times, we’ve had to be innovative in keeping our businesses moving forward while continuing to super-serve our fans,” Ann Sarnoff, Chair and CEO, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group said. Unlike Mulan, Wonder Woman 1984 won’t cost anything extra beyond the monthly subscription fee. HBO Max subscribers will have the opportunity to watch the film directly from home.
The DC film was originally scheduled to open on June 5 but was postponed to August 14 and later to December due to the coronavirus pandemic.The film reunites Gadot with Jenkins and co-star Chris Pine after their first successful movie Wonder Woman in 2017.
Gadot released her statement at social media as “IT’S TIME. We’ve all waited a long time for this one to come. I can’t tell you how excited I am for all of you to see this movie. 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. We feel the movie has never been so relevant and we hope that it’ll bring some joy, hope and love to your hearts. Wonder Woman 1984 is a special one for me and I can only hope it’ll be as special to you too. We’ve put our hearts and souls into it. So.. you can watch it IN THEATRES (they’re doing an amazing job keeping it safe) and you can watch it on HBOMax from your homes. Sending you my love. Please keep safe and wear a mask. Happy holidays to all of us! Let the light shine in.”
The movie was the first big-budget Hollywood feature to go for a theatrical release since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the cinemas worldwide in March.