Warner Bros. has announced that Patty Jenkins‘ long-delayed Wonder Woman 1984 will debut on HBO Max on 25 December. The film will also be released in whatever US cinemas are open on that day. In international territories where HBO Max is not available, it will open in cinemas on 16 December. However, the so-called second wave of COVID-19 means that few cinemas are actually open.
This again shows the shifting ground of the theatrical release model – and considering that the Gal Gadot starrer was predicted to bank $1 billion globally – this is a brave move from Warners. However, it makes sense for them to release the Wonder Woman film on their burgeoning streaming service – especially when Zack Snyder’s Justice League will drop there in 2021.
This is what Patty Jenkins had to say about it:
“The time has come. At some point you have to choose to share any love and joy you have to give, over everything else. We love our move as we love our fans, so we truly hope that our film brings a little bit of joy and reprieve to all of you this holiday season.
What it in theaters, where it is made safe to do so (check out the great work theaters have done to make it so!) And available in the safety of your home on HBO Max where it is not. Happy holidays to all of you. We hope you enjoy our film as much as we enjoyed making it.”