It’s been reported that Wonder Woman 1984 is officially coming to HBO Max on Christmas Day.
The news was announced by Warner Bros. on Wednesday night following numerous reschedules. The film was originally set for December 13th 2019 then it was delayed to November 1st 2020, only to be pushed back to June 5th 2020, then August 14th and then October 2nd.
Warner Bros CEO Ann Sarnoff stated in a press release: “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,” Sarnoff said. “This is an amazing film that really comes to life on the big screen and, working with our partners in the exhibition community, we will provide that option to consumers in the U.S. where theaters are open. We realize that a lot of consumers can’t go back to the movies due to the pandemic, so we also want to give them the option to see Wonder Woman 1984 via our HBO Max platform.”
Warner Bros has confirmed that the film Wonder Woman 1984 is set for an international release on December 16th where HBO Max is not available. This news comes in light of a new surge in COVID-19 cases in the U.S. that brings with it greater skepticism over movie theaters. This skepticism has led many studios to favor VOD and Instant Streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+.
Unlike Mulan who also saw a VOD release on Disney Plus, the release forced customers to pay an additional fee to watch. This will not be the case with Wonder Woman 1984. Prior to the announcement, Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins took to Twitter to comment on the decision:
“Watch it IN THEATERS, where it is made safe to do so … And available in the safety of your home on HBO Max … Happy holidays to all of you. We hope you enjoy our film as much as we enjoyed making it.”
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) November 18, 2020
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