After all the talking, the denials, the market turmoil and the guessing games, Warner Bros. have taken the leap and stopped messing about. The long delayed blockbuster, Wonder Woman 1984, will come out on Christmas Day after all.
The twist? It will come out in theaters and on HBO Max at the same time. The second twist? It will be free if you already have HBO Max.
It will be released in theaters outside the US, where there is no HBO Max. In the US it will be released in theaters and alongside that on HBO Max on the same day. It won’t be PVOD hiding behind an additional paywall as per Mulan. It will instead be free, premiere content as per Onward and Soul.
Director Patty Jenkins had this to say:
“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 movie as we love our fans, so we truly hope that our film brings a little bit of joy and a reprieve to all of you this holiday season.
Watch 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.”
So there you go. Whereas before Netflix and Amazon have premiered mid-budget or low-budget, more specialist movies at home and in theaters nobody has ever done anything quit this big before. 50% of US theaters remain closed including the key markets of LA and NYC.
No Time to Die, Dune, Fast 9… over to you!