DC fans have something to look forward to this holiday season. Not only is Warner Bros. sticking to the film’s current December 25 release date, Wonder Woman 1984 will also debut the same day on HBO Max.
The news first broke via a leaked trailer for the Wonder Woman sequel, and now Warners has confirmed the news. According to their press release, WW84 will be available to stream on HBO Max for one month starting December 25 (and presumably will return to HBO Max later in 2021 after the home video release window).
Warners also confirmed the movie will be released in select international theatrical markets beginning on December 16.
Director Patty Jenkins has also confirmed the news on Twitter: “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 reprieve to all of you this holiday season.”
This makes Wonder Woman 1984 one of a handful of major 2020 blockbusters to be released digitally rather than be pushed to 2021. Unlike Disney’s Mulan, which was added to Disney+ as a “Premier Access” title for an additional fee, WW84 will be available to all HBO Max subscribers at no additional cost.
This news comes as both studios and theater chains struggle with the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. WW84 has been delayed several times in 2020, along with numerous other film and TV projects. The movie was originally slated to open in theaters on November 1, 2019, before getting postponed to June 5, 2020, and then to August 14, 2020. The movie’s release then shifted to October 2, but the pandemic caused Warner Bros. to rethink their plans yet again, with an announcement in September revealing that the movie had been pushed back to Christmas Day.
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Variety previously reported Warners execs were considering the possibility of either another delay to Summer 2021 or a streaming release. However, director Patty Jenkins had remained adamant the sequel not skip theaters entirely, and this move appears to have been the best compromise for all involved.
With Wonder Woman 1984 becoming arguably the most significant movie so far to opt for a simultaneous theatrical/streaming release, it remains to be seen if other studios will follow Warners’ example.
For now, check out IGN’s review of HBO Max and learn how you can sign up for the streamer before Wonder Woman 1984 debuts in December.
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Source: IGN.com Wonder Woman 1984 Releasing in Theaters and HBO Max on Christmas Day