This Christmas is now set to become special as DC blockbuster “Wonder Woman 1984” is now confirmed to arrive straight on HBO Max and in select theaters in the US on December 25. Warner Bros. also announced that, outside the US, where HBO Max is not available, the film will hit the theaters one week before, on December 16. WB has also released a new trailer (watch below) for the film.
Unlike Disney's Mulan, “Wonder Woman 1984” will stream on HBO Max for a month at no additional cost to subscribers. HBO Max costs $15 a month.
“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 THEATERS (they’re doing an amazing job keeping it safe) and you can also watch it on HBOMAX from your homes. Sending you my love. Please keep safe and wear a mask. Happy holidays to all of us!,” said Gal Gadot.
“This incredible movie will be available both ways on the exact same day. If you are fortunate to live in a place where theaters are open, we believe we are offering a great option given the Cinema Safe protocols our partners have put in place. With this, exhibitors are offering a movie-going experience with social distancing, masks, cleaning, and ventilation protocols. On the other hand, if you and your family prefer to stay in and make your own popcorn this holiday, we want to share the experience of Wonder Woman 1984 with you on the exact same day on HBO Max. It’s your decision to make,” said Jason Kilar, WarnerMedia CEO.
He continued, “We are committed to the theatrical experience and we believe giving exhibitors a movie of this nature is important right now. We believe in theaters because of hundreds of millions of fans around the world value going to the movies. And for as long as fans seek out the theatrical experience, we will be there to serve them with great movies in partnership with exhibitors. Collectively, the fans get to decide these things, as they should.
Getting back to Wonder Woman 1984, we believe this decision will bring several benefits. The first and most important benefit is to the fans in the form of unprecedented choice from day one. The second benefit is to the exhibitors, providing an eagerly anticipated movie at a much-needed time while they take precautions in their operations. Finally, we believe that our creative partners and ourselves will benefit from this decision, in the form of fan response both theatrically and via HBO Max in the U.S.”
The $200 million-budgeted movie was originally supposed to hit theaters this past summer. However, it was delayed time and time again amid the coronavirus crisis. Many were doubtful that “Wonder Woman 1984” would keep its Christmas Day release date since 50% of U.S. cinemas are closed and people are still hesitant to see a movie in theaters. We also thought that like many other blockbusters, “Wonder Woman 1984” would be postponed until 2021.
“I can't wait for the world to see this amazing woman on the screen. She'll blow your mind and warm your heart. Gal Gadot killed it in this film, and she does all that great and hard work for only the most honorable reasons. She is a true #Wonderwoman so I hope you enjoy #WW84,” said director Patty Jenkins. Remind you that Jenkins was not in full support of this as she made the film for theaters (2D and 3D), and she wanted the fans to experience this film in the best way possible.
The move to HBO Max is not entirely unexpected. Bloomberg has reported earlier that WarnerMedia was working on a plan to move the film straight to the HBO Max streaming. Last month, Anne Hathaway's movie "The Witches" was also released on HBO Max. “Wonder Woman” was a massive critical and commercial hit in 2017, generating more than $800 million at the global box office.
Below is the trailer:
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