Warner Brothers announced that Wonder Woman 1984 will get a simultaneous release in theaters and on HBO Max later this year. The film, already subject to several delays due to uncertainty in regards to the movie-going experience during a global pandemic, is planting its flag on Christmas Day. While Warner Brothers want to offer the film in theaters, it now has a major tentpole during the holiday season to drive new viewers to its new streaming service, HBO Max. Wonder Woman 1984's streaming release marks the biggest title to be shifted to a platform as the 2021 box office schedule continues to get more crowded. With massive titles that were originally dated for 2020 now slotted for 2021, Wonder Woman 1984 will get some time to stand alone.
Director Patty Jenkins spoke out about the move, expressing immense gratitude that the movie will finally be available. While it's not ideal, Jenkins recognizes the importance of releasing Wonder Woman 1984 to fans across the world.
"THE TIME HAS COME. At some point you have to choose to share any love and joy you have to give, over everything else," Jenkins' wrote. "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. 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."
Actor Gal Gadot chimed in with a similar sentiment. Echoing Jenkins' own statement, Gadot stated she's happy that fans will finally get the chance to watch the sequel to Wonder Woman.
"IT'S TIME. We've all waited a long time for this one to come," wrote Gadot. "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 watch it on HBOMax from your homes. Sending you my love. Please keep safe and wear a mask. Happy holidays to all of us! Let the light shine in."
This move comes as Wonder Woman 1984 is the last big title to have a release date in 2020. No Time to Die, a scheduled November release, packed its bags and headed to April 2021 earlier in October. As a result of all of these movies moving their dates, theaters are choosing to close their doors once again. Regal Theaters locations around the United States have recently closed their doors as a result of not being able to sell tickets to box office draws, along with their parent company Cineworld's theaters in the United Kingdom. Theaters reopened in August and Tenet was the first big title to make its way out but the box office return for the well-reviewed and the highly-discussed film was lackluster, especially by comparison to what it would have made if it released under normal circumstances in July as it was originally planning.
In the meantime, fans will continue to be treated to new looks at the Golden Armor that Gal Gadot's Diana Prince wears in Wonder Woman 1984. The amount of photos of the look at the DC Comics heroine in her new digs has become a talking point on social media as fans try to hold on to their excitement and the studio tries to keep the film in the conversation of what's coming soon.
"You call it the Golden Eagle Armor, but actually I just call it the Golden Armor," WW84 costume designer Lindy Hemming told ComicBook.com earlier this year. "It's the most powerful protection armor that was worn by her mother originally and somehow or other in the story, which I don't want to sort of give away, it ends up being with [Diana] in Washington. And so when she's really threatened by everything she resorts to wearing the Golden Armor, and that was a fabulous challenge to design it because when I inherited Wonder Woman, the first one, obviously Michael Wilkinson had already worked and done a design for Wonder Woman's armor, from the cut what she looks like in the comic. So, I had to inherit and modify that."12comments
Here's Wonder Woman 1984's synopsis: "In 1984, during the Cold War, Diana comes into conflict with two formidable foes—media businessman Maxwell Lord and friend-turned-enemy Barbara Minerva / Cheetah, while reuniting with her love interest Steve Trevor."
Wonder Woman 1984 will be available in theaters and on HBO Max on December 25.