Diana Prince will be making her sophomore outing in two places at once. Warner Bros. has decided to give its tentpole film of the season, Wonder Woman 1984, a dual premiere on HBO Max and in select theaters, Variety reports. Well, more like whichever theaters are still open at this juncture.
Of course, the ensuing Coronavirus pandemic put the studio in a tough spot, hence the unusual release. The movie will also play in international theaters where HBO Max isn’t available.
HBO Max provides a safety net for Warner Bros. According to Variety, only 50 percent of theaters across the country are still open for business. With COVID-19 cases on the rise, folks are less inclined to sit in a movie theater, especially during the encroaching flu season. Warner Bros. was reticent to release Wonder Woman 1984 without the added support of HBO Max. The flick had a budget to the tune of $200 million, so this move comes as no surprise.
Now, Wonder Woman 1984 had a multitude of previous release dates. Initially, the highly anticipated sequel was slated for a June 5 premiere. Then, it moved to August 14. Next, October 2. Lastly, the film found a spot on December 25 and the studio moved Dune to 2021.
I think this is a prudent move on the studio’s part. While HBO Max isn’t faring as well as other streaming services like Netflix, Disney Plus and Amazon Prime, more original programming (and a massive superhero film) may drive those numbers up. I’m excited to watch Diana kick ass from the comfort of my own home.
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