- The film was originally due to be released in June.
- Postponed due to coronavirus pandemic
- “I never thought I would have to hold onto deliverance for so long”: Gal
The long-overdue superhero sequel from Warner Bros. Wonder Woman 1984 It will premiere on HBO Max and in theaters simultaneously from Christmas Day in the United States, the studio announced Wednesday. The decision to launch the long-awaited film on the company’s recently released streaming platform represents a gamble for a movie that cost $ 200 million, and comes as Hollywood struggles to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It was not an easy decision and we never thought we would have to hold on to the launch for so long, but COVID shook all our worlds,” wrote star Gal Gadot on her social media accounts. She added: “You can watch it IN THEATERS (they are doing an amazing job keeping it safe) and you can also watch it on HBOMAX from your homes. I send you my love. Please stay safe and wear a mask.”
The film, which was originally scheduled to be released in June, will hit theaters in other countries a week early starting December 16.
Before the pandemic, top-grossing movies were screened only on the big screen for a 90-day period, but with theaters closed in many parts of the US, including New York and Los Angeles, distributors have been forced to. to innovate.
The move comes after Disney’s launch Mulan on Disney + in September, but unlike that launch Wonder Woman 1984 It will be offered at no additional cost to subscribers of Warner’s rival streaming platform for one month. “As we navigate these unprecedented times, we have had to be innovative to keep our businesses moving forward as we continue to serve our fans,” said Ann Sarnoff, president of Warner Media Studios and Networks.
The sequel to the 2017 $ 800 million gross Wonder Woman we will see Gal gadot reprises the lead role as one of the greatest female superheroes in the comic book universe.
Chris Pine is also returning for the sequel, which is set in the 1980s, decades after the first movie set in World War I. Patty Jenkins returns to direct.
The original Wonder Woman received top reviews for any of Warner Bros. interconnected DC Universe superhero movies, which also include the latest Superman and Batman movies.
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