Wonder Woman 1984 could be directed to HBO Max. Warner Bros. is reportedly in the “final stages” of discussions about what to do with the Wonder Woman sequel, which is currently slated to hit theaters on Christmas Day. With cinemas closing again in the US (due to the lack of blockbuster films) and most parts of Western Europe (due to a second lockdown), Warner Bros. doesn’t think it’s worth watching Wonder Woman 1984 like Tenet did to be launched at the insistence of Christopher Nolan.
The studio should think about two options. First, move Wonder Woman 1984 to either June or July 2021, where Warner Bros. will make room for it by doing The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (June 4, 2021) or LeBron James-led Space Jam: A New Legacy (July 16, 2021). Or two, premiering in cinemas worldwide on Christmas Day, followed by a release of the streaming service HBO Max – operated by WarnerMedia, the parent company of Warner Bros. – a week or two later.
This isn’t the first time a quick-to-home release option has been introduced, but before that it was all about pay-per-view rather than streaming. Bloomberg reports that the HBO Max route “is gaining support” according to people familiar with the matter.
Even some theaters are in favor because Warner Bros. will pay them to shorten the movie window, much like Universal Pictures agreed a 17-day movie theater with AMC Theaters, America’s largest chain, to cut the pay. Per-view result. Cinemas are getting closer and closer to bankruptcy and a delay in Wonder Woman 1984 in the summer of 2021 will mean more screens in the Western Hemisphere will have to close again.
What’s more, this is also helping the fledgling streaming service HBO Max, which is looking for new Buzzworthy content to attract subscribers and hold its own against Netflix and Disney +. HBO Max has already spent tens of millions on a four-hour version of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and Wonder Woman 1984 would be an even bigger addition that excels Hamilton and Mulan for Disney +.
Of course, given that HBO Max is limited to the US, it’s unclear how this approach would work for everyone else who wants to watch Wonder Woman at home in 1984, including those of us in India, the UK, Australia, and other countries.
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