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Wonder Woman 1984 Is Finally Releasing In The Theaters & HBO Max On Christmas Day

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Wonder Woman 1984 Is Finally Arriving On Christmas Day

The much-delayed Warner Bros. superhero sequel Wonder Woman 1984. The studio revealed Wednesday, would premiere on HBO Max. It would premiere in theatres simultaneously. It will release on Christmas Day In United States. The decision to release the eagerly anticipated film on the company’s own newly launched streaming platform. It is a gamble for a $200 million estimated film.  As Hollywood scrambles to respond to the pandemic of COVID-19.

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 “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,” wrote star Gal Gadot on her social media accounts. She added: “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.”

Originally expected to be released in June, the film will reach theatres in other countries a week earlier. Blockbuster movies ran for a theatrical window of 90 days only on the big screen until the pandemic. But with theatres closed in many parts of the US, including New York and Los Angeles. Distributors were forced to innovate.

Releasing In Theaters & HBO Max

Since they started to reopen across the country in late August, audiences have not returned to the theatres in large numbers. With Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which was the first big film to open in theatres after six months of being closed.

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Warner Bros. tested the waters early. But did not do pre-pandemic numbers in the U.S. where theatres were already closed in major markets such as Los Angeles and New York. Competitors have taken notice. At that point, most studios agreed to shift their biggest films to next year from the James Bond film No Time to Die to West Side Story and Black Widow. Warner Bros also submitted its next major movie, The Witches. It is directly to HBO Max, which was released earlier this year by parent company Warner Media.

While new films are released weekly in open theatres. Exhibitors are struggling and desperate for government funding and a steady stream of blockbusters to populate their screens.

The change comes after Disney launched Mulan on Disney+ in September. But unlike the launch of Wonder Woman in 1984, Warner’s rival streaming network subscribers will be given one month at no extra cost.

“As we navigate these unprecedented times, we’ve had to be innovative in keeping our businesses moving forward while continuing to super-serve our fans,” said Warner Media studios and networks chairwoman Ann Sarnoff.

Sequel Of Wonder Woman 2017

The sequel to the $800-million-grossing Wonder Woman of 2017 will see Gal Gadot reprise the title role. As one of the biggest female superheroes in the comic book universe.

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Chris Pine also returns for the sequel, which is set in the 1980s. The first movie set decades after World War I. Patty Jenkins is back directing.

Warner Media CEO Jason Killar said that in an entirely new way they would evaluate the film’s success.

A little over four million fans in the U.S. enjoyed the first Wonder Woman movie on its opening day in 2017. Is it possible for that to happen again this Christmas with Wonder Woman 1984 between theaters and HBO Max?” Killar wrote Wednesday. “We are so excited to find out, doing everything in our power to provide the power of choice to fans.”

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