Wonder Woman is a very successful franchise. The first movie was a blockbuster on the big screen. Due to the ongoing COVID Pandemic, many big titles are now to be released on w Max. The titles such as Dune, Matrix 4, and The Suicide Squad are going online. They will now premiere simultaneously on the streaming site and in US cinemas next year.
This critical move comes in response to the pandemic. But the move can also be seen as a further blow to the cinema industry.
For instance, Christopher Nolan recently told Entertainment Tonight:
“In 2021, they’ve got some of the top filmmakers in the world, they’ve got some of the biggest stars in the world who worked for years in some cases on these projects very close to their hearts that are meant to be big-screen experiences.”
Along with this, He added:
“They’re meant to be out there for the widest possible audiences. And now they’re being used as a loss-leader for the streaming service – for the fledgling streaming service – without any consultation. So, there’s a lot of controversies.”
He also added that HBO Max is “The worst streaming service.”
It can be seen that Wonder Woman 84 is the first big franchise movie that’s moving to HBO Max.
Wonder Woman Director’s Take
The Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins had the following to say:
“If you had told me a year ago that we would ever go straight to streaming in any way, shape, or form, I would have flipped out,” she admitted. “Like I’m not for that plan in general, you know, I’m very pro theatrical release and I will be that again, as soon as this is over.”
More On Jenkins
“However, this is such a crazy year. It’s such a crazy year,” Jenkins continued. “It’s like all of us are trying to figure out with our lives, how to do everything the best we can. And so I kept saying there is no good option. Like when we would talk about it, there was no good option. Wait until when. And then every movie in the world tries to come out at the same time.”
“And you know, there was no good option. I literally gasped a little bit when the pitch for this idea was said, because I was like, ‘Oh, the idea of it going into people’s homes on Christmas Day.’ I just was like, ‘That’s actually pretty incredible to get to share,’ whether it’s Christmas for people or not the holiday season and at this moment to just try to reach people however they can see it.”