While Wonder Woman 1984 will be released in international theatres on December 16, the Patty Jenkins directorial will also be made available to the subscribers of the online streaming service providing a platform of HBO, HBO Max free of charge for its first month.
Wonder Woman 1984 is not going to skip the theatres or moving to the year 2021, but it is altering course.
The last big blockbuster holdout of the year 2020 is still opening in United States theatres on Christmas Day but Warner Bros said on Wednesday, that it will also be made available to the subscribers of the streaming platform, HBO Max free of charge for its first month.
The movie will also be making its debut in the international theatres on December 16. Ann Sarnoff, Chair and CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, said in a statement that as they navigate these unprecedented times, they have had to be innovative in keeping their businesses moving forward while continuing to super-serve their fans.
Wonder Woman 1984 Is Coming To Theatre And HBO Max Simultaneously! Know When
The news was also shared by Gal Gadot on her social media accounts after the first month for free on the streaming platform, HBO Max, Wonder Woman 1984 will be playing in the theatres for an additional few weeks before even being made available for rental on-demand.
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) November 19, 2020
It is an unprecedented strategy for a film of this big size, but a sign of the extraordinary measures that many Hollywood studios have had to resort to in the coronavirus era.
Most major films that had been set for this year have either delayed theatrical releases until the year 2021 or sent them to major streaming platforms for a premium rental price, as the Walt Disney Co did with its Mulan.
Audiences have not been going back to the theatres in really significant numbers since they began to reopen across the country in the month of August.
Warner Bros tested the waters early with Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which was the very first big movie to open in theatres after six months of being closed, but it did not do pre-pandemic numbers in the United States, where the theatres were still closed in major markets like New York and Los Angeles.
Competitors took note of it and most studios decided at that point to push their biggest films, from Black Widow and the James Bond film No Time to Die to West Side Story to next year. Warner Bros also sent its next big movie titled, The Witches straight to HBO Max, which Warner Media, the parent company launched earlier this year.