Warner Bros. execs are reportedly reconsidering release plans for Wonder Woman 1984.
According to Variety, sources with insider knowledge have claimed that the studio is debating whether to delay WW84 to the summer of 2021 or theatrically release the Patty Jenkins sequel on December 25, as planned, before making it available to stream on HBO Max in January. Bloomberg reported on the streaming option, saying “WarnerMedia is in the final stages of deliberations over the fate of the movie.”
Throughout all of the changes, it has been made repeatedly clear that Wonder Woman 1984 would not skip its theatrical release altogether, with Jenkins reaffirming this decision after the latest scheduling shift, saying, “I know how important it is to bring this movie to you on a big screen when all of us can share the experience together, [so] I’m hopeful you won’t mind waiting just a little bit longer.”
Studios have been looking at alternative ways of releasing major blockbusters during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but the most popular strategy appears to be delaying releases in the hopes of the theatrical experience improving. Disney, however, took a slightly different approach with one of its most anticipated blockbusters, Mulan, which released on Disney+ with an additional $30 price tag.
Wonder Woman 1984 was originally slated to open in theaters on November 1, 2019, before getting postponed to June 5, 2020, and then to August 14, 2020. As time moved on this year, the movie’s release shifted to October 2, but the pandemic caused Warner Bros. to rethink their plans yet again, with an announcement in September revealing that the movie had been pushed back to Christmas Day.
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