For months, we’ve been wondering just what Warner Bros. had planned for the release of WONDER WOMAN 1984; the Patty Jenkins film was one of the few remaining blockbusters still slated to hit theaters this year, and many were assuming that the studio would be delaying the film or even dropping it on the HBO Max streaming service. Well, it turns out that WONDER WOMAN 1984 is still slated to hit theaters on December 25, 2020, but it will also launch on HBO Max on the same day! Patty Jenkins confirmed the news on Twitter, saying “Watch it in theaters, where it is made safe to do so (check out the great work theaters have done to make it so!) And available safety in your home home on HBO Max where it is not. Happy holidays to all of you. We hope you enjoy our film as much as we did making it.“
The WONDER WOMAN sequel has certainly experienced its fair share of release date changes over the past year. It was once slated to hit theaters on December 13, 2019, before Warner Bros. actually being bumped it up to November 1, 2019 and then delayed it to June 5, 2020. As we know, COVID-19 came calling and closed theaters across the globe, forcing Warner Bros. to first push the film back to August 14th, then to October 2nd, and finally to December 25th. With so many delays, you can understand why Warner Bros. would just want to get the film out there, and with a simultaneous theatrical/streaming launch, those who feel comfortable going to the theater will be able to do so and everyone else will be able to watch from the comfort of their own homes. Where HBO Max is not available internationally, WONDER WOMAN 1984 will play in theaters, but sources have hinted that the international release date could change.
Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff told Variety last month that they were still committed to seeing WONDER WOMAN 1984 in theaters on Christmas Day, but that they had been watching conditions in the U.S. very closely before they made their final call. “It really is about how the U.S. continues to open, and whether there are any other surges,” Sarnoff said. “We’ve got a little bit of time to figure that out.” WONDER WOMAN 1984 will be bringing the action into the 1980s and find Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) facing off against Max Lord (Pedro Pascal) and The Cheetah (Kristen Wiig). Will you be checking WONDER WOMAN 1984 in theaters or on HBO Max?