Wonder Woman 1984 To Release On HBO Max One Week After Theaters: Report
Wonder Woman 1984 could be heading to HBO Max. Warner Bros. is reportedly in the “final stages” of discussions about what to do with the Wonder Woman sequel that is currently scheduled for a theatrical release on Christmas Day. With cinemas closing again in the US (due to a lack of blockbuster movies) and most of Western Europe (due to a second lockdown), Warner Bros. doesn’t think it’s worth risking putting Wonder Woman 1984, as she did with Tenet. at the insistence of Christopher Nolan.
The study is said to be pondering two possibilities. One, delay Wonder Woman 1984 to June or July 2021, where Warner Bros. will make room for it by pushing The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (June 4, 2021) or Space Jam: A New Legacy (July 16, 2021) directed by LeBron James. Or two, premiering it in theaters around the world on Christmas Day, followed by a launch on the HBO Max streaming service, operated by WarnerMedia, the parent company of Warner Bros., a week or two later.
This is not the first time that a quick launch option has been raised at home, but previously it was about pay-per-view and not streaming. Bloomberg reports that the HBO Max Ruta is “gaining support,” according to people familiar with the matter.
Even some theaters are in favor of this because Warner Bros. will pay them to shorten the theatrical window, similar to how Universal photos agreed to a 17-day theatrical window with AMC Theaters, America’s largest network, in exchange for a share of the pay-per-view proceeds. Theaters are getting closer to bankruptcy and a delay in the summer of 2021 for Wonder Woman 1984 will mean that even more screens will have to re-close in the Western Hemisphere.
In addition, this also helps the fledgling streaming service HBO Max, which is looking for new content of interest to attract subscribers, with the aim of addressing the likes of Netflix and Disney +. HBO Max has already spent tens of millions on a four-hour version of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and Wonder Woman 1984 would be an even bigger addition, surpassing Hamilton and Mulan for Disney +.
Of course, since HBO Max is limited to the US, it’s unclear how this approach would work for everyone else interested in watching Wonder Woman 1984 at home, including those of us in India, the UK, Australia. and other countries.