As most know, all things movie-related have pretty much been turned on their collective heads. The COVID pandemic has delayed many movies for months, and in some cases, over a year. Wonder Woman 1984 falls into the latter but is holding firm with its Christmas Day (yes, of 2020) big-screen debut. What came as a shocking announcement was that Wonder Woman 1984 will also be making its debut on the HBO Max streaming service that very same day. This move couldn’t please leading lady Gal Gadot more.
“IT’S TIME. We’ve all waited a long time for this one to come,” Gal Gadot’s statement reads. “I can’t tell you how excited I am for all of you to see this movie. It wasn’t an easy decision and we never thought we’d have to hold onto the release for such a long time but Covid rocked all of our worlds. We feel the movie has never been so relevant and we hope that it’ll bring some joy, hope and love to your hearts. Wonder Woman 1984 is a special one for me and I can only hope it’ll be as special to you too. We’ve put our hearts and souls into it. So… you can watch it IN THEATERS (they’re doing an amazing job keeping it safe) and you can watch it on HBOMax from your homes. Sending you my love. Please keep safe and wear a mask. Happy holidays to all of us! Let the light shine in.”
The sequel, which is being directed once again by Patty Jenkins (who also wrote the script) stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, Kristen Wiig as Cheetah/Barbara Ann Minerva, Pedro Pascal as Maxwell Lord, and somehow returning from the dead is Chris Pine as Steve Trevor.
Director Patty Jenkins had a similar reaction to Gal Gadot’s, which she also tweeted.
“THE TIME HAS COME. At some point you have to choose to share any love and joy you have to give, over everything else,” said Jenkins in her statement. “We love our movie as we love our fans, so we truly hope that our film brings a little bit of joy and reprieve to all of you this holiday season. 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 in the safety of your home on HBO MAX where it is not. Happy holidays to all of you. We hope you enjoy our film as much as we enjoyed making it.”
Nailing down a release date for Wonder Woman 1984 has been more an exercise of follow-the-bouncing-ball. It was first scheduled to be released on December 13, 2019, before Warner Bros. decided to move it up to November 1, 2019. But then the Gal Gadot movie was delayed to June 5, 2020. When COVID began to run rampant across the nation, shuttering all movie theaters, the movie was once again delayed to August 14, 2020. As the pandemic rolled along, so did the release date. It was then pushed to October 2, 2020, before Warner Bros. finally landed on Christmas Day 2020. The move to also stream it on the same day leads us to believe a big-screen Christmas release is more than firm. Of course, one would have to be in a city that actually allows movie watchers to once again become moviegoers.
Wonder Woman 1984 moving over to HBO Max wouldn’t be a first for Warner Bros. though it is by far the biggest film to do so. Earlier this year, Warner made this same pandemic move with their remake of The Witches.