Warner Bros. confirms Wonder Woman 1984 to premiere on Christmas Day. In addition, the motion pictures giant also announced that the superhero sequel will debut on the streaming service HBO Max. It will be shown the same day it will open in U.S. movie theaters.
“This is an amazing film that really comes to life on the big screen, and working with our partners in the exhibition community, we will provide that option to consumers in the U.S. where theaters are open,” said Ann Sarnoff, CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group.
“We realize that a lot of consumers can’t go back to the movies due to the pandemic, so we also want to give them the option to see Wonder Woman 1984 via our HBO Max platform.”
The movie was originally supposed to hit theaters this summer. However, it got delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Most cinemas are still closed and people are also hesitant to see a movie in theaters. Hence, experts assumed it would be postponed just like Black Widow, Fast & Furious 9, and No Time to Die.
Director Patty Jenkins, who both helmed Wonder Woman and the sequel, also addressed the news on social media.
“The time has come,” she wrote on Twitter. “At some point you have to choose to share any love and joy you have to give, over everything else. 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,” she added.
“Happy holidays to all of you. We hope you enjoy our film as much as we enjoyed making it.”
Wonder Woman 1984 Plot and Trailer
Wonder Woman was a blockbuster hit in 2017, generating more than $800 million at the global box office. As a movie featuring a female superhero, it has culturally positioned itself, becoming one of Warner Bros.’ most valuable assets.
“We appreciate how patient audiences have been and given the great anticipation around Wonder Woman 1984, we are grateful to be able to make this terrifically entertaining movie widely available in these challenging times,” said Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
The sequel picks up during the Cold War where Diana aka Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) battles two formidable foes, Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) and Cheetah (Kristen Wiig). It also sees her reuniting with her past love, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). The cast also stars Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen. Watch its official trailer below.
Wonder Woman 1984 will premiere on December 25 in theaters and on HBO Max. The film will be available on the streaming platform for a month with no additional cost to subscribers. HBO Max subscription costs $15 a month.
Internationally, where HBO Max is not available, Wonder Woman 1984 will premiere in cinemas on December 16, one week earlier.