“Wonder Woman 1984” is set to hit movie theaters and HBO Max on the same day. This Warner Bros superhero sequel has not taken back its plans to launch in the United States on Christmas Day.
Because HBO Max is not internationally available in some places, “Wonder Woman 1984” will be taking to theaters. However, the release date for movie theaters is still unknown.
In recent months, Warner Bros continued to move the action-adventure movie, led by Gal Gadot, multiple times. Many people are still hesitant to go to a public movie theater while many don’t even have a choice thanks to the fact that 50% of United States theaters are still out of operation.
In places like New York and Los Angeles, where film is a massive money-maker, movie sales have plummeted. Warner Bros came to the decision that it would be a huge risk to open a $200 million-budgeted movie during a widespread pandemic.
Many are calling 2020 a “wash for movie theater exhibitors.” As “Wonder Woman 1984” was the last glimpse of hope for moviegoers to enjoy, it seems as though the calendar should be closed until 2021.
The pushback of this movie follows some other major films, including “Soul” from Pixar, which was given to Disney Plus, “Dune,” the Denis Villeneuve adaptation, “No Time To Die,” the long-awaited Bond sequel, and “Black Widow,” the even longer-awaited Marvel comic book adaptation.
The studio already took a major hit earlier this year when it released Christopher Nolan’s latest sci-fi smash hit, “Tent.” The movie, similar to “Wonder Woman 1984,” cost around $200 million to make. It was released back in September and was the first major movie to hit the big screen since the pandemic first unfolded.
Instead of racking in millions of dollars and acting as the catalyst for a full-scale theater return like Warner Bros had hoped, it only conjured up peas in ticket sales compared to movies of the like in the past. Due to its poor performance in North America, movie studios throughout the world have become hesitant to release any high-profile movies.
Even though “Tenet” did surprisingly well internationally, the company still expects it to lose millions of dollars by the end of its run.
In 2017, “Wonder Woman” generated more than $800 million around the world. It became a huge symbol of cultural importance as one of the first true comic book movies to center around a female lead. For Warner Bros, the movie became one of the best in a long time.
Since the start of the pandemic, the sequel to “Wonder Woman” has been pushed back a number of times. The original release date was set for July 5 before the start of the pandemic. It was then pushed to August 14th, October 2nd, and finally, December 25th for international release.