The long road to Wonder Woman 1984 being released is finally at an end and in true 2020 form, it's not the traditional release we were expecting. Confirming the long-held rumour that Warner Bros were considering an HBO Max launch, the highly-anticipated sequel will hit cinemas and HBO Max (in the US) on Christmas Day (December 25).
In a statement from Warner Bros' Ann Sarnoff, the studio confirmed what the plan was for the US release.
"As we navigate these unprecedented times, we’ve had to be innovative in keeping our businesses moving forward while continuing to super-serve our fans. 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 US where theatres are open. We realise 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."
Warner Bros were the only studio to release a tentpole movie over the summer with Christopher Nolan's Tenet. Naturally, a hugely expensive film like Tenet grossing a current total of $353 million worldwide isn't great news. The benchmark for success during a pandemic where barely 50% of cinemas are open is very different from the usual release. Be that as it may, Tenet has yet to break even at the box office, and that's not something studios want to turn into a habit.
The international release of Wonder Woman 1984 remains unclear, at the time of writing the sequel is set to arrive in the UK on December 16. However, the UK is halfway through its second national lockdown, which is due to end of December 2nd, but there are no certainties that cinemas will be able to open. It seems like a safe bet that Wonder Woman will follow films like The Witches, and Disney's Mulan and be available for premium VOD in the UK before the end of the year.
We'll see Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman back on HBO Max sometime next year in the long-awaited Zack Snyder cut of Justice League. The epic four-hour version of the superhero team-up will be divided into four one hour episodes, as well as a potential supercut.