Many industry insiders “wondered” if Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot’s sequel to Wonder Woman would stay on target with its late December theatrical release date. Many also speculated that Wonder Woman 1984 would go directly to HBO MAX or be available for rental online. It turns out that Warner Bros decided to double down and release the new film in both formats on the same day.
Wonder Woman 1984 will be available for viewing in theaters on December 25 and will also be available to HBO MAX subscribers on Christmas Day. Patty Jenkins took to twitter to share the news:
Variety is reporting that while the move will certainly result in a fraction of the box office returns of the original due to diminished theater capacity and availability due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the move will likely help boost HBO MAX’s profile and subscriber rate. Variety’s report states that “Rival studios believe that WarnerMedia, which is under pressure to make HBO Max a true rival to Netflix, had serious “Hamilton” envy. The company saw the success that Disney had skipping a theatrical release for the Lin Manuel Miranda movie musical in favor of a streaming launch last summer, and wanted to make a similar stir.”
Wonder Woman 1984’s move to HBO MAX will have Wonder Woman fans scrambling to find ways to stream the new film (since HBO MAX is currently unavailable through many streaming platforms and cable systems, although it is available on PlayStation 4 and XBOX One) creating a lot of traffic to the HBO website for specific instructions and places to see the blockbuster.
If you are already a subscribe to HBO via your cable provider, you already have free access to HBO MAX (but as stated above, you may have to do some investigation into how to stream the channel).
Stay tuned to Conskipper for an official review of Wonder Woman 1984 and everything else in the world of comics.