With the global health crisis shutting down cinemas around the world, we’ve seen the vast majority of this summer’s blockbusters pushed back into 2021, with a sprinkling foregoing a theatrical release in favour of straight-to-VOD releases.
Just this week, Warner Bros. announced that its Scooby-Doo movie Scoob! will be skipping cinemas and debuting directly on digital platforms, leading to some speculation that the studio could adopt a similar approach for two of its other big summer offerings in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984.
However, it seems that will not be the case, as Warner executives John Stankey and Ann Sarnoff have confirmed that the studio remains committed to theatrical releases for both titles.
“We are committed to — and are excited about — releasing Tenet in theaters this summer or whenever theaters reopen. We remain supportive of the theatrical experience and our exhibition partners, and are confident that our tentpole titles, including Tenet and Wonder Woman 1984, are exactly the type of films that will have people eager to return to theaters,” said Sarnoff (via THR), with Stankey adding: “Theatrical films have always been a major part of the our ecosystem. I fully expect that as we evaluate our business going forward, we will continue to champion creative work that is worthy of the theatrical experience.”
At this point, Tenet remains scheduled to arrive on July 17th, with Wonder Woman 1984 following on August 14th. However, given the current climate, it’s surely only a matter of time before those dates are revised.
Tenet features a cast that includes John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh, while Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, and Connie Nielsen.