We’ve been spoiled with a ton of news concerning future superhero blockbusters at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this past week, but some interesting titbits have emerged during a luncheon chat with Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins about the release strategy for her pandemic-delayed 2020 sequel, which she called “the best choice in a bunch of bad choices at the moment.”
When Jenkins was asked about the decision to release Wonder Woman 1984 theatrically and day-and-date on HBO Max, she revealed that it was a “heartbreaking experience”, adding that it was “detrimental to the movie” because “I don’t think it plays the same on streaming, ever.”
The soundbites didn’t stop there, with Jenkins adding “I’m not a fan of day-and-date and I hope to avoid it forever” and “I make movies for the big-screen experience.”
Wonder Woman 1984 was the first film to be released day-and-date in cinemas and on Warners’ HBO Max streaming service over the Christmas 2020 weekend. This was at a time when the majority of theatres were closed, and the box-office behemoths of New York City and Los Angeles were shut altogether.
The movie ended up making $46.5M at the North American box-office, and $166.5M worldwide. Comparisons are a little unfair considering the pandemic related caveats, but the original grossed a whopping $822.8M global.
Jenkins is currently working on Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, but despite the lukewarm reception given to Wonder Woman 1984 “will return to conclude the long-planned theatrical trilogy” for DC’s Diana Prince.
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Wonder Woman 1984 reunites Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins with stars Gal Gadot (Diana Prince), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta) and Robin Wright (General Antiope), along with new additions Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters) as Barbara Ann Minerva/Cheetah, and Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) as Maxwell Lord.