Director Patty Jenkins recently spoke out to reveal the “heartbreaking experience” she endured this past December when her DC Extended Universe sequel Wonder Woman 1984 was forced to release day and date in theaters and on HBO Max amid a global pandemic.
Well, it seems it’s not just the streaming model of distribution that Jenkins has disdain for, but also the content itself, with the filmmaker telling The LA Times that streaming films “look like fake movies to me.”
“Aren’t you seeing it? All of the films that streaming services are putting out, I’m sorry, they look like fake movies to me,” said Jenkins. “I don’t hear about them, I don’t read about them. It’s not working as a model for establishing legendary greatness.”
While it’s certainly true that in the early days of streaming, many ‘original’ streaming movies (including ones dumped by studios) weren’t anywhere up to the standard of theatrical releases, the past few years have seen an array of A-list talent heading to the streaming arena both in front of and behind the camera as the various subscription services ploughed billions into their content libraries.
So, is Jenkins calling the likes of The Irishman, Roma, Mank, Uncut Gems, Marriage Story, Okja, Da 5 Bloods et al “fake movies”? Or should she really do some reading about these streaming service films, and maybe even watch a few, so she can make an informed opinion next time she weighs in on the subject? Let us know on our social channels @flickeringmyth…
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.