‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Set to Release in Theaters & HBO Max on Christmas Day

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Set to Release in Theaters & HBO Max on Christmas Day

Warner Bros. Pictures has announced its distribution model for the upcoming and long-delayed film Wonder Woman 1984.

The movie will be released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max in the U.S. on December 25th, while debuting theatrically in international markets a week earlier starting on December 16th. The film will be available for a month on HBO Max in the U.S. included at no additional cost to subscribers. This is what Ann Sarnoff, Chair and CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, had to say about the matter:

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 U.S. where theaters are open. We realize 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.

Toby Emmerich, Chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group:

We appreciate how patient audiences have been and given the great anticipation around WONDER WOMAN 1984 we are grateful to be able to make this terrifically entertaining movie widely available in these challenging times.

The news of a potential early VOD release was first reported by The Wrap back in March and later backed up by myself. It looks like Warner Bros. Pictures’ initial distribution strategy was similar to that of Disney’s live-action Mulan, which premiered on Disney+ for a premium fee on September 4, 2020. Warners was initially discussing the idea of distributing WW84 solely on HBO Max, at an additional cost. This plan has since been scrapped in favor of the simultaneous release on Christmas.

The cast consists of Gal Gadot as the titular Wonder Woman, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig as The Cheetah, Pedro Pascal as Max Lord, Robin Wright as Antiope, and Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta. Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot, and Stephen Jones are producing, with Rebecca Steel Roven Oakley, Richard Suckle, Marianne Jenkins, Geoff Johns, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo, and Wesley Coller as executive producers. Patty Jenkins directed from a screenplay she wrote with Geoff Johns & David Callaham, story by Jenkins & Johns, based on characters from DC.

Wonder Woman 1984 will open in domestic theaters on December 25, 2020 in 2D and 3D in select theaters and IMAX, and also premiere on HBO Max in the U.S. on the same date.