After the box office failure of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” in September, Warner Bros had serious doubts about whether releasing another $ 200 million movie is a good idea. And now, three months after the Tenet fiasco, Warner Bros has been forced to make a decision about the fate of “Wonder Woman 1984” as it is scheduled for Christmas Day.
Warner Bros was between a rock and a hard place. For one thing, the film’s director, Patty Jenkins, wanted the sequel to have a blockbuster release just like the first part. The first film – with Gal Gadot playing the lead, Diana Prince – was a critical and commercial success, grossing up to $ 820 million at the box office. The sequel was expected to pass $ 1 billion.
Even so, the study was aware that the cases of coronavirus are increasing every day, which would affect the ability of people to go to the movies.
But the studio couldn’t push the release date of “Wonder Woman 1984” indefinitely. The movie was shot and completed in 2018, which seems like an eternity ago considering everything that’s happened since then. It seemed that the sequel would become obsolete if they waited until the summer or next fall, four years after the premiere of “Wonder Woman.” Even with the development of several promising vaccines, there is no guarantee that the world will return to normal in a matter of months.
“Wonder Woman 1984” would come to HBO Max
So Warner Bros found itself weighing options that would have been unthinkable when the sequel was first given the go-ahead. The producers debated at length about how to frame the premiere – a combination that would allow them to release the film in theaters but also serve as a sensation on HBO Max. In the end, they came up with a solution: the release of “Wonder Woman 1984” in theaters. Y on HBO Max, at the same time December 25.
While some losses are still expected to occur, opting for HBO Max seems to have been the best option, as they will be able to take the premiere to the movies while promoting a streaming platform that is going through a rough patch. Rival studios say WarnerMedia was going through a ‘Hamilton’ stage of envy. The company saw the success of Disney in bringing the famous Lin Manuel Miranda musical to its platform and wanted to cause a similar commotion.