Warner Brothers has announced that the highly-anticipated sequel to Wonder Woman will premiere simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max this Christmas.
Wonder Woman 1984 was originally slated for a theatrical release this past summer, but COVID-19 forced WB to postpone the film’s theatrical release to December 25. With COVID cases still on the rise and more shutdowns looking likely, WB has opted to release the film in theaters and on their new streamer HBO Max this Christmas, rather than delaying the movie again.
The movie will be available on HBO Max for one month beginning on Christmas Day. HBO Max is available for $14.99/month.
Wonder Woman 1984 will be available in theaters where HBO Max is not available on December 16.
Said director Patty Jenkins, “The time has come. At some point you have to choose to share any love and joy you have to give, over everything else. We love our movie as we love our fans, so we truly hope that our film brings a little bit of joy and reprieve to all of you this holiday season. Watch it in theaters, where it is made safe to do so (check out the great work theaters have done to make it so!) And available in the safety of your home on HBO Max where it is not. Happy holidays to all of you. We hope you enjoy our film as much as we enjoyed making it.”
Wonder Woman 1984 will arguably be the biggest movie to premiere on a streamer this year. In a statement, WB said that they are still committed to the traditional moviegoing experience.
Disney has also announced plans to debut their forthcoming Pixar film, Soul, on Disney+ this Christmas. Unlike Mulan, Soul will be available at no additional charge.