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It was about time. Wonder Woman 1984, the eagerly awaited sequel to the 2017 blockbuster Wonder Woman which grossed over 800 million dollars worldwide, has finally got a release and distribution date. The movie will debut on 25th December, Christmas Day, in cinemas in the US and in streaming on the channel HBO Max.
The film directed by Patty Jenkins (which has been ready since 2018) will actually come out nine days earlier – on 16th December – in cinemas in Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, the United Kingdom and Portugal, but there is no doubt that greatest impact on box office earnings will be from cinema-goers and home viewing in the United States.
In terms of plot, this new superhero movie (produced by Warner Bros set in the middle of the 1980s and the Cold War) sees Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) face up to some terrible new enemies: Max Lord (Pedro Pascal) and The Cheetah (a puma-woman played by Kristen Wiig). The cast also includes Chris Pine in the role of Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as Antiope and Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta.
The star of the movie Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins spoke up on social media once the news came out that the release date would be Christmas Day: “The moment has arrived. We love Wonder Woman 1984 as we love our fans and we hope it brings hem joy and reprieve”. The movie, incidentally is 151 minutes long.
But it is not just about artistic but also financial considerations: the first Wonder Woman grossed 832 million all told. The most optimistic forecasts predict the 2020 sequel could easily earn a billion dollars; but then along came Covid-19 and the movie release date began to slide: first June, then August, then October. A complicated situation. The studios could wait no longer, so that is how they decided on the date of 25th December.
From this point of view Wonder Woman 1984 is opening the way for a revolutionary approach to movie media (simultaneous release in cinemas and in screening) and will be more courageous than some other colossals like No Time To Die (the new episode in the James Bond franchise), Black Widow, Soul and Fast & Furious 9, all postponed to 2021 with release dates as yet to be decided.
The fact that HBO Max belongs to the parent company Warner Media certainly facilitated the decision to use this mixed approach of cinema release and home streaming. Which in the eyes of marketing experts makes this new offering from Jenkins an ace up the sleeve that gives HBO Max a serious edge on Netflix.