So, Wonder Woman 1984 will not be streaming on HBO Max. Warner Bros. and the producers of the film don’t seem to want that to happen. Even director Patti Jenkins shares that opinion.
Behind the scenes, it seems that certain deals were made prior to the COVID-19 outbreak with the theater chains. That happens with any movie. No one involved could have anticipated the pandemic when they were drafting these contracts. So Warner Bros. might be obligated to have Wonder Woman 1984 exhibited in theaters.
The studio and the filmmakers are on the same page. I also get the sense that a lot of fans feel the same way. The attitude that the film was meant to be shown on the big screen seems to be the prevailing theme in this discussion. I get that, I really do. Going to see a movie in theaters is just about my favorite thing to do. The problem is that there is a pandemic out and it’s not really safe right now. Some theater chains remain closed, and a lot of people simply don’t want to attend movie showings, concerts, or athletic events. People are scared and they have good reason.
Now, Wonder Woman 1984 is not the only film to be released in theaters during this pandemic. The numbers have been abysmal, to say the least. Disney’s Mulan didn’t do so great either when it was released VOD on Disney+. A lot of folks didn’t like the additional fee of $29.99. Unless you’re going by yourself and only pay admission, you’re going spend about that much anyway. The last time I went to a movie it cost about forty dollars. Maybe, in theory, HBO Max could release Wonder Woman 1984 at a lower price point. That might be nice.
Alright, it’s clearly not a great time to go to the movies right now. Sure some fans will go anyway, but I feel like Warner Bros. and the other studios should release their movies on streaming services or on Blu-Ray. Maybe come down a bit on the price. Make whatever deals to release them after we have gotten COVID-19 under control. Fans will go see Wonder Woman 1984 on the big screen even if they’ve seen it streaming. Trust me. Studios shouldn’t endanger the public when those releases don’t come close to breaking even.