Patty Jenkins’ director “Wonder Woman 1984” didn’t expect the film to be released on the streaming platform for the first time. The film was released several times as a result of Covid-19 and has now become premiered at HBO Max and at select film theaters on December 25. The theater release date has been delayed several times. There was a mistake (Like CNN, HBO Max is part of WarnerMedia).
Last week, Warner Bros. announced it would offer HBO Max subscribers an additional fee for the entire 2021 studio’s films. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Tuesday, “Tenet” Director Christopher Nolan who has a long history of working with Warner Bros. criticized this move.
“Some of our country’s major filmmakers and most essential movie stars went to bed the night before thinking they were working for the greatest movie studio and woke to find out they were working for the worst streaming service,” said Nolan.
Jenkins told CNN on an interview Tuesday afternoon “I agree with Chris. I don’t think it’s great for the future of filmmaking when Covid has passed,” “However, our film was different Wonder Woman 1984.
It was presented in a very different way, which is that we are at the height of the pandemic right now and people are really suffering and struggling and the choices are to sit on our film and wait or to release it.”
She said she wished the film could be viewed by more audiences in a theater, but she was glad that it was finally released.
“In this case, at this moment in time only, I really was excited about this idea,” Jenkins explained. “The most important reason why I am a filmmaker is that I am trying to share human experiences and share something with others.
Yes, in theaters, I loved it, but I’m so moved and so touched this year that it will be in people’s houses when they can’t go to theaters and still happen where they can.
Something marvelous is saying that now is the time, regardless of all those other things, to release the film. I’m with Chris, I’m going to go back to being a partner in the theatrical business.