It looks like WarnerMedia has finally made a final decision concerning the release of Wonder Woman 1984 as they’ll both release on HBO Max (no extra charge for some reason) and theatrically on December 25th.
It’s worth noting that the original video this image was from captured from on YouTube has since been switched to private.
To me, this sounds like Warner Bros. giving up on a return from the film and looking to instead bolster subscriptions to HBO Max. However, it’s possible that this video has been set to private because the studio hasn’t decided on what they’re doing or that HBO Max addition isn’t even happening.
UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter is backing up the HBO Max tidbit.
My concern is that December is expected to look even worse than November when it comes to the pandemic (less likely to turn any sort of profit via box office sales) and not charging an extra fee on HBO Max is essentially giving away a $200 million blockbuster, which sounds like an insane business tactic.
Warner Bros. releasing Tenet back on September 3rd in U.S. and August 26th in Canada led to extremely poor domestic turnout and it’ll be shocking if the $200+ million budgeted action film ends up making the a profit when the dust settles as it’s only managed to earn $353.7 million worldwide with only $56.3 million coming from domestic box office.
WONDER WOMAN 1984 – Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah. With director Patty Jenkins back at the helm and Gal Gadot returning in the title role, “Wonder Woman 1984” is Warner Bros. Pictures’ follow up to the DC Super Hero’s first outing, 2017’s record-breaking “Wonder Woman,” which took in $822 million at the worldwide box office. The film also stars Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig as The Cheetah, Pedro Pascal as Max Lord, Robin Wright as Antiope, and Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta.
SOURCE: WARNER BROS.