Wonder Woman 1984 Director Patty Jenkins On Warner Bros Dual Release Strategy

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Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins has weighed in on the same day release of the film to theatres and on streaming.

In a SiriusXM Town Hall interview, the director said:

“If you had told me a year ago that we would ever go straight to streaming in any way, shape or form, I would have flipped out. Like I’m not for that plan in general, I’m very pro theatrical release and I will be that again, as soon as this is over; however, this is such a crazy year. All of us are trying to figure out with our lives, how to do everything the best we can. And so I kept saying there is no good option. Like when we would talk about it, there was no good option. Wait until when? And then every movie in the world tries to come out at the same time. There was no good option.”

Jenkins said she hopes that the film provides an escape for people after the rough year that was 2020.

“I literally gasped a little bit when the pitch for this idea was said, because I was like, ‘Oh, the idea of it going into people’s homes on Christmas day.’ And even I am thirsty to see the tone of it now, like I just want to escape. I want to watch a movie that just takes me away a little bit. Something about (the plan) felt so, right. That I just was like that’s actually pretty incredible to get to share the holiday season and in this moment to just try to reach people however they can see it. I’m so grateful. I make films because of communion with audiences. That’s the point and this is it on such a heightened level.”

Wonder Woman 1984 will be released on Christmas Day in theatres and on HBO Max.

Bec Heim