The last big movie of the year still planned for a theatrical release is Wonder Woman 1984. While DC’s latest movie will still launch in theatres, it will get a simultaneous release on streaming service HBO Max on 25th December.

This has been announced by three key people at the same time: director Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot and WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar.

“THE TIME HAS COME. At some point you have to choose to share any love and joy you have to give, over everything else. We love our movie as we love our fans, so we truly hope that our film brings a little bit of joy and reprieve to all of you this holiday season,” said Jenkins.

“Watch it IN THEATERS, where it is made safe to do so (check out the great work theaters have done to make it so!) And available in the safety of your home on HBOMAX where it is not. Happy holidays to all of you. We hope you enjoy our film as much as we enjoyed making it.”

Unlike Mulan – which charged Disney Plus members an extra $30 on top of their subscription fees – Wonder Woman 1984 will be free to HBO Max subscribers. While this is great news for those who have access to the streaming service, this new DC flick will only be available in the United States.

While HBO Max is available in a few countries outside of the US, it has been announced by Kilar that only Americans will get the opportunity to legally access the movie. For the rest of us it seems that venturing into theatres remains the sole legal way to enjoy the movie, at least for now.

While that’s a bit of a shot in the gut Kilar goes on to explain why launching the movie in this was way was chosen. To this he provides for factors:

  • “The pandemic.
  • Our belief in the theatrical experience and, to that end, the importance of exhibitors.
  • Our mission to be strong and supportive partners to Patty, Gal, producer Chuck Roven and the entire Wonder Woman 1984 team.
  • And finally, the fans, which is where important decisions like this should always start and should always end.”

On top of the America only stipulation it should alos be noted that the movie will only be available on HBO Max for a month. Come 25th January your chance to watch it on that platform will go away.

Here in South Africa Wonder Woman 1984 is still planned for theatres on 25th December at the two largest chains Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro.

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