Patty Jenkins Is Grateful for Wonder Woman 1984’s Streaming Release: “Something About It Felt So Right”
Patty Jenkins has come around to the idea of streaming Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max. If you’d asked her about the new release plan for her superhero sequel prior to the pandemic, though, it would have been a much different story.
“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,” Jenkins said in a recent interview with Jess Cagle on his SiriusXM show, joined by the film’s stars Gal Gadot, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal. “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.”
In mid-November, Warner Bros. shocked the film world by announcing Wonder Woman 1984, the sequel to Jenkins’s nearly billion-dollar 2017 blockbuster, would be available to watch on its streaming platform, HBO Max, on Christmas Day. The film was originally delayed several times, pushed back as theaters struggled to sustain themselves in the wake of COVID-19. Previously, the studio had been bullish about giving its tentpoles a theatrical release, best evidenced by its push to get Christopher Nolan’s Tenet out globally in September. But the ongoing pandemic wounded that film’s haul, and the studio has since decided to make all of its delayed films—including offerings like Dune and The Matrix 4— available to stream on HBO Max the same day they’re released in theaters next year. (Nolan is not too pleased about it.)
Jenkins, meanwhile, is throwing her support behind the choice, noting in the Sirius interview that in the midst of such a crazy year, making Wonder Woman available online was ultimately the only option.
“I kept saying there is no good option when we would talk about it. There was no good option. Wait till when? And then every movie in the world tries to come out at the same time? There was no good option,” she continued. “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.
“Something about it felt so right,” she added. “That’s actually pretty incredible, to get to share [the film]…I’m so grateful. I make films because of communion with audiences.”
However, Jenkins did add one extremely cinephilic request of future Wonder Woman 1984 viewers: “I do beg them: Pick the biggest screen they can find, please!”
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