The director of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins, has talked about how many big-budget movies are coming out on streaming services this year. This is something that many studios are doing because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Are you not seeing it?” I’m sorry, but all of the movies that streaming services are putting out look like fakes to me. The Los Angeles Times says that Jenkins, who is 50, said this at a CinemaCon panel on Tuesday.
“I haven’t heard anything about them or read anything about them.” It doesn’t work as a plan for becoming a legendary great. “I don’t think [Wonder Woman 1984] ever plays the same on streaming,” the director said next. “I hate day-and-date and hope to never have to use it again.”
Wonder Woman 1984 was supposed to come out this summer, but Warner Bros. had to put it off because of the coronavirus pandemic. On December 25, 2018, the follow-up to the 2017 movie came out in some theatres and on HBO Max.
Jenkins said at CinemaCon, “I make movies for the experience of watching them on a big screen.” She also said that while she “likes working with Netflix for TV,” she “wouldn’t make a movie or use any streaming service under those terms.”
“It’s hard to market a movie that will only be shown a few times,” the director said. Jenkins was the one who said that Wonder Woman 1984 will now come out in September 2020. She said at the time that she hoped it would be shown in theatres.
In a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, she said, “First and foremost, let me say how much Gal [Gadot] and I love all of our dedicated Wonder Woman fans all over the world, and your excitement for WW84 couldn’t make us happier or more excited for you to see the film.”
“Because I know how important it is for all of us to watch this movie together on a big screen, I hope you won’t mind waiting just a little bit longer,” the director said. “Now that we have a new plan for Christmas Day, we can’t wait to spend the holidays with you!”
Warner Bros. said that the film’s debut on a streaming service “broke records and exceeded our expectations” and that more than three times as many people watched it on HBO Max as usual on a Friday.
Andy Forssell, executive vice president and general manager of WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer, said, “It was nice to give families the option to watch this uplifting movie at home during these very hard times.”
The movie made $16.7 million in the U.S., making it the most successful opening weekend since the pandemic started. By Sunday, the movie had made $85 million around the world.
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