As the coronavirus pandemic marches on, fans have wondered if Wonder Woman 1984 may just finally end up on VOD, but that does not seem to be in the cards.
Movie theaters keep pushing back their reopening dates, and film releases seem to be in a game of “who will blink first” at the moment. With major tentpole films on hold, fans are anxious for new content, and some are advocating for VOD releases. The studios, however, don’t seem to be too eager to go this route.
Speaking with analysts and investors on Thursday, AT&T – the company that owns Warner Bros. – CEO John Stankey addressed the topic of VOD for films on the schedule saying, “There is no question the longer this goes on, there is going to be some content” that is better served with a different distribution arrangement. “I love the fact that we have that option now.”
While that may work for a movie such as Scoob!, however, he doesn’t see it happening for Wonder Woman 1984 saying, “I would be very surprised if that was the case.” He went on to add in regards to Tenet, “that’s not going to be the case.”
It currently appears that Tenet will go into some form of staggered release as a universal release appears to be impossible. There are no details on that as of yet, and no word if that may also be applied to Wonder Woman 1984.
AMC Theaters, Regal Cinemas, and Cinemark have all announced that they will delay their reopenings following the latest schedule change for Tenet. No firm reopening dates have been announced since this move.
Wonder Woman 1984 is currently scheduled to hit theaters on Oct. 2.