How hard was it for Patty Jenkins to accept that Wonder Woman 1984 would debut in homes and theaters at the same time? It was a mixed reaction.
When you work on any film, you want it to be seen on the big screen. But when you’re in the middle of a global pandemic, tough choices have to be made. And that is exactly where Jenkins found herself.
Speaking with Jess Cagle on the SiriusXM Stars channel, Jenkins opened up about how the release to HBO Max came about.
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, you know, I’m, I’m, 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. It’s such a crazy year. It’s like 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. And you know, there was no good option. 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.
Jenkins went on to add, “I just was like, you know what, that’s actually pretty incredible to get to share whether, you know, it’s Christmas for people or not the holiday season and in this moment to just try to reach people however they can see it.”
The full interview will be released next week on SiriusXM.
Wonder Woman 1984 will release in theaters and on HBO Max in the U.S. on Dec. 25. Select international locations will see the film released on Dec. 16.