Wonder Woman 1984, In The Heights, Scoob Predictably Pushed Back by Warner Bros

There has been some (mostly) silly talk this week about Wonder Woman 1984 possibly being released directly to streaming. Didn’t bother posting about this because it seemed too far-fetched.

Don’t get me wrong, someday I do think the lines of the theatrical window will be tested with a tentpole movie like WW1984, but we’re not there yet. I’ll be excited and all for it, when it does happen, btw, but probably in a very small minority that feels that way.

Disney, Amazon, Apple and some others have warchests big enough to roll the dice on an experiment like that, but not Warner Bros. even though they are coming off the success of Joker and modest reception to Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey.

“When we greenlit ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ it was with every intention to be viewed on the big screen and are excited to announce that Warner Bros. Pictures will be bringing the film to theatres on Aug. 14,” Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman, said in a statement. “We hope the world will be in a safer and healthier place by then.”

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ ‘In the Heights’ Delayed Due to Coronavirus – Variety

Yeah, yeah, I know Warner Bros. are owned by AT&T, but they — nor the financers behind the film — want to see anything but a theatrical release for a tentpole film like this. And not in the midst of a pandemic.

In other words: this pushback date was fairly obvious.

With that said, there are movies testing the theatrical window, see: Universal will break theatrical window with Trolls World Tour available for same day streaming

The movie theater owners group (a different kind of NATO) seemed disappointed to say the least with Universal’s decision. They aren’t exactly “lying” as they are accused of, because there are a small number of drive-in movie theaters that are showing new movies. Trolls World Tour may not be getting a wide release as planned, but they are releasing it simultaneously in both.

FIRST LOOK: Scoob!

The younger look of Scooby Doo, Shaggy and company is something a little different than more rehashes of the classic cartoon.

Also like how this seems to focus on how the special friendship is forged between Shaggy and Scooby.

This was one of my favorite cartoons growing up. The best part was the guest stars like the Harlem Globetrotters and the mini mysteries solved by the gang. The live action movies to date haven’t captured that magic feel of the original cartoon.

“SCOOB!” reveals how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc. Now, with hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this global “dogpocalypse,” the gang discovers that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.

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Scoob official trailer

Scoob opens wide in theaters on May 15, 2020.