Of Course AMC Will Screen Wonder Woman 1984 in Theaters

When we saw the announcement that WarnerMedia chose to release Wonder Woman 1984 in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously in the United States, we expected to see that the big theater chains would show it. They’d be crazy not to.

#1 AMC has confirmed as much within 24 hours of the announcement.

AMC Entertainment said in a statement attributed to president and CEO Adam Aron that it “will show this eagerly awaited movie on our big screens all across our global network.”

AMC Responds to ‘Wonder Woman 2’ Streaming Move: ‘Atypical Circumstances’ Call For ‘Atypical Windows’

Regal #2 theaters are still closed all over the United States. Will they reopen in time for Wonder Woman? Unknown. We haven’t seen any quotes about how they will handle WW1984 in their theaters. They were strongly against day and date releases for streaming. They like the legacy theatrical window.

Cinemark #3 in most number of studios also hasn’t weighed in yet. Again, they would be foolish not to screen WW1984.

Either way, moviegoers will get to see this movie — if they want — before the end of 2020. In a year when new movies intended for theaters are rampantly being delayed or sold to streaming, this is a good thing.

Wonder Woman 1984 will be released at HBO Max and Theaters Simultaneously on December 25 – Where will you watch?

A bonus additional post today for this major movie news: WarnerMedia has announced they will be releasing Wonder Woman 1984 to HBO Max on the same day it’s released in theaters December 25, 2020.

International theatrical markets will get to see this nearly 10 days early.

“Wonder Woman 1984,” Warner Bros.’ sequel to the popular 2017 superhero film “Wonder Woman,” is going to HBO Max, the studio announced on Wednesday. The film will be released simultaneously in theaters and on the streaming service in the United States on December 25. It will debut in international markets on December 16.

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is heading to HBO Max – CNN

HBO Max subscribers will be able to watch the movie for a month before it leaves the service. It will continue to play in whatever theaters are open and then go the VOD/PVOD route and, presumably, return to HBO Max and/or other streaming channels at a later date.

The next question becomes what theaters will this show in the United States? All theaters are closed in our area until December 14 when hopefully they’ll reopen. AMC and Cinemark, will they show a day and date release? I’m guessing that they will, but the CNN article is vague on those details.

This is an unprecedented move. A day and date release for a tentpole Warner Bros. movie domestically. Sure, the international market is getting a week plus head start, but this is a very curious move. We no longer have to see and hear speculation on what they are going to do with WW1984.

This will be an interesting test — at least in the current movie climate — to see how many moviegoers watch it on the big screen when they can see it on HBO Max. Will streaming viewing cannibalize theatrical viewing? In places where no theaters are open, of course it will, but this is a movie that screams to be seen on the big screen.

Will you be going to see this in the theater or watching it for the first time on HBO Max? If we can see it in a theater nearby, we will. If not, we’ll be watching it on HBO Max. What about you?

Wonder Woman 1984 Delayed Again Until Christmas Day 2020, Dune still December 18

There have been rumblings about this all week long, primarily due to Tenet not doing as well as hoped in the few theaters that reopened (see: Wait, Tenet did $10 million, not $20 million, now Wonder Woman 1984 could be delayed again?), but Warner Bros. has made another WW1984 delay official.

’Wonder Woman 1984 is vacating its October 2 release date, with the Patty Jenkins-directed movie heading to Christmas. Warners is keeping the Legendary sci-fi movie Dune on the calendar for a December 18 release, and believes the holiday marketplace is big enough for two mega-tentpoles.

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Flying To Christmas Release, One Week After ‘Dune’ – Deadline

Hopefully this doesn’t start a deluge of articles about how the movie theater industry is doomed. We wore that tape out months ago. The theaters are not en masse going out of business because Wonder Woman 1984 — or any single movie title — is delayed.

Tenet in part hasn’t done well because there just aren’t enough theaters open in areas for people to see it. Overseas it’s doing decent numbers. If there were more theaters open in the states, it would have more sales. I’m not apologizing for Tenet, am not that big a fan of Nolan’s newest film, but it’s the best new movie to see in theaters available right now.

Panic after one or two weeks box office performance is the new norm. This was happening before the pandemic. Any movie with a decent sized budget seems to be subject to unrealistic opening week box office sales scrutiny. The “it’s underperforming, it’s a bomb!” stuff seem to make some movies circle the drain even faster. Moviegoers don’t want to go see a movie that others aren’t paying to see.

Tenet is no Joker, not a billion dollar movie with massive legs, even without the ugly spectre of COVID-19. Probably was a $300-500 million level movie, which on a budget of $200+ million means it might have come close to breaking even or just losing a little money (crazy, isn’t it?). If it has enough time in theaters unchallenged, it could make a little more.

At least that is what Warner Bros. seems to think will happen. Hence delaying Wonder Woman to give Tenet more time. It just needs more time.

Give Tenet more time out there without competing against another blockbuster from the same studio for the scant few United States moviegoers that exist. We saw Tenet in IMAX already and, while we recommended others see it (when and if it’s safe to do so), we’re not planning on seeing it a second time. How many don’t feel safe, are waiting for the 90 day theatrical window to work its way to HBO Max? Maybe more than we think.

We all know the pandemic is the real culprit here. Pass the blame hat around, but it belongs on that one big head.

It shut down businesses and without enough theaters reopened, studios will keep delaying titles and/or trickling out the lower budget, lower risk new movies. Our one lone Regal Cinema theater 30 miles south is now only showing one classic movie, Black Panther, a response to the death of Chawick Boseman (see: Most Liked Tweet Ever – 7.1+ million likes – is Chadwick Boseman Death Announcement).

All other movie releases are the half dozen or so new movies we’ve already seen (except for the newest one this week, which we’re watching tonight). See the image to the right. It’s a case of: seen it, seen it, seen it, etc. None of those movies to us are worth seeing a second time. Some aren’t even worth seeing the first time in theaters.

Solutions in the meantime?

Regal needs to get with the program and bring back more $5 classics. It’s like they were there and then a week later gone. Keep them going. Rotate out more and more classics. Do we need 15+ screenings of Tenet every day, seriously? Maybe that’s the only movie making any money for them, hence why they have so many screenings. They might also be trying desperately to ring the cash register for the studio, so they won’t do what they just did (delay another big movie). Theaters need a variety of movies to get butts in the seats. I’ve said this before: would rather have 15 movies showing a couple screenings a day each than a half dozen movies showing with a bunch of screenings.

Back to Wonder Woman 1984. Bummed out on this news, yes I am. This was my most anticipated movie to see this year and now have to wait another three plus months? I understand why the move was made, but don’t have to like it.

They left Dune in place in December, but they will probably delay that somewhere into 2021 like studios have delayed so many other movies.

What will Disney do next? Delay Black Widow or run with it in November?

Assuming the major market theaters reopen within the next 30-45 days — and that is by no means a guarantee — Black Widow will keep its current release date of November 6. October has a decent number of movies being released, but the Wonder Woman move could cause a shift of other titles moving around in the next week or two, including Black Widow.

These are very tough times for the movie theater business, no doubt, and they’ll likely get worse, but let’s not make any funeral plans.

Tenet Delayed 2 Weeks, Wonder Woman pushed back to October 2

Call it coronavirus cold feet, a wise business decision or (insert emotion), but the studios have now pushed back both Tenet and Wonder Woman 1984.

The Warner Bros. film, which stars Robert Pattinson and John David Washington, was initially slated for July 17 and will now debut in cinemas on July 31. On the date that “Tenet” was expected to open, theaters will re-release one of Nolan’s biggest hits, “Inception,” in honor of its 10th anniversary. Warner Bros. also postponed “Wonder Woman 1984” nearly two months, from Aug. 14 to Oct. 2

Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Release Delayed – Variety

Warner Bros. made four other movie date changes:

  • Witches is dropped from October 9, 2020 to TBA
  • Godzilla vs. Kong will be delayed again from November 20, 2020 to May 21, 2021
  • Tom & Jerry delayed from December 23, 2020 to March 3, 2021
  • The untitled Matrix movie delayed from May 21, 2021 to April 4, 2022
The original WW1984 box art
showing June 5, 2020 release
should now read Oct 2, 2020

The major three movie theater chains were all planning to reopen in July. This leaves Disney’s Mulan at July 24 as the first major new wide release title to test the reopening waters.

Technically, there is another wide release icebreaker on July 1: Unhinged. Every day that’s looking more likely to be pushed back also depending on movie theater openings. Some independent theaters are opening and what few drive-ins remains are doing business.

Time for movie theaters to reopen, yes or no?

Throughout this pandemic I’ve said the big 3 theater chains need to get open as soon as it’s safe to do so. As long as they stay closed and don’t get back to some revised social distancing version of their prior business, studio feet will grow even colder.

Today, I went to the beach and saw people everywhere. Casinos in Washington State where we live have people everywhere. Heck, part of downtown Seattle has been annexed by protesters taking over a police precinct and showing movies in the street, not to mention concerts. People, everywhere.

Everywhere, everywhere.

People are socializing and ready for movie theaters in at least some areas of the country. I mean, if they can go and gamble and be as close as a slot machine away, why can’t they go to a movie theater and be 3-4 seats away?

If, however, the big three theaters don’t reopen soon, we will definitely see even more titles pushed back and this could spell the end to summer 2020 movies in theaters. We’ve already lost spring in 2020.

This means Wonder Woman 1984 is now a fall release, skipping the normally very busy summer months. Tenet’s move isn’t too dramatic at only two weeks to July 31 and following Mulan, but will Disney not want to the first to dip a toe in the new movie theater waters? Flip a coin? Maybe the odds aren’t even that good.

We seem to be at an impasse of sorts. What do you think, should movie theaters reopen ASAP? Or should they wait literally until a week or two before Mulan (mid July)?

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: Wonder Woman 1984 – First Official Trailer Released – Livestream Notes and Reaction

Twitter live streaming Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer at the CCXP

Today’s the lucky day that we got to see the first official trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 dropping as part of CCXP 2019 in Brazil in the global twitter livestream.

There was a teaser trailer released yesterday to what our appetites:

Wonder Woman 1984 teaser trailer shared Saturday 12/7/2019 … full trailer released Sunday 12/8/2019

Before the trailer was shown, director Patty Jenkins came out on the stage and shared a little bit about the film. She wouldn’t disclose HOW Steve Trevor makes it into 1984 with Wonder Woman, but she promised that it was “not a gimmick” and was “integral to the plot.”

Then Gal Gadot came out on stage:

Congratulations to Gal Gadot, for the $10 million payday, who starred as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman in DC Comics film adoption. I doubted that she would be as good as the Wonder Woman TV show, but she was great.

And while Gal Gadot may have been paid a pittance to originate the role of Wonder Woman in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” she’ll get a heroic $10 million to don her character’s signature cuffs in “Wonder Woman 1984.” These movies turned Gadot into a major star, and she’s finally being paid accordingly.

Celebrity Salaries Revealed: Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie & More – Variety

Here it is … the first official Wonder Woman 1984 trailer:

The Wonder Woman 1984 first official trailer

Great trailer! I’m sooooo looking forward to seeing this movie. Even moreso now. This trailer does what all trailers should do. Tease us. She’s swinging around on lightning, which is badass to the extreme.

“Nothing good is born from lies,” – Wonder Woman

The scene in the trailer with Steve’s watch? I think that watch might have something to do with how/why he returns.

I’ve been hearing some stuff about time travel being involved in the new film. That might be one of the few logical ways to reunite Diana Prince and Steve, but there are others, I mean we’re talking about comic book fantasy.

Ok, here are my other than time travel ideas for Wonder Woman to reunite with her love:

  • Follows the comic book and it isn’t Steve Trevor senior, it’s really Steve’s son.
  • Wonder Woman enters a parallel timeline for 1984 where Steve is waiting.
  • Retell/reboot the end of Wonder Woman (yes, this might be lame)
  • Restart the series from 1984, ignoring what happened in the original film (this also could be controversial)

Wonder Woman 1984 opens wide in theaters June 5, 2020.

Update 12/9 – Others Commenting on the Trailer

  • Beyond The Stage: “Costumes aside, we also love the nostalgic tunes. The trailer reaches into the cultural memory of 80s music with an instrumental remix of New Order’s “Blue Monday.” The bass and moody chord progressions set the tone for a rad (yeah, we went there) setting, with scenes depicting Diana fighting in a shopping mall (an 80s hallmark); walking into a gala; reuniting with Steve Trevor, and dodging bullets in a new suit.”
  • Far from Rome: “…it is bonkers, in the best way possible.”
  • Karl Shook’s Look: ” It looks to be full of action.”
  • Latoya Fondren: “The most surprising reveal, her previous love interest, Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine, appears in the new trailer, showing no sign of aging.”
  • The Nerdling: “The 80’s setting is great. All of the colors seem to be turned to 11, especially on the look of Diana herself. The tease of her new suite was exciting. The mystery of Steve Trevor’s return seems like it will be an interesting plot device and not just a ham-fisted way of bringing back a popular actor.”
  • Paige’s Picks: “The two best moments of the trailer come at the end, as we see Diana using her lasso to ride a bolt of lightning, as well as the reveal of her new head-to-toe gold armor suit, complete with a helmet and wings.”
  • Shane Wilson: “…there are beautiful action set pieces, including a decade-appropriate and beautifully choreographed mall scene.”
  • Stylecaster: “Since the release of the Wonder Woman: 1984 trailer over the weekend, fans have had one question: How is Steve Trevor alive?”

What did you think of the first official trailer?