Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins has commented on the "damaging" impact of the simultaneous release (in theaters and streaming) of this DC sequel.
As reported by Deadline, Jenkins shared her thoughts on the Wonder Woman 1984 theatrical model while speaking at a CinemaCon panel on Thursday. She reportedly referred to the streaming movie's premiere as a "heartbreaking experience", although she acknowledged that it was "the best option among a lot of bad decisions" at the time.
Warner Bros. announced its revolutionary approach to film distribution last year, revealing that the studio's entire list of films for 2021 would be available on HBO Max at the same time as in theaters. WW84 premiered in December, and it served as an early test of how blockbuster movies could perform when released simultaneously in theaters and other platforms.
The Wonder Woman sequel (the original is from 2017) got off to a slow start at the international box office, opening just $ 18.8 million in China and a total of $ 38.5 million abroad. However, it then went on to earn 46.5 million in the US market and 120 million in other territories, for a world total of 166.5 million dollars. All this, in contrast to a budget of 200 million.
"It was detrimental to the movie... I knew that could have happened," Jenkins said, referring to the movie's box office results after its simultaneous release on HBO Max and in theaters. "I don't think it plays the same way on broadcast, ever. I'm not a fan of the simultaneous release and hope to avoid it forever. I make movies for the big screen experience."
Jenkins also claimed that she would never make a movie for Netflix or any other streaming service, given the fact that those movies generally only spend a short time in theaters before moving on to streaming. She admitted that "it's difficult to market a movie when it's limited in length," while television is something she would like to work on with the streaming giant.
Regardless, WW84's premiere on HBO Max helped double the number of the streamer's subscribers in the fourth quarter of last year, with an estimated 554,000 users signing up between December 25-27, 2021 alone. Additionally, WarnerMedia noted that "nearly half" of its HBO Max subscriber base watched the superhero sequel on the day of its release.
Lastly, we take this opportunity to remind you that Warner Bros. has already confirmed that Wonder Woman 3 is in development with director Patty Jenkins and lead star Gal Gadot, both set to return.