While at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, which brought together American studios and operators last week, Patty Jenkins expressed mixed feelings about the release of “Wonder Woman 1984” in theaters and on HBO Max.
Like Diana Prince in the film, Wonder Woman 1984 will remain a symbol: that of the strategy adopted by Warner to face the coronavirus pandemic which has hit the world for a year and a half. Patty Jenkins’ feature film is indeed the first simultaneous release in theaters and on HBO Max by the studio, which then did the same with its entire 2021 line-up.
But this experience was lived as “heartbreaking” by the director, who was back behind the camera after the success of the first opus. “It was the best of a string of bad choices at the time”, however, she tempered during his speech at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, which brought together American studios and exhibitors last week.
“It was detrimental to the film. I knew it could happen… But I don’t think it works as well in streaming.”, she continues about the feature film, released on December 25 in American theaters and on HBO Max. “I’m not a day-and-date fan [sortie simultanée en salles et en VOD, ndlr] and I hope I can avoid it forever. “
It was the best of a series of bad choices at the time
Expected at the helm of the Star Wars movie Rogue Squadron, before tackling a Wonder Woman 3, still with Gal Gadot, Patty Jenkins recalled her desire to make feature films “for the big screen experience”. And that she did not see herself making for a streaming platform such as Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.
Words that echo the alarm bell sounded, still during CinemaCon, by the president of the Motion Pictures Association of America Charles Rivkin: in his speech, the latter indeed pointed out the new increase in piracy observed in the latter months and favored by simultaneous releases in theaters and on platforms.
A phenomenon of which Wonder Woman 1984, released directly on VOD and DVD / Blu-Ray at home, was just one of the victims, with worldwide receipts amounting to 166.5 million dollars, against 822.8 for the first part.