‘Wonder Woman 1984’ producer reflects on HBO Max release

Wonder Woman 1984 producer Charles Roven has shared his thoughts on the HBO Max release of the film.

2020 was a really bad year for the world as a whole and the movie industry was no different. Just about every major movie to be released after Feburay was either delayed or released on some sort of On Demand service and/or streaming service. Wonder Woman 1984 was no different.

After being delayed several times, it was decided to release the film simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters. This strategy would eventually be used for all of the Warner Bros 2021 films, and many filmmakers objected to the practice. Even Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins, on reflection, had mixed thoughts about the whole thing. Anyway, the movie reportedly gave HBO Max a big subscription boost and ended up doing really well on home media formats. On reflection, however, not everyone liked the decision.

During a conversation with LA Times Wonder Woman 1984 producer Charles Roven noted how he believed the simultaneous release was a mistake. Roven is an accomplished DC producer who has been behind some of the franchise’s best films such as The Dark Knight and some of his worst like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice† When it came to the HBO Max release of the latest Wonder Woman film, he felt this put a limit on how much the film would make:

“Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot and I were asked if we wanted to support a day-and-date release on “Wonder Woman 1984” when we were at the height of COVID, and we had the film on hold for over a year. We were really faced with the option of either coming out concurrently on HBO Max in December 2020 or waiting until December 2021.

We agreed to do it. But we were not told that 2021 would be like this. And I must say that I think them myself [Warner Bros.] know that didn’t work. There are some pretty good movies out there, and I think I made one of the best, which is James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad.” And the box office was minuscule compared to what it did on HBO Max. I think it was a missed opportunity.

That option seems to have disappeared, and not just because the filmmakers didn’t like it, but because I think the studios themselves realize they’re putting a cap on their earnings. “Spider-Man” would by no means be the hit it is if it had been shared with streaming.”

Here’s the synopsis for it Wonder Woman 1984

Patty Jenkins returns to direct the next chapter in the story, in which Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) lives and works among mortals, remaining selfless in a vibrant era of excess and “having it all”. But her own values ​​are challenged when she is reunited with a lost love as she steps into the spotlight to help humanity escape a dangerous world of its own making. Also starring Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen.

Directed by Patty Jenkins from a script she co-wrote with David Callaham and a treatment she developed with Geoff Johns, film stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Natasha Rothwell, Ravi Patel, Gabriella Wilde, Connie Nielson, and Robin Wright.

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Source: LA Times