'Wonder Woman 1984' to Debut in Theaters and HBO Max on Christmas Day

“At some point you have to choose to share any love and joy you have to give, over everything else,” director Patty Jenkins says

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In an unprecedented move, “Wonder Woman 1984” will open on Christmas Day in theaters and simultaneously on HBO Max, director Patty Jenkins announced on Wednesday.

“At some point you have to choose to share any love and joy you have to give, over everything else,” she tweeted. “We love our movie as we love our fans, so we truly hope that our film brings a little bit of joy an reprieve to all of you this holiday season.”

She also tossed a shout-out to theaters: “Watch it IN THEATERS, where it is made safe to do so (check out the great work theaters have done to make it so!) And available in the safety of your home on HBOMAX where it is not.”

“Wonder Woman 1984” will be released simultaneously in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming platform in the U.S. on Dec. 25, while debuting theatrically in international markets a week earlier starting on Dec. 16. The film will be available for a month on HBO Max in the U.S. included at no additional cost to subscribers.

The superhero sequel starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins was originally meant to open last summer, then was pushed to October and then pushed again to Christmas Day due to the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns of movie theaters worldwide. A report on Bloomberg last Thursday said studio parent company WarnerMedia was mulling over whether to release the film on HBO MAX a week after opening theatrically.

Gadot returns for the sequel to 2017’s “Wonder Woman,” which fast forwards the action from World War II to 1984, where Gadot will take on a new villain played by Kristen Wiig. Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen also star.

The original “Wonder Woman” grossed $412.5 million domestic and $821.8 million globally.

Warner Bros. announced several release date changes on Oct. 5. Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” was moved from its December 2020 release date to Oct. 1, 2021, originally the home of “The Batman.” Meanwhile, the upcoming new installment of “The Matrix” series was moved from April 2022 to December 2021, “The Flash” was pushed from June 2022 to November 2022. “Shazam! 2” moved from November 2022 to June 2023, and Dwayne Johnson’s “Black Adam” was taken off the schedule.

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