UPDATE: Warner Bros announced Wednesday that, after a series of coronavirus-related postponements that continually pushed its release, Wonder Woman 1984 will arrive both in theaters and on HBO Max on Christmas Day, December 25th.
“This is an amazing film that really comes to life on the big screen and, working with our partners in the exhibition community, we will provide that option to consumers in the U.S. where theaters are open,” WarnerMedia Studios said of the unorthodox release. “We realize that a lot of consumers can’t go back to the movies due to the pandemic, so we also want to give them the option to see Wonder Woman 1984 via our HBO Max platform.”
Director Patty Jenkins, who reiterated her desire for a theatrical release at DC FanDome, also tweeted about the film’s dual release:
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) November 18, 2020
Previous trailers for the Wonder Woman sequel focused on Pedro Pascal’s mysterious Max Lord and the Eighties setting, but the new preview showcases Wiig’s turn from jealous friend to supervillain, with her character — decked in a cheetah-print clothing — able to ward off Wonder Woman’s golden lasso.
Later in the trailer, the still-human villain somehow transforms further into a furry monster; unfortunately, on social media, Wiig in full-Cheetah mode has already garnered comparisons to other anthropomorphized CGI felines:
— Total Film (@totalfilm) August 22, 2020
Originally scheduled for release in early August, Wonder Woman 1984 is now set to hit theaters October 2nd, a date director Patty Jenkins reiterated during FanDome. “We are going to stick it out. We believe in putting it in the cinema,” Jenkins said (via The Hollywood Reporter).