Warner Bros. and parent company WarnerMedia have announced that Wonder Woman 1984 will be released theatrically and on the HBO Max streaming service. The highly anticipated sequel will be in theaters and on HBO Max on Christmas Day, December 25, 2020. It will debut at international theaters one week earlier on December 16.
The release date for Wonder Woman 1984 has been moved multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic and theater closings around the country. In September, the date was pushed to Christmas Day, however, there had been rumblings that it would get bumped back again.
“The time has come,” director Patty Jenkins wrote on social media. “At some point you have to choose to share any love and joy you have to give, over everything else. We love our movie as we love our fans, so we truly hope that our film brings a little bit of joy and reprieve to all of you this holiday season. 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 HBO Mas where it is not. Happy holidays to all of you. We hope you enjoy our film as much as we enjoyed making it.”
It was originally scheduled for theatrical release on June 5, then it was bumped to August 14, before landing on the October date, and moving again to Christmas Day.
“As we navigate these unprecedented times, we’ve had to be innovative in keeping our businesses moving forward while continuing to super-serve our fans,” Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, said in a statement. “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. 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.”
In Wonder Woman 1984, Diana Prince is working at the Smithsonian with gemologist Barbara Minerva, who transforms into the villain Cheetah as she’s manipulated by Maxwell Lord. Gal Gadot returns as Wonder Woman with Chris Pine coming back as Steve Trevor. Kristen Wiig joins as Cheetah and Pedro Pascal will play Maxwell Lord.