Wonder Woman 1984, now coming to HBO Max the same day it hits theaters.
Enlarge / Surprise Lady 1984, now coming to HBO Max the identical day it hits theaters.

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After weeks of rumors, a leaked trailer has let the golden lasso out of the bag: Warner Bros. Photos’ oft-delayed movie Surprise Lady 1984 has lastly conceded to the pandemic with a large digital launch plan.

The movie’s December 25 launch date had been beforehand introduced after being bumped out of June, then as soon as once more out of October. That Christmas launch date stays fastened for theaters all over the world—together with these in the US that stay open within the face of rising COVID-19 contraction charges. The information right now is that HBO Max, which at present operates solely in North America, will moreover serve the movie on the identical day—with out charging current subscribers any further price on high of its $14.99/mo fee.

This plan differs from Disney’s September launch of its live-action Mulan remake, which was restricted to theaters in nations with out the paid Disney+ subscription service. In territories with Disney+, however, subscribers might pay a one-time price of $30 to entry the movie for limitless viewing, or wait till December 4 to entry the movie as a part of the usual Disney+ $7.99/mo service.

Wednesday’s Surprise Lady 1984 information got here as soon as followers found an unlisted YouTube video promoting the change, which DC Studios and Warner Bros. Photos uploaded with out password safety earlier than taking it down as phrase unfold. Followers had been fast to seize a picture of the commercial’s ultimate display screen, confirming a December 25 launch for each theaters and “HBO Max at no further price to subscribers.” Although the video stays hidden as of press time, shops like Selection and Deadline instantly moved ahead with their very own confirmations that the information is legit—and follows theater operators being informed the information.

Shortly after these studies went stay, WW84 director Patty Jenkins offered her own statement via social media:

The time has come. In some unspecified time in the future you must select to share any love and pleasure you must give, over every little thing else. We love our film as we love our followers, so we really hope that our movie brings slightly little bit of pleasure and reprieve to all of you this vacation season. Watch it in theaters, the place it’s made protected to take action (take a look at the nice work theaters have achieved to make it so!). And obtainable within the security of your house on HBO Max the place it isn’t. Comfortable holidays to all of you. We hope you take pleasure in our movie as a lot as we loved making it.

That units up arguably the biggest streaming-film launch face-off we have ever seen, with Disney-Pixar’s animated movie Soul launching on Disney+ the identical day. (It, too, eschews the Mulan mannequin, coming as a part of commonplace Disney+ subscriptions.)


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