February 7, 2023
Wonder Woman 1984

Warner Bros. to release Wonder Woman 1984 early in the UK and Ireland amidst cinema closures

Just days after its initial release, Warner Bros. has confirmed that Patty Jenkins’ hotly-anticipated sequel Wonder Woman 1984 is headed to ‘Video On Demand’ in the UK and Ireland in January. The long-awaited sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman will be available to rent via PVOD in the UK on Jan. 13 2021 because of the sudden closure of cinemas across the country.

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Wonder Woman 1984 (© 2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

Additionally, Warner Bros. released a statement which read:

“After much anticipation, WW84 is out now in cinemas in the U.K. and Ireland. In recognition of varying current market restrictions and to service the massive fan interest in Wonder Woman 1984, this film can be enjoyed by fans and families on the big screen where available in cinemas now, and in the comfort of their own home through Premium Video on Demand (PVOD) in the U.K. and Ireland starting on Jan. 13. The film will continue to be available in cinemas where they are open, whilst also being available to watch at home for a 48-hour rental from participating digital retailers.”

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Wonder Woman 1984 (© 2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

This is a bold move for Warner Bros., one that will have a significant effect on the revenue stream from a movie the studio had very high hopes for. But, with the movie streaming for free on the US only HBO Max service from Christmas Day, this will feel like another slap in the face to UK customers. They will be forced to pay a premium rate for a film that subscribers across the pond will be enjoying at no extra cost.

Directed and co-written by Patty Jenkins, WW84 stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, and Natasha Rothwell.

Source: Discussing Film / Variety


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