In an unexpected move, it was announced that all Warner Bros. films that will be landing in theaters in 2021 will also be debuting on their streaming service HBO Max on the same date. It was announced last month Wonder Woman 1984 will be released on December 25th in theaters and in theaters. Most peaoplthought this would be a unique situation to ensure as many people as possible could see the film that had already faced a number of delays.
“We’re living in unprecedented times which call for creative solutions, including this new initiative for the Warner Bros. Pictures Group,” Ann Sarnoff, Chair and CEO, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, shared in a statement. “No one wants films back on the big screen more than we do. We know new content is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will likely operate at reduced capacity throughout 2021. With this unique one-year plan, we can support our partners in exhibition with a steady pipeline of world-class films, while also giving moviegoers who may not have access to theaters or aren’t quite ready to go back to the movies the chance to see our amazing 2021 films. We see it as a win-win for film lovers and exhibitors, and we’re extremely grateful to our filmmaking partners for working with us on this innovative response to these circumstances.”
The films include The Suicide Squad, Mortal Kombat, The Little Things, Tom And Jerry, The Many Saints Of Newark, Reminiscence, Godzilla Vs. Kong, The Conjuring The Devil Made Me Do It, In The Heights, Space Jam: A New Legacy, Dune, King Richard, The Matrix 4, Those Who Wish Me Dead, Malignant, Judas And The Black Messiah, and Cry Macho