Marvel Lady 1984, after a heavy bow on HBO Max, will get a fast sequel
Wonder Woman is about to take another turn after the solid performance of the Gal Gadot-led sequel to both the traditional (not yet) box office and its simultaneous release on HBO Max.
Warner Bros. Pictures announced Sunday that it has accelerated development of a follow-up to Wonder Woman 1984, written by franchise veterinarian Patty Jenkins, who is re-directing it.
Amid mixed reviews, in 1984 Wonder Woman had the best opening weekend in the pandemic era for a feature film that year (at $ 16.7 million at the box office) and grossed $ 85 million worldwide to date. Additionally, when it co-released on HBO Max – the first franchise blockbuster to also get a daily and date release for a streaming service – “nearly half of the platform’s retail subscribers in its first year” (as many). We don’t know) to view the film when it arrives on Christmas Day, according to a press release.
In addition, “Millions of wholesale subscribers who have access to HBO Max via cable, WiFi, or other partner services” have tuned in to the sequel in which Gadot’s Amazon princess battled two villains: would-be oil tycoon Max Lord (Pedro Pascal of Mandalorians) and Dr. Barbara Minerva aka Cheetah (SNL veterinarian Kristen Wiig).
“Wonder Woman 1984 broke records in the first 24 hours of service and exceeded our expectations for all major ad and subscriber metrics. The interest and momentum we’re seeing suggest this is likely well beyond the weekend will continue, “WarnerMedia Direct -to-consumer EVP Andy Forssell said in a statement. “In these very difficult times, it was nice to be able to give families the opportunity to enjoy this uplifting movie at home where going to the theater wasn’t an option.”
Not long after Wonder Woman was selected for a concurrent theatrical / streaming release in 1984, Warner Media boldly announced that its entire 2021 film (including The Matrix 4 and The Suicide Squad) would do the same.
Were you among the millions who saw Wonder Woman on HBO Max that weekend in 1984? If so, what are your wishes and hopes for Dreiquel?