Wonder Woman 1984 was released into cinemas and on HBO Max simultaneously by Warner Brothers in a bold move to release all its 2021 films in theatres and at home in day-and-date releases.
The movie, starring Gal Gadot, had already been delayed pre-Covid-19, with release originally scheduled for December, 2019 before getting pushed back to summer 2020.
But by autumn, it was decided release couldn’t be stalled any longer.
Fans could watch the $200million (£145m) budget movie in the cinema or from the comfort of their sofa on the new HBO streaming service.
However, Patty Jenkins said the experience was ‘heartbreaking,’ despite supporting the release at the time.
At a CinemaCon event this week (via Deadline), she referred to the decision as ‘the best choice in a bunch of bad choices at the moment’ as well as a ‘heartbreaking experience.’
The blockbuster filmmaker said: ‘It was detrimental to the movie. I don’t think it plays the same on streaming, ever.
‘I’m not a fan of day-and-date and I hope to avoid it forever.
‘I make movies for the big-screen experience.’
Wonder Woman 1984 was one of many Warner Bros. films to have a day-and-date release this year (Picture: DC Comics)
Starring Margot Robbie, The Suicide Squad was also released onto streaming and in cinemas simultaneously (Picture: Warner Bros. Pictures)
The writer added that while she’d happily make a series for Netflix, she would not make a film for it or any other streaming service.
Wonder Woman 1984 is the sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman and the ninth installment in the DC Extended Universe.
It follows the superhero as she battles two opponents, Maxwell Lord and Barbara Minerva, meanwhile crossing paths with her love interest.
The film has an all-star cast, including Kristen Wiig and Chris Pine.
The action/adventure film grossed $166m (£121m) at the box office, which is still quite an achievement during a pandemic, however, it’s a small feat compared with the $822m (£643m) made by the first flick.
This wasn’t the only movie to have a day-and-date release, as Warner Bros dropped multiple titles on HBO Max at the same time as their cinema release last year.
The list included The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, The Suicide Squad, Reminiscence, and Matrix 4.