Wonder Woman 1984’s streaming and theatre release is spelling out Hollywood history and certainly has many mysteries to unfold.
Wonder Woman is coming to town! Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot’s much-awaited superhero number will see its HBO Max and US theatrical debut on Christmas. Wonder Woman 1984 has made history by being the first big-budget movie to be released on streaming service the same day as its theatrical release. This is also Warner Bros’ new release model for its entire DC slate. Wonder Woman 1984 is not only here to bring joy to the fans but to finally uncover major mysteries as well. Coronavirus undoubtedly contributed towards getting the film away for a number of times however, WB decided to take another risk after releasing Christopher Nolan’s Tenet earlier this year in the theatres.
Tenet grossed $362 million worldwide incurring WB a loss of approximately $100 million. Wonder Woman 1984 opened in cinemas over the weekend across 32 international markets ahead of its US release. The box-office numbers are least to say impressive in its opening weekend grossing $38.5 million internationally. An $18.8 million upswing is from China alone indicating movie failed to get fans out of the home. To set a contrast, 2017 Wonder Woman grossed $37 million on opening weekend in China alone.
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Furthermore, experts believe Wonder Woman 1984 could land into piracy troubles. Shawn Robbins, the chief analyst at Box Office Pro told Business Insider, “If there’s a larger implication here, it’s that any worries over this film becoming one of the most pirated pieces of content in history are now significantly higher.”
Nonetheless, a huge chunk of fandom is ready to stream Wonder Woman 1984 this Christmas and all eyes are on WB’s new streaming service, HBO Max. And as far as the initial reviews are concerned everything seems hopeful and magical. As Variety reviews, “Wonder Woman 1984” accomplishes what we look to Hollywood tentpoles to do: It whisks us away from our worries, erasing them with pure escapism.”
While it’s too soon to judge the possible profits and losses — Wonder Woman 1984 has its shelf life with multiple mysteries to unfold. Here are 5 Mysteries Wonder Woman 1984 uncovers…
How is Chris Pine is back?
Chris Pine will be seen reprising his role as the enigmatic Steve Trevor. In the culmination of the Wonder Woman in 2017, the audiences saw Trevor meet his maker as his plane exploded midair. This was a central theme of Wonder Woman’s character development through the Justice League. However, from the first look, we can see that Steve Trevor will be back in the movie and reveal what happened on that fateful flight. Some leaks suggest that it’s the doing of Dreamstone seen in the trailers. We are finally closer to see how it all unfolds.
Is Cheetah here to stay?
In Wonder Woman 1984, Kristen Wiig will be taking up the mantle of Barbara Minerva aka Cheetah, one of Wonder Woman’s most nefarious foes. She is the result of a curse gone wrong and serves as the main antagonist for Wonder Woman in this movie. Barbara was an archeologist who became friends with Diana. However, the curse brings her directly in conflict with Diana and the two will share a complex dynamic throughout the film. Fans can’t wait to see how that goes down. But the larger question is will Wiig stay on as Cheetah in the DCEU?
The Mystery of The Golden Armour
In the first look and subsequent trailers of Wonder Woman 1984, Diana is seen with a shiny golden armour taking on Cheetah. Director Patty Jenkins has cleared that this golden armour was specially created for the timeline because Wonder Woman needed the armour to fight Cheetah. Jenkins mentioned that Cheetah is fast and agile and attacks the limbs. So, Diana needed some reinforcements in her attire to take on this villain. Traditionally, Diana dons the armour for serious battles or in the moments of weakness. This makes the final fight all the more interesting.
Maxwell Lord: Who is He?
Comic book fans may be familiar with Maxwell Lord as the businessman that has a sanctimonious, holier-than-thou appearance while being a constant antagonist to the Justice League. While the character has had many adaptations in the comic books, a reliable backstory for him is that Maxwell Lord is a businessman that has promised the people to give them what they want. He gained superpowers during the Invasion storyline in comics that helped him to telepathically convince people. Played by Pedro Pascal in WW84, Maxwell will be seen as the biggest catalyst motivating Barbara to take on Wonder Woman.
Diana never returned back home
When Diana left Themyscira with Steve Trevor, her mother Queen Hippolyta warned her that once she entered the land of men, she could never home. Even after her fight with Ares and the death of Steve, Diana chose not to return home. She vowed to stay back and fight with humanity despite the flaws and selfishness in men.
While there are more questions the wait is finally over for fans as Wonder Woman 1984 releases this Christmas!
The article is contributed by Prityush Haldar.