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Samba TV says Godzilla Vs. Kong registers biggest HBO Max audience to date

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Samba TV says Godzilla Vs. Kong registers biggest HBO Max audience to date
April 6, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

GODZILLA VS. KONG was the king of the box office over the weekend with a five-day domestic gross of $48.1 million but it appears that the monsterverse grudge match was also a big hit at home according to third-party streaming ratings film Samba TV. 

Samba TV reported Monday that 3.6 million households watched at least five minutes of Godzilla Vs. Kong on HBO Max in its first five days on service from March 31-April 4. Even though these are only third-party numbers, this still gives Godzilla Vs. Kong the distinction of having the biggest audience for HBO Max to date. For comparison’s sake, the Christmas weekend launch of Wonder Woman 1984 registered 2.2 million households (for at least five minutes) while Zack Snyder’s Justice League scored 1.8 million HBO Max households for at least five minutes.

It should be noted that, like most streaming services, HBO Max did not provide any official viewership data for Godzilla Vs. Kong and Samba TV only polls viewers from terrestrial smart TVs. The good news for WarnerMedia is that the Samba TV figures are very impressive and if we did have official data, we’d likely see that the film did remarkably well on the platform. On Sunday, WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer EVP and General Manager Andy Forssell said that the movie “had a larger viewing audience than any other film or show on HBO Max since launch.” Forssell didn’t back this up with tangible data but this has been the name of the game for most streaming services and we just have to take their word for it.

The success of Godzilla Vs. Kong in at home and in theaters is pretty impressive for a few reasons. Only 55% of the U.S.-Canada exhibition market is up and running so its $48.1 million five-day opening is great in this pandemic era of moviegoing where movie theaters are still operating at limited capacity. This is also a feat worthy of kudos because the HBO Max option does cut into the theatrical business but that’s still a robust opening for a movie that is available to watch at home. Godzilla Vs. Kong’s success across both of its viewing options makes WarnerMedia’s decision to do the simultaneous launch of its 2021 film slate via HBO Max and theatrical seem like a wise idea. Granted, we’re only one event film in on this but I’m sure this bodes well for their next big launch with Mortal Kombat on April 23.

Did YOU watch Godzilla Vs. Kong on HBO Max or did YOU catch it at your local movie theater? Should this be considered a win for moviegoing moving forward?

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Coming 2 America is Amazon’s first title to lead weekly streaming rankings

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Coming 2 America is Amazon’s first title to lead weekly streaming rankings
April 2, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

If anyone was questioning Amazon’s $125 million acquisition of the Eddie Murphy sequel COMING 2 AMERICA, look no further than the Nielsen streaming rankings because the film turned into a huge hit for the streaming platform.

Coming 2 America, the long-awaited sequel to 1988’s Coming To America, leads Nielsen’s streaming rankings for the week of March 1-7 with 1.41 billion minutes of viewing time. This makes the film the first Amazon title to ever top the Nielsen streaming chart and the performance makes it one of the most-watched films to debut on any streaming in the six months that Nielsen has been releasing weekly rankings. The only titles to top Coming 2 America in the last six months were Wonder Woman 1984 (2.25 billion minutes on HBO Max), Soul (1.67 billion minutes on Disney+), and The Christmas Chronicles 2 (1.52 billion minutes on Netflix). 

To put things in perspective, the 1.41 billion minutes of watch time for the Craig Brewer-directed comedy equates to about 12.8 million full showings of the film based on its 110-minute running time. I’m very curious what this would translate to in terms of box office because many people that try to following streaming data want to know how a project would perform outside of its streaming release. It’s safe to say that Coming 2 America would’ve opened well if released theatrically but I’d love to see how these minutes would’ve looked as box office figures.

Streaming services stress that Nielsen’s methodology doesn’t show the whole picture. Nielsen only tracks data on TV sets and they only measure U.S. audiences and not those in other countries. Coming 2 America was likely an even bigger powerhouse than this indicates and I would imagine that Amazon is happy with the exposure the sequel brought to the platform. 

What are YOUR thoughts on the streaming ranking for Coming 2 America? You can check out the top ten streaming titles below for original series, acquired series, and original movies!

Original Series

1. Ginny & Georgia (Netflix), 1.16 billion minutes viewed
2. WandaVision (Disney+), 924 million
3. Murder Among the Mormons (Netflix), 587 million
4. Behind Her Eyes (Netflix), 369 million
5. Firefly Lane (Netflix), 274 million
6. The Crown (Netflix), 242 million
7. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix), 237 million
8. Bridgerton (Netflix), 235 million
9. The Great British Baking Show (Netflix), 207 million
10. Longmire (Netflix), 201 million

Acquired Series

1. Criminal Minds (Netflix), 929 million minutes
2. Grey’s Anatomy (Netflix), 858 million
3. Good Girls (Netflix), 579 million
4. NCIS (Netflix), 555 million
5. Schitt’s Creek (Netflix), 493 million
6 (tie). Cocomelon (Netflix), 475 million
6 (tie). Heartland (Netflix), 475 million
8. iCarly (Netflix), 431 million
9. Supernatural (Netflix), 400 million
10. The Sinner (Netflix), 334 million

Original Movies

1. Coming 2 America* (Amazon), 1.41 billion minutes
2 (tie). Bigfoot Family (Netflix), 363 million
2 (tie). I Care a Lot* (Netflix), 363 million
4. Raya and the Last Dragon* (Disney+), 355 million
5. Moxie* (Netflix), 257 million
6. Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell* (Netflix), 203 million
7. Moana (Disney+), 185 million
8. The Dark Knight (Netflix), 176 million
9. No Escape (Netflix), 141 million
10. Frozen (Disney+), 134 million

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San Diego Comic-Con Thanksgiving event facing backlash from actors & studios

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San Diego Comic-Con Thanksgiving event facing backlash from actors & studios
March 31, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

San Diego Comic-Con is going virtual once again for their annual July event due to the COVID-19 pandemic but when they announced their virtual endeavor they also revealed plans for a smaller in-person event in November. The dates for that November event were finally revealed days ago and many were surprised to see that it was scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend. This understandably sparked a lot of strong opinions and now a new report suggests that the date is facing some backlash from actors and major studios.

According to "The Hollywood Reporter", they have spoken to several people in the industry who are not too happy with the schedule for the SDCC November event. An anonymous representative from a studio who has hosted Hall H panels, which is some of the biggest panels to be presented during SDCC weekend, says that they "love San Diego Comic-Con and would love to support, but what actor or producer is going to give their first-post-vaccine Thanksgiving holiday with family to travel to San Diego to publicize a project?" Another unnamed insider also had this to say:

"During the pandemic, we’ve had Wonder Woman and The Mandalorian, but what we haven’t had is a hug from our parents and grandparents. Talent are not going to want to give up time with their families at Thanksgiving this year of all years. I have no idea what the organizers are thinking."

Another PR representative with clients who have been featured prominently in Hall H says that actors are "refusing" to attend but will have no choice but to go. It really has put studios, producers, and performers in a very awkward position as San Diego Comic-Con is one of the biggest publicity events of the year but the timing of this event just doesn't seem to really make much sense. After the initial wave of backlash,  Comic-Con released a statement that explained why this particular weekend was chosen. According to them, the Thanksgiving weekend was one of the few dates available to even host the event during the last quarter of the year. They're also leaving the decision up to the patrons to determine if they want to attend and even suggested that they can spend the actual Thanksgiving holiday with their families first and then head out to San Diego to spend the rest of the weekend with their "family of choice."

Talent hasn't been the only vocal naysayer of the Thanksgiving weekend event. Fans were the first people to speak up about the decision and pointed out that this scheduling doesn't make sense for several reasons. Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays in the U.S. and people want to spend that time with their families, especially after some being separated from their loved ones during the 2020 holiday due to the pandemic. Fans might be excited that SDCC is trying to get back to normal but doing a smaller scale in-person event but many may skip it and wait until the full-blown event that is set for July 2022. 

Do YOU think choosing Thanksgiving weekend was a bad move by SDCC to hold an in-person event?

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League second to Wonder Woman 1984 in HBO Max homes

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League second to Wonder Woman 1984 in HBO Max homes
March 24, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

We’re getting a bit of information on how well Zack Snyder’s Justice League did in HBO Max households and according to one report, it ranks second to only Wonder Woman 1984 on the platform.

According to Samba TV, Zack Snyder’s Justice League pulled in 1.8 million HBO Max households in its first five minutes on the streamer over its premiere weekend. The figure puts it second behind Wonder Woman 1984 which drew 2.2 million U.S. households during the weekend of December 25-27. Samba TV is a service that polls terrestrial smart TVs so that is really only a piece of the data to indicate how well the film did over the weekend.

According to “Deadline“, their insiders indicate that Zack Snyder’s Justice League did massive numbers over the weekend on the streamer but the figures still have it coming in behind Wonder Woman 1984.  Many will speculate why this happened but it may just come down to the fact that Wonder Woman 1984 was a brand new franchise film coming out when we really needed one during the pandemic and the Snyder Cut is more of a niche fan film. Casual moviegoers may not have truly known what it was all about but the increased positive feedback may bring in the uninitiated to view the film on the platform.

Samba TV also discovered that Zack Snyder’s Justice League topped the first-weekend premiere of The Falcon and the Winder Soldier on Disney+. They have it clocking it at 1.7 million households which is still an impressive figure but it just adds more to the issue of the transparency with streaming figures. Disney+ declared this week that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was the most viewed weekend premiere ever on the streamer. Samba TV’s figures do support that but we won’t ever get the full story with these figures until the numbers are officially released by the various platforms.

Do YOU think HBO Max will release a more clear figure of how well Zack Snyder’s Justice League did on the streamer?

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DCEU Movies Ranked: From Man of Steel to Zack Snyder’s Justice League

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DCEU Movies Ranked: From Man of Steel to Zack Snyder’s Justice League
March 23, 2021 by: Matt Rooney

Starting in the long-long ago of 2013, Warner Bros. and DC have been releasing entries in their DC Extended Universe series of movies, which connect heroes like Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and others across one superhero movie landscape. Of the nine movies so far, a few have been solid, if even heroic, entries in the genre, while several others have been…yeah. Across them all, I’ve been watching each one and waiting — sometimes even eagerly — for the next additions, and in that time have assembled my list of the very best and very worst entries. 

Now, with the release of WONDER WOMAN 1984 officially at our feet, I have decided to share my list of the DCEU movies ranked from worst to best, encompassing all nine movies thus far. This list is of course not the end-all-be-all, and we will update it as new movies come and go — and even as opinions change. But for now, these are how I feel the movies stack up amongst each other, although certainly your opinions may differ!

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10.) Suicide Squad

In 2014, Marvel and director James Gunn proved a rag-tag squad of virtually unrecognizable comic book heroes could not only work but become a cultural sensation with Guardians of the Galaxy. Two years later, DC assembled their own group of mostly nobodies (sans a couple of rather popular crime clowns) and unveiled to the world David Ayer’s Suicide Squad – and while it did about as well at the box office and gave us the gift of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn – the actual quality of the movie was far from sensational. A mixture of the kind of gritty crime drama that Ayer has been known for and could be the only explanation for Jared Leto’s Joker looking like a low-level heroin runner and the sort of bonkers comic book thrills a set-up like this should have warranted resulted in an ugly, shockingly dull misfire. Filled with mostly forgettable characters that don’t live up to their comic book personas stranded in an aimless plot filled with henchmen that look like if you overcooked a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Squad tried to be the “fun” entry after the morose Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman, but only manages to be an over-long headache.

Read Chris Bumbray’s review here!

 

9.) Justice League (2017)

Talking about movies that were supposed to be the “fun” entry in the DCEU, Justice League actually manages to achieve have a sense of light entertainment value — but then little else. Directed by Zack Snyder but reshot and finalized by Joss Whedon, JL is a concoction of two visions that ends up not being much of anything. Assembling the likes of Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and newcomers The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg is a mess of introductions, expositions and eventual CGI chaos that only benefits from a strong cast and suitably not taking itself as seriously as past entries. Yes, it’s fun in spots, but it’s also choppy, empty, and features a horrendous villain, Steppenwolf, that reminds one more of a demon goat than a conqueror of worlds. People gave this movie a big pass for being the simple, fun flick it can often be, but once all that fades, it becomes painfully clear how nigh-unwatchable it really is. It’s at the point where I’ve found myself somewhat on the side of one of the more toxic sects of the “film internet” and am actually looking forward to seeing the impending Snyder Cut — which could either be much better than this or four hours of somehow worse. 

Read Chris Bumbray’s review here!

 

8.) Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Around the release of Man of Steel, it was announced director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer would be returning to work on a sequel, and about a month or so after, Snyder unveiled at that year’s San Diego Comic-Con that the follow-up would be the infamous, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now, this movie is less a follow-up to MOS or an introduction of a new Batman, but much, much more a studio panicking that they were falling behind their Marvel counterparts in establishing a billion-dollar comic book franchise, and decided to take years of development and cram it into a single movie. Taking the dour tone of MOS and cranking it even higher (lower?), BVS is Snyder trying to somehow elevate the comic book genre by tackling ideas that very much exceed the movie’s grasp, nor has much going on between either Batman or Superman. There are several characters too many and the titular dawn of the incoming Justice League feels shoehorned into an already cluttered story. Admittedly, and to Snyder’s credit, where the movie stands above the previous two entries despite being the most critically-disapproved is that it, at the very least, is a, somewhat fascinating watch. Maybe it’s the boldness of what it’s trying to do, or in how much of a clusterf**k it is, but Snyder did make something that’s at least worth another watch or two. Factor in some genuinely great comic book movie moments (Warehouse scene, Wonder Woman’s arrival, etc.), BVS has a certain air about it that makes it unforgettable. I mean that in mostly negative ways, but still. 

Read Chris Bumbray’s review here!

 

7.) Wonder Woman 1984

As far as sequels go, Wonder Woman 1984 is actually the only true one the DCEU has released so far — which is a bit surprising at this point. Batman v. Superman isn’t quite a Man of Steel sequel and Shazam 2 and Aquaman 2 are some time away, so in terms of having to live up to something that came before, WW84 had the most riding on it of any DCEU movie far. Sadly, it face-planted what should’ve been a perfect landing. While the first movie from director Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot made use of goddess Diana’s unflinching moral code and beacon of hope with a focused story that gave her an ideological war to fight on the WWI battlefield, WW84 is a bizarre mess, juggling multiple storylines and numerous logic inconsistencies while leaving our title character stranded to play second fiddle to a cat-lady and faux-Donald Trump. There are some bright spots in terms of performances and, admittedly, many of the themes Jenkins sought to explore — and when you mix that with the occasionally entertaining moment of action or general weirdness it’s not totally a loss — but there’s virtually nothing about the movie from its plotting or character development that holds up to examination. Then there’s just the actual content. Kristen Wiig becomes a reject from Cats; Pedro Pascal takes massive bites out of the scenery as the only actor seeming to have fun here and; Chris Pine takes over the body of a random dude who will likely wake up with a gnarly hangover. There is so much going on in this movie, much of it pure lunacy, but none of it adds up to a compelling story that Wonder Woman deserved for her second big-screen outing. Maybe this could’ve been the fourth outing when everyone’s just about done with it all, but not the second time out.

Read JimmyO’s review here!

 

6.) Man of Steel

After the immense success of The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer pitched their idea for a retooling of Superman for the big-screen to Warner Bros., bringing the same kind of grounded approach to him as they did to Batman. Director Zack Snyder was eventually hired and, years later, Man of Steel hit theaters — and turns out — dramatic Superman isn’t quite as compelling as dramatic Batman. The nonlinear narrative starts with the epic destruction of Krypton and then spends time going back and forth between Kal-El/Clark Kent’s origins on Earth and his nomad years in obscurity, ultimately leading to him donning the suit and saving the world from complete destruction. Much like Wonder Woman, Superman is a beacon of justice and hope, but via the “character study” approach of MOS, this take on the character as he learns to be the hero for Earth feels mostly feels cold and aimless as it fails to establish an emotional link between the lead and anything he’s doing. There is something admirable about the approach — in trying to find a new way to tell the Superman origin story — but the execution doesn’t fit who Superman is and what the tone and style of his movies need to be. Like BVS, Snyder has undeniable vision as a filmmaker, and no one crafts destruction quite like he does, and the score from Hans Zimmer is (like his work on WW84) the best thing about the movie. Not to mention the cast does some solid work with what they can, and despite the movie they’re in, they do a good enough job to make you want to see more of them — especially Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel himself. For better or worse, Man of Steel marked a turning point in DC at the movies, and on its own, is a perfect middle-ground entry in the series. 

Read Eric Walkuski’s review here!

 

5.) Birds of Prey

After stealing the show in Suicide Squad, it made sense to give Robbie’s Quinn her very own movie far away from goth witches and dudes named Rick. Okay, even the title gives away its not entirely her own solo movie, but rather her story brings together several other kick-ass women from the DC universe so they can come together and, well, kick ass. A far cry from the rest of its DCEU peers, Birds of Prey embraces a low-budget and an R-rating, making grisled ol’ Batman look like a real Boy Scout. Directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina Hodson, the movie works at its very best when it’s embracing its colorful, wild self, which is basically every time Harley is on-screen or when Ewan McGregor can devour the scenery as Roman Sionis/Black Mask. It’s got a wicked sense of humor, some kinetic, bloody action, and best of all, allows Robbie to dig into the character of Quinn with far more depth. It’s a shame the rest of the characters — like Black Canary or Huntress — don’t get the same treatment. A cluttered script and not the most compelling plot makes it feel like several stories crammed together, even though the theme of them all breaking free of male oppression comes through in the end. While much of the character work and storytelling is a big crux in making it the focused Quinn solo movie it should’ve been, there’s plenty of style, attitude and great performances to make it an often bonkers standout in the series.

Read JimmyO’s review here!

 

4.) Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Before the dust from the disappointment of the 2017 Justice League could settle, fans who had committed to director Zack Snyder’s vision behind MOS and BVS were demanding Warner Bros. give him a chance to complete and release his true version of the movie. While odds understandably seemed low, the folks at WB, in need of releases for the service HBO Max, listened to the fan pleas that had literally reached the sky and gave Snyder (with $70 million) his shot. The result hit HBO Max last week, and for many, it was worth the long wait. The visual effects were greatly improved; the overall visual style was more consistent; the doubled runtime allowed for new character details and wholly different arcs (namely, Cyborg) and; it delivered on the spectacle that makes Snyder one of the most distinct directors around, for better or worse. The film is far from perfect, and even the bloated runtime can’t fix the narrative problems from the first version, making said runtime not always feel justified. But even without comparison to the 2017 version, Snyder’s Justice League stands on its own as the director’s best take on DC heroes of his three outings, crafting a unique epic that happens to have kind of emotional depth his movies are not often known for. 

Read Chris Bumbray’s review here!

3.) Aquaman

With his comic book movie debut, Aquaman, James Wan managed to do the impossible: He took a hero whose claim to fame was conversing with tuna – and turning him into the DCEU’s resident badass. It goes without saying, just as much, if not more credit goes to the naturally badass Jason Momoa, and Wan knew just how to craft a truly wild, visually arresting comic book movie unlike any other around his imposing-yet-lovable leading man. Like what Taika Waititi did approaching with Thor: Ragnarok, Wan realized a movie featuring an underwater society going to war with the surface world and the only man who can stop it can command all creatures of the deep can’t take itself too seriously, which means Aquaman is never not a blast to watch. The story is whatever and the script has holes for depths, but there’s an octopus playing drums before Momoa and Patrick Wilson’s Orm have an underwater trident fight, which comes after Nicole Kidman doing flips over deep-sea soldiers and before a final fight that involves a sort of Kraken and sharks clashing with, I wanna say, crab people. It’s a visual feast that was made by people who knew exactly the movie they were making, and in the end, daring the audience to find something not to like about it. As long as they maintain that style, the sequel has nowhere to go but up. 

Read Chris Bumbray’s review here!

 

2.) Shazam!

Considering all of the movies on this list, Shazam! is the one that had the most right to not work at all. With the name recognition of a pre-2015 Ant-Man, very few outside the comic fandom knew who this hero was, and selling the story of a boy who can transform into a mighty hero after given powers by a wizard named Shazam couldn’t have been an easy sell. But, amazingly, Shazam! came out one of the very best the DCEU has to offer, and it’s all thanks to how it embraces the more relatable angle of the Billy Batson story. Bouncing from foster home to foster home, the true core of the story is how Billy (Asher Angel) learns to embrace becoming part of his new family, and how that comes in tandem with becoming a hero. The two strands are seamlessly woven together by director David F. Sandberg and writer Henry Gayden, and the tone resembles the likes of Big with Tom Hanks than a comic book movie. That means it may not have a ton of action, but it more than makes up for it with constant laughs, an ensemble of likable characters, winning performances from Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer, and a massive heart.

Read Chris Bumbray’s review here!

 

1.) Wonder Woman

And here we are, and I can’t imagine you should be surprised. Over the years the DCEU has seen wild misfires and purely fun movies join its ranks, but nothing has the blend of spectacle and soul like Wonder Woman. Going back a solid 100 years from when we first saw her in BVS, the story traces Diana’s upbringing as the only child around on Themyscira, surrounded by warrior women hidden away from the rest of the world. Upholding the values of truth, justice, hope and peace, Diana accompanies the dashing Steve Trevor to the human world to put an end to World War I — which she believes is being caused by the God of War, Ares. At one point a charming fish-out-water story that gives rise to one of the most heroic moments put to film in the heart of No Man’s Land, Wonder Woman was made with confidence by Patty Jenkins, led with a statuesque command by Gal Gadot and told with a focused story that allows Diana to live up to her most heroic qualities. Even in a messy final fight, the morals of Diana shine through and the heart of the story is never lost, and the movie itself came at a time when the DCEU movies were lacking in just that — a heart. On its own and away from the others on the list, Wonder Woman is a towering achievement in the genre and deserves its place as one of the very best comic book origin stories yet. 

Read JimmyO’s review here!

Do you agree with Matt’s order? Talk back (nicely) below!

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Wonder Woman 1984 blooper reel highlights the laughs behind the scenes

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Wonder Woman 1984 blooper reel highlights the laughs behind the scenes
March 16, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Gal Gadot has shared a blooper reel for WONDER WOMAN 1984 that is both heartening as well as hilarious.

Gadot posted the new blooper reel to her official Twitter account on Tuesday, which features several of the film’s stars getting silly behind the scenes. What type of shenanigans do they get up to? Well, in addition to an unruly lasso, the reel also includes faulty hair extensions, Kristen Wiig slapping Gadot by accident, outtakes from Steve Trevor’s (Chris Pine) outfit montage, as well as a taste of Pedro Pascal’s twerking technique.

You can check out the blooper reel for yourself below: 

Ever wonder what filming with the most wonderful team looks like?
See more BTS moments when you get a Digital copy of #WW84, out today!@WonderWomanFilm pic.twitter.com/pbbdEGEo29

— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) March 16, 2021

Wonder Woman 1984 is still playing in select theaters, but you can purchase your very own copy of the film on 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital beginning on March 30th. However, if you need your Wonder Woman fix before the end of the month, there’s this little movie called Zack Snyder’s Justice League that’s premiering on HBO Max this Thursday. Have you heard of it? Who am I kidding? Of course, you have. The Snyder Cut has been inescapable for months, and the wait is almost over. Do you think Zack Snyder will eventually release a blooper reel for his ideal version of Justice League? Will it be four hours long? I certainly hope so.

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League Review

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League Review
Zack Snyder’s Justice League Review

March 15, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

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PLOT: Following the death of Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) recruit Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), Victor Stone (Ray Fisher), and Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) to join them as they try to save the world from the forces of Darkseid, led by the fearsome Steppenwolf.

REVIEW: When I visited the set of Justice League, way back in 2016, I had no idea what a rocky road this film was facing. I vividly remember visiting the London soundstage where it was being shot, meeting the cast, and chatting with director Zack Snyder about his epic vision for what DC hoped would be their answer to The Avengers. Little did I know their obsession with making it EXACTLY like The Avengers would lead to Snyder’s eventual dismissal from the project, with Joss Whedon being brought in to finish the film, which eventually came out in the fall of 2017 to terrible reviews and middling box office.

In the years following, rumors started to spread that Snyder had delivered a fully realized, alternate version of the film long before Whedon got involved. One that was so dark it spooked the studio. Thus the myth of the Snyder Cut was born. When HBO Max announced Snyder was going to finish his mythical cut, jaws dropped. Eyebrows were raised even further when Warner Bros revealed they would be ponying up $70 million to finish the film, which would be R-rated and run four hours. The run time was especially stunning, as the finished theatrical version ran under two.

No one was more of a “Doubting Thomas” than me, as I assumed Snyder had originally been aiming for a two-hour movie and we would be getting a crazy bloated rough cut. Watching the Snyder Cut, or as it’s now officially called, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, my jaw was on the floor throughout. This is no bloated extended version. It’s an epic superhero team-up that’s startlingly original, hugely influenced by Jack Kirby’s The New Gods, and somewhat akin to a DC version of Lord of the Rings. The Whedon cut, for what it is, has almost nothing in common with Snyder’s version. Maybe something like forty minutes of what Snyder originally shot ended up in there, but even the stuff that was used has very little resemblance to the original. Take for example Wonder Woman’s first big action scene, where terrorists try to set off a bomb in a bank. In the Whedon version, they crack wise and it’s relatively lighthearted. In the Snyder version, it’s gruesome and intense. Wonder Woman’s reaction to them is appropriately violent – and deadly.

The vast majority of the film is unseen footage, giving the movie an epic scope that’s striking. While the basic plot is similar, being that Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds ) wants to assemble the three mother boxes to pave the way for Darkseid to kill the planet, the two films have very little in common. Steppenwolf’s look has been changed, making him much more of a Lovecraft-looking baddie, with a strong plot that hints at him being an exhausted character desperate to break free from his enslavement to Darkseid.

The league themselves don’t assemble until much later in the film. A full three chapters of the six-chapter film has passed by the time the now assembled Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman and Cyborg meet with J.K Simmons’ Commissioner Gordon on the rooftop. The first half of the film spends a lot of time among the Amazons, with Connie Nielsen’s Hippolyta having a greatly enhanced role.

It makes the whole ordeal much more of a journey for Wonder Woman, with Gal Gadot getting a lot more to do here than she did even in WW84. She’s fully powered and not pre-occupied with Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor this time. The other character who emerges as more fully formed is Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, who, in essence, the whole film hinges on. He was a nothing character in the Whedon cut. Here he’s perhaps the most significant member of the League. Henry Cavil’s Superman, with his black suit, is also a much darker character, and refreshingly free of a CGI superstache. Ezra Miller’s The Flash also gets loads more screentime, with Kiersey Clemons showing up as Iris West in a cool scene, as well as Billy Crudup as his imprisoned dad. Joe Morton, who was barely in the Whedon version as Silas Stone is nearly a lead in this version. Probably the two characters who were left the most intact in the Whedon cut were Ben Affleck as Batman and Jason Momoa as Aquaman – although there are key differences for both. Momoa’s Arthur Curry emerges as a much more serious character, while Affleck’s Batman gets all the new material in the much-hyped Knightmare sequence which ends the film on a HUGE cliffhanger fans will be desperate to see resolved.

All in all, there’s no doubt in my mind that Snyder Cut devotees will be shocked at just how formidable this new version of Justice League is. Everyone else – my advice is this. Don’t think of it as a director’s cut. It’s really not. The Joss Whedon version of Justice League has barely any footage in common with this, beyond a few heavily modified sequences. This is a new movie and should be viewed as such. Hopefully, it’ll lead to more Snyder in the DCEU. It may seem unlikely but the mere existence of this movie proves nothing is off the table.

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Batman v Superman Enhanced Edition to stream on HBO Max next week

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Batman v Superman Enhanced Edition to stream on HBO Max next week
March 11, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Exactly one week from today, chances are pretty good that many of you will be streaming Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max, but that film isn’t the only DCEU flick landing on the streaming service that day as BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE will also be available. However, this won’t be the regular version of the film as it will offer enhanced colour and an expanded aspect ratio.

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Experience #BatmanvSuperman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition with enhanced color & expanded aspect ratio. Available on Digital and @hbomax in ONE WEEK. pic.twitter.com/TJRpddTYC6

— Batman v Superman (@BatmanvSuperman) March 11, 2021

Get ready to experience #BatmanvSuperman in a whole new way. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition available to own on Digital and stream on @hbomax 3/18. Available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 3/23. pic.twitter.com/sse4LlZVPX

— Batman v Superman (@BatmanvSuperman) March 4, 2021

RELATED: Gal Gadot almost quit acting before being cast as Wonder Woman

Zack Snyder has been working on this remaster of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice since last year, saying in an interview with I Minutemen that its meant to replace what he views to be a flawed version of the 4K Ultra HD release. “It’s meant to, especially for the special edition, it’s to replace the one that was kind of messed up a little bit… The Blu-ray I think, it was okay, but just not the [4K],” Snyder said. “I remember watching it on Apple movies or wherever it was, or somewhere, and going, ‘Wait, what? That’s not, that’s not correct.’ The reds were all blocked up, it was really weird.” Speaking of interviews, we’ve got our own exclusive interview with Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder coming up next week, so keep an eye out for those!

The newly enhanced and expanded Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be streaming on HBO Max on March 18th, along with Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and the remastered 4K Ultra HD release of Batman v Superman will drop on March 23rd.

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Wonder Woman 1984 was the streaming queen on Christmas week per Nielsen data

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Wonder Woman 1984 was the streaming queen on Christmas week per Nielsen data
January 29, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

WarnerMedia and HBO Max have been talking about how well WONDER WOMAN 1984 did on their streaming platform but, like most streaming services, they didn’t provide any hard numbers of significance. Despite their reluctance to release numbers, the Nielsen ratings service released the numbers they officially tracked for the film and Wonder Woman 1984, per Nielsen, racked up the most viewing time for a feature film to date via their tracking.

According to Nielsen, Wonder Woman 1984 became the biggest feature film in Nielsen’s rankings and one of the biggest streaming titles of any kind since Nielsen launched its streaming measurement. For the week of December 21-27, HBO Max users spent 2.25 billion minutes watching Wonder Woman 1984. That’s equivalent to about 14.9 million complete plays of the 151-minute movie. It’s also 580 million minutes more than Nielsen’s previously reported No. 1 for the week, Pixar’s Soul. The Disney+ title was able to claim bragging rights early on but, based solely on numbers tracked by Nielsen, Wonder Woman 1984 was victorious during that viewing period. The film also pulled in the third-highest weekly total for any title since Nielsen began releasing weekly streaming numbers in August 2020.

HBO Max executive VP and general manager Andy Forssell, had this to say about the success of Wonder Woman 1984 during their earnings call this week:

“The impact of Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max cannot be understated. As was announced on Wednesday during our earnings and as this Nielsen data shows, it was a huge holiday gift to the consumer at a time when they wanted and needed it. This partnership with Warner Bros. of course continues throughout the year but it began with Wonder Woman’s arrival on Christmas Day to great success.”

Nielsen does not yet track HBO Max streaming figures on a weekly basis, although it does count WarnerMedia as a client. The ratings service says that the release of viewing figures for Wonder Woman 1984 is a one-time-only view “as we work toward introducing the data externally.” It seems like since WarnerMedia is a client, something was worked out to get these numbers released because HBO Max really had something to prove by showing that the release strategy for the film was successful on some level. As of this writing, Wonder Woman 1984 has grossed $37.7 million at the domestic box office and $148.4 million globally on a reported $200 million budget. Money was left on the table here in regards to the theatrical release but touting these HBO Max numbers flips the narrative a bit on the overall success of the film.

HBO Max currently has about 17.2 million “activated” users which means those are the users who have downloaded the HBO Max app and started or upgraded a subscription. WarnerMedia and parent company AT&T say 37.7 million people have access to the streaming platform, including those who subscribe to HBO through a cable or satellite provider. For comparison’s sake, Netflix has nearly 74 million paid subscribers in the United States and Canada and 203.7 million worldwide while Disney+ had 86.8 million global subscribers as of December 2, 2020.

Are YOU surprised by Wonder Woman 1984’s numbers? You can check out the full Nielsen ratings list below!

1 (nr). Wonder Woman 1984* (HBO Max), 2.25 billion minutes viewed
2 (nr). Soul* (Disney+), 1.67 billion.
3 (2). The Office (Netflix), 1.44 billion
4 (nr). Bridgerton* (Netflix), 1.2 billion
5 (nr). The Midnight Sky* (Netflix), 1.11 billion
6 (1). The Mandalorian* (Disney+), 1.02 billion
7 (nr). How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Netflix), 705 million
8 (3). The Crown* (Netflix), 700 million
9 (4). Grey’s Anatomy (Netflix), 691 million
10 (nr). The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two* (Netflix), 660 million

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Space Jam 2: first footage and more revealed in new HBO Max trailer

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Space Jam 2: first footage and more revealed in new HBO Max trailer
January 16, 2021 by: Mike Catalano

Well, isn’t this a sweet little treat! HBO Max just dropped a kick-ass trailer displaying the large slew of brand new movies it’ll be releasing this year both at home and in theaters on the same day! The trailer is right up top, so I suggest you click on it immediately!

I’m really digging the wide range of top studio films on display! We got glimpses of THE SUICIDE SQUAD, Godzilla vs Kong, Dune, Space Jam 2, Mortal Kombat, The Conjuring 3 and much more! How’s that for entertainment?!

Now, I’m well aware that some industry folk aren’t big fans of this whole same-day release schedule, but that shouldn’t matter to us viewers during these pandemic times. I just hope these films don’t follow in the mixed-bag footsteps of Wonder Woman 1984. How do you guys feel? Are you pumped to take in these forthcoming flicks? Please let us know in them comments below!

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Wonder Woman 1984 has a third weekend on top of the box office

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Wonder Woman 1984 has a third weekend on top of the box office
January 10, 2021 by: Dave Davis

Diana is still holding on…

For its third weekend in theaters (the few that remain open anyway), the PG-13 superhero sequel WONDER WOMAN 1984 stayed on top of the box office with an estimated $3 million.

The second solo adventure for Diana of Themyscira now has a domestic total of $32.6 million since it first arrived on screens (and via streaming) on Christmas Day. It has roped in a worldwide total of $131.4 million.

The $200 million movie from director Patty Jenkins will be available for home viewing through the HBO Max application for two more weeks, after which the only option will be to see it theatrically. But with only 40% of all theaters still open across North America, that ultimately may not equate to significant business.

With the pandemic still in full swing, it should come as no surprise that it’s highly unlikely for the Warner Bros. release to catch the total of TENET, the studio’s other major movie to hit screens during the coronavirus crisis. Christoper Nolan’s time-inverting thriller opened on 2800 screens at the beginning of September and sat atop the chart for five weekends, eventually finishing with $57.9 million domestic and $363 million worldwide. (The biggest movie of 2020 that had a “true” wide release was last January’s BAD BOYS FOR LIFE, with $204 million domestic and a global total of $424 million.)

Again in second place was Universal’s animated THE CROODS: A NEW AGE with $1.8 million. On its seventh weekend, the PG-rated DreamWorks sequel (which has also been available through premium VOD for three weeks) has a domestic total of $36.8 million and $127.8 million worldwide, on a  reported cost of $65 million.

In third place was the PG-13 drama NEWS OF THE WORLD with $1.24 million on its third weekend. The Tom Hanks Western from director Paul Greengrass has a ten-day domestic total of $7.1 million since it opened on Christmas Day.

The PG-13 action movie MONSTER HUNTER held onto fourth place with $1.1 million, bringing director Paul W.S. Anderson’s $60 million videogame adaptation to a domestic total of $7.8 million and $17.4 million worldwide after four weekends.

In fifth place was director Deon Taylor’s R-rated thriller FATALE with $670,000 over its fourth weekend. The Lionsgate movie (now also available on VOD) with Hilary Swank and Michael Ealy has a domestic total of $4.01 million.

On the bottom half of the list, R-rated black comedy PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN was in sixth place with $560,000 as it pushed to 1450 screens on its third weekend. The Sundance fave with Carey Mulligan as a vigilante has a domestic total of $2.7 million.

The Italian adaptation of classic fairy tale PINOCCHIO was in seventh place for a domestic total of $1.1 million since its Christmas release. In eighth place was the stalwart Robert De Niro family comedy THE WAR WITH GRANDPA, now 14 weekends in the Top 10. Supernatural thriller COME PLAY and Mexican import comedy HALF BROTHERS hung onto the bottom on a handful of screens.

Unlike the past several months, there weren’t any surprise catalog titles appearing on the chart this week. We may still see a few during the next few weekends considering the lack of major releases on the horizon — right now the Liam Neeson action-drama THE MARKSMAN, the Denzel Washington serial-killer thriller THE LITTLE THINGS and Sony’s musical update of CINDERELLA will be the primary options over the next month… assuming they stick to their dates.

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Wonder Woman 1984
$3 M
$32.6 M

2.
The Croods: A New Age
$1.8 M
$36.8 M

3.
News of the World
$1.24 M
$7.1 M

4.
Monster Hunter
$1.1 M
$7.8 M

5.
Fatale
$0.67 M
$4.01 M

6.
Promising Young Woman
$0.56 M
$2.7 M

7.
Pinocchio
$0.208 M
$1.1 M

8.
The War with Grandpa
$0.147 M
$19 M

9.
Come Play
$0.095 M
$9.6 M

10.
Half Brothers
$0.06 M
$2.1 M

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Awesome Art We’ve Found Around The Net: Cobra Kai, Looper, Soul, Spider-Man

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Awesome Art We’ve Found Around The Net: Cobra Kai, Looper, Soul, Spider-Man
January 9, 2021 by: Theodore Bond


Some cliche somewhere said that 'a picture is worth a thousand words.' This has proven to be the case for me and especially when it comes to fan art. I have always sought out great fan art and have wanted to share it with as many people as possible. "Awesome Art We've Found Around The Net" is the outlet for that passion. In this column, I will showcase the kick-ass artwork of some great artists, with the hopes that these artists get the attention they deserve. That's the aim. If you have any questions or comments, or even suggestions of art or other great artists, feel free to contact me at any time at [email protected].

Apocalypse Now by Nick Charge

A Clockwork Orange by Camille Joblin

Cobra Kai by Alex G.

Dracula by Daryl Joyce

The Iron Giant by Dave Sherrill

Looper by Genzo 

The Rocketeer by Graham Corcoran 

Soul by Julien Rico Jr 

Spider-Man by Marcus "MAS" Smith 

Terminator 2: Judgement Day by Carles Ganya

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Cobra Kai, Looper, Soul, Spider-Man

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The Mandolorian, Rocky, Wonder Woman

Home Alone, Klaus, Krampus

The Departed, Gremlins, Tron

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Zack Snyder shares brutal photo of Wonder Woman during Crimean War

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Zack Snyder shares brutal photo of Wonder Woman during Crimean War
January 5, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Before Gal Gadot took center stage with WONDER WOMAN, the actor first brought the Amazonian warrior to life in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where the first teases of her involvement in World War I were revealed; However, World War I wasn’t the first historical conflict that Warner Bros. had in mind for the character, as she was initially supposed to have been involved in the Crimean War. The conflict took place between the Ottoman Empire (and their allies) and the Russian Empire from 1853 to 1856, and it was one of the first wars to be widely documented with photographs.

RELATED: Patty Jenkins details battles with Warner Bros. over Wonder Woman

As we know, Batman v Superman revealed a photograph from World War I showing Wonder Woman (Gadot), Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and their compatriots, but before it was decided that World War I would be the time-period of Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. was also considering setting the film during the Crimean War, and Zack Snyder has revealed a different photo that was developed when that was the case. The photo is considerably more brutal as it shows Wonder Woman clutching several severed heads. Yikes. You can check out the photo below.

RELATED: How many kills were in 2017’s Wonder Woman?

In a caption accompanying the image, Zack Snyder wrote, “Wonder Woman 1854 – This amazing image shot by Stephen Berkman of an else-world, war weary Diana, who had chased Aries across the battlefields of the world and had yet to meet Steve, who would help her restore her faith in mankind and love itself.” When it came to Wonder Woman beheading people, Patty Jenkins recently revealed that that was a sore spot between the studio and herself in the early days.

They wanted to hire me like a beard; they wanted me to walk around on set as a woman, but it was their story and their vision. And my ideas? They didn’t even want to read my script. There was such mistrust of a different way of doing things and a different point of view. So that was definitely happening, even when I first joined ‘Wonder Woman’ it was like, ‘uhh, yeah, ok, but let’s do it this other way.’ But I was like, ‘Women don’t want to see that. Her being harsh and tough and cutting people’s heads off, that’s not what— I’m a ‘Wonder Woman’ fan, that’s not what we’re looking for. Still, I could feel that shaky nervousness [on their part] of my point of view.

Wonder Woman 1984 is now playing in theaters (check out a review here) and streaming on HBO Max, and Jenkins is also set to return for Wonder Woman 3 as well.

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Patty Jenkins says Warner Bros. wanted her to cut an opening scene in WW1984

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Patty Jenkins says Warner Bros. wanted her to cut an opening scene in WW1984
December 30, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

If you have had the chance to watch WONDER WOMAN 1984 you know that the film opens with two rousing opening sequences that help launch the film. The first features a young Diana Prince (played by Lilly Aspell) back in the Amazon while the other is the high-octane mall action scene that sets up the lighter tone of the sequel. The two scenes are some of the best in the film (and the last bit of action you get for over an hour) but Warner Bros., according to director Patty Jenkins, was not into having two opening scenes and wanted her to cut one of them.

Patty Jenkins revealed this tidbit during a Zoom chat that our very own JimmyO was lucky enough to sit in on with a small group of journalists. The director had this to say about the opening scene:

“It was not always written in. It was the success of the first film, but it was also something else. I wouldn’t have jammed it in there because of the success of the film, because it actually made the movie too long. We have two openings in our movie and we would talk about it with the studio all the time and they would say, ‘You’ve got to cut the mall and the Eighties, or you’ve got to cut the Amazon.’ I was like, we can’t, we can’t cut either.”

At the end of the day, Jenkins got her way and was able to keep both scenes in the film. Jenkins felt like she needed to keep the Amazon scene in the film as it helps people who aren’t particularly up to date in the world of DC Comics. She goes on to say “The reason I ended up realizing that you need the Amazon is because…you do that thing where you’re like, wait, you have to remember all the people that haven’t seen the first Wonder Woman who watch this on a plane and suddenly it’s like, oh, it’s super hard to understand who Diana is and what’s going on without touching base there.”

What’s interesting about this info is that Jenkins seems to have seen her fair share of opposition from Warner Bros. that wasn’t really revealed until the release of Wonder Woman 1984. Jenkins made it known that Warner Bros. was the one that wanted the CGI-dominated climax of the first film that critics weren’t keen on, despite their love for just about everything else in the film. While Jenkins did not disclose the original ending of 2017’s Wonder Woman, she did say it was far more pared down than what Warner Bros. forced her to include.

“The original end of the first movie was also smaller but the studio made me change it at the last minute. And so, that’s always been a little bit of a bummer that that’s the one thing people talk about because I agreed and I told the studio we didn’t have time to do it, but it was what it was. I ended up loving it, but that was not the original ending of the movie.”

Jenkins also made it known that she nearly didn’t return for the Wonder Woman sequel due to monetary disagreements with Warner Bros. While they eventually came together on a deal, originally Jenkins wasn’t being offered what they would’ve coughed up for some of her peers:

I started to walk away. I was gonna’ walk away. I even said I’d be happy to go to another studio and make a quarter as much because it’s not a sequel, on principle, no problem. It’s interesting as someone who never made any profit in my career up until Wonder Woman, that I was always at peace with it. I was like, ‘Hey I get it.’ But now I was like, ‘Listen, I never made any money in my career because you always had the leverage and I didn’t.’ But now the shoe is on the other foot so it’s time to turn the tables.

Despite any disagreements with the studio, Patty Jenkins is returning to direct the final installment of the Wonder Woman trilogy so I guess the relationship is healthy enough to remain in business together. At the end of the day, it’s always going to be a push and pull scenario with any studio over the creative direction of a project. You win some, you lose some, and in the case of two opening scenes for Wonder Woman 1984, it’s a battle that Jenkins clearly won.

What are YOUR thoughts on the two opening scenes? Were two of them really necessary?

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Disney+ beat HBO Max in subscriber gains over the Christmas holiday

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Disney+ beat HBO Max in subscriber gains over the Christmas holiday
December 30, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

Disney+ and HBO Max both released high-profile films that were originally slated to do huge business at the domestic box office. Pixar’s SOUL hit the Disney+ streaming service after coming off its November theatrical release date and Warner Bros. finally saw the release of Wonder Woman 1984, which had a simultaneous launch on HBO Max and in theaters that have reopened during the pandemic. Both releases provided a boost to their respective streaming services but, in the end, initial data shows that there was one platform that came out on top.

According to a new report via “Bloomberg News“,  both Soul and Wonder Woman 1984 gave their platforms a significant spike but Soul provided a larger bump for Disney+. Apptopia and Sensor Tower tallied mobile app downloads for both Disney+ and HBO Max and an estimated 2.3 million installations of the Disney+ app were registered globally following the release of Soul. This represents a 28 percent increase from the prior weekend. Meanwhile, HBO Max registered an estimated 554,000 downloads following the release of Wonder Woman 1984. While there is a clear winner in terms of raw numbers, there is more to be considered here.

First off, Disney+ is available in many countries around the world while HBO Max is only available in the U.S. This means that Disney+ had more opportunities to attract subscribers and app downloads during the Christmas weekend timeframe. These numbers also don’t account for downloads and signups on smart TVs, gaming consoles, Amazon Fire TV devices, or Roku devices. This will prove to be especially important for HBO Max as the service was finally made available on Roku devices just ahead of the release of Wonder Woman 1984.

Warner Bros. also had the advantage in terms of box office. Wonder Woman 1984 had a pandemic best 3-day weekend debut of $16.7 million. That means that a certain amount of viewers who might otherwise have turned to HBO Max watched the film in theaters instead. Soul skipped a theatrical release entirely and premiered purely on Disney+ in the U.S.

Both releases do count as a win for their respective studios and there are a lot of factors in play that determines the real winner. Disney+ won the Christmas battle on paper but HBO Max shouldn’t be counted out for their Wonder Woman 1984 debut as that particular service isn’t available worldwide and the DCEU movie also had a theatrical footprint that also affected the true potential of the HBO Max launch.

Did YOU expect Disney+ to beat HBO Max over the Christmas holiday? Which film was a priority for YOU over the holiday? Soul? Wonder Woman 1984? Leave your responses in the comment section below!

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Wonder Woman’s Connie Nielsen gave Snyder’s Justice League her blessing

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Wonder Woman’s Connie Nielsen gave Snyder’s Justice League her blessing
December 29, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser

Connie Nielsen has returned as Queen Hippolyta for WONDER WOMAN 1984, but she’ll leading the Amazon’s once more in Zack Snyder’s upcoming director’s cut of Justice League. The four-part version of the film will bring Snyder’s vision of Justice League to life and feature plenty of unseen footage, some newly filmed, and Nielsen recently spoke with THR about how Snyder contacted her to ask if she’d be okay with the new version.

RELATED: Wonder Woman 1984 is now the lowest-rated DCEU film on IMDB

I don’t know the timing of one or the other, but Zack had already called me to ask if I would be okay with a reissue of the film with changes. And I asked him, “Well, will you bring back the Amazon chapter the way you had written it and had filmed it?” And he said, “Absolutely.” And then I said, “And Zack, will you also bring back my quite incredible stunt, running up the walls?” And he said, “You got it.” (Laughs.) So I said, “Yeah, definitely. You’ve got my blessing. Absolutely.”

Nielsen added that she wasn’t involved in any of the additional photography and didn’t return to do any ADR for Zack Snyder’s Justice League as all of her material had been filmed during the original production. “What was really sad was how much stuff we filmed that wasn’t in the film,” Nielsen said. “And I think that’s part of what made Justice League less cohesive as a viewing experience. The intent was not the same during the editing as it was during shooting.” Zack Snyder’s Justice League is expected to debut on HBO Max early next year.

RELATED: Wonder Woman 1984: Superhero sequel takes control of Christmas box office

Wonder Woman 1984 is now playing in theaters, as well as streaming on HBO Max in the U.S., and although the pre-release reviews were quite positive, audiences don’t seem quite as impressed with the sequel as they were with the first film. You can check out a review of Wonder Woman 1984 from our own JimmyO right here.

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Wonder Woman 1984 is now the lowest-rated DCEU film on IMDB

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Wonder Woman 1984 is now the lowest-rated DCEU film on IMDB
December 29, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

WONDER WOMAN 1984 has had quite the journey to its release which finally came on Christmas day. After several delays due to the pandemic, Wonder Woman 1984 finally made its debut but the response has been REALLY polarizing. The film currently sits with a 63% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes & the audience score clocks in at 72%. That’s down considerably from the 93% rating for the first film & the 84% audience score as well. Now, as we look at the IMDB rating, the film is taking a beating on that end as well.

According to IMDB, Wonder Woman 1984 holds a 5.7 rating, as of this writing. That puts it just below director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, which holds a 6. The decline from movie-to-movie is significant, as the original Wonder Woman is the top-rated DCEU movie on the site. It currently holds a 7.4 rating. Man of Steel and Shazam! follow, with both sitting at 7. Up next is Aquaman at a 6.9 and that’s followed by Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice at 6.4 and Justice League at 6.3. Birds of Prey rounds things out at 6.1.

IMDB isn’t a true barometer of the quality of a film because there is the issue of trolls giving films low scores, even when they haven’t seen the movie yet. This could be playing a factor in what’s going on with Wonder Woman 1984 but given how mixed the reaction has been as a whole, I suspect that this score isn’t too far off from where it would have typically fallen. I watched the film last night and while it had some positives, it was a definite mixed bag compared to its predecessor and there were major issues with the script. I didn’t mind the shift in tone when compared to the first film because that was to be expected given the more vibrant time period of the ’80s but the pacing was also an issue. After a rousing start that consists of two fun opening scenes, the movie slows to a snail’s pace for nearly an hour before more action transpires. A lack of action can be tolerated if the narrative is interesting enough to hold our attention but the film meanders for so long that you nearly lose interest in being invested.

Despite the middling reviews, the film has grossed $85 million worldwide to date & its $16.7 million 3-day opening is the best we’ve seen during the pandemic. Considering how mixed some are on the film, I wonder how well the movie would be doing in a normal box office climate. Mixed reviews travel fast & it can definitely hurt the box office. The big mystery in all of this is if Wonder Woman 1984 could actually overcome some of the mixed response if moviegoing was 100% healthy.

There is more good news to go along with the as good as can be expected box office. On the HBO Max side of things, WarnerMedia reports that Wonder Woman 1984 was viewed by “nearly half of the platform’s retail subscribers viewing the film on the day of its arrival, along with millions of wholesale subscribers who have access to HBO Max via a cable, wireless, or other partner services. HBO Max also saw the total viewing hours on Friday more than triple in comparison to a typical day in the previous month.”

What are YOUR thoughts on the IMDB rating? Is it deserved? 

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Wonder Woman 3 Will Be Swinging Our Way!

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Wonder Woman 3 Will Be Swinging Our Way!
December 27, 2020 by: Mike Catalano

Warner Bros. wasted little time in announcing that we will be getting a third Wonder Woman movie. The sequel, WONDER WOMAN 1984, just released this past Christmas Day and has already made $85 million worldwide with a $16.7 domestic debut. Apparently, WW3 is being fast-tracked with both star, Gal Gadot, and director, Patty Jenkins, returning.

As fans around the world continue to embrace Diana Prince, driving the strong opening weekend performance of Wonder Woman 1984, we are excited to be able to continue her story with our real life Wonder Women – Gal and Patty – who will return to conclude the long-planned theatrical trilogy,” said Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

I’ve yet to see WW84 and have been hearing it’s kind of a mixed bag. I wonder if that’s why they wasted no time in announcing part 3? To sort of keep the Wonder Woman news pumping along? What do you guys think? Do you want a Wonder Woman 3 and if so, in what direction would you like to see it go? Fire them comments below!

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Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins Talks other Superheroes She’d like to direct

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Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins Talks other Superheroes She’d like to direct
December 27, 2020 by: Mike Catalano

You guys see WONDER WOMAN 1984 yet? Well yesterday, a whole bunch of people checked out the flick in a live Twitter watch party along with director, Patty Jenkins. She was answering questions during the viewing and gave a rather interesting reply when asked about what other superheroes she’d be interested in directing. Here’s her response:

Thank you for the question. Probably Superman, Spiderman or Black Widow! So much potential with all of them, always. https://t.co/zDtxgZuwM9

— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) December 26, 2020

That be some big time answers, I says! Honestly, I’d love to see Miss Jenkins take on the likes of Superman! Maybe even a Wonder Woman and Superman team-up movie?! What do you guys think? Are there any other superheroes you think Patty Jenkins could or should tackle? Please fire them comments below!

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Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins Talk Wonder Woman 1984 (Interview) SPOILERS

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Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins Talk Wonder Woman 1984 (Interview) SPOILERS
December 26, 2020 by: JimmyO

WARNING – HEAVY SPOILERS AHEAD! DO NOT READ UNTIL AFTER WATCHING WW84!

Ever since Wonder Woman burst onto the silver screen, the anticipation for a sequel has been very prevalent amongst many a movie lover. And with its upcoming theatrical release along with its simultaneous HBO Max premiere, a whole lot of people will be returning to see what the iconic Amazonian Princess has in store. Well thankfully, writer/director Patty Jenkins is back to bring us a very special return, one that may rise about the heights of its predecessor. While it may be a sequel, WONDER WOMAN 1984 feels like a fresh and excitingly unique adventure, one that continues to allow Gal Gadot to shine bright. As well, the new villains in town bring a whole lot of something extra as Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal are both terrific in the new film.

Recently, we had the amazing opportunity to not only see WW84 early, we also sat in for a Zoom chat along with a small group of journalists to talk about the upcoming feature with both Ms. Gadot and Ms. Jenkins. Even before the interview began, the filmmaker had this to say about the unusual release for a blockbuster in 2020.

“This is the moment, where this thing that we have could become something to give.” She added, “It was super hard to decide to do [release theatrically and on HBO Max] but the second they mentioned the idea to me, I was like, oh my God! The fact that we get to play in people’s houses on Christmas Day is like a great honor. Really, truly. I never thought I’d say that about streaming over theatrical. I’m going to go back to my old ways, down the road, but this is a special year. So to give people the film in any way they can is like really awesome.”

With that, we’re thrilled to offer this fantastic conversation with both the amazing twosome of Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins about their sensational new feature, Wonder Woman 1984. No matter how you choose to watch, you’re in for a massive treat! WW84 opens on Christmas in theatres as well as your own home!

Hey, how are you?

Gal Gadot: I’m okay. I’m good. How are you? I’m nervous and excited! You’re the first people we’re talking to who actually saw the movie. This is the first day we’ve had this. So this is exciting.

Well we loved it. Honestly just fantastic. We’re all giddy, we’re all crying. We’re all in tears.

GG: Oh my God! That’s so great!

Patty Jenkins: Thank you so much. We’ve waited a long time to just get something like that. Like some feedback. So that just makes my year.

It was one of the best openings. That first sequence – it’s all fantastic – but that sequence in the Amazon…

GG: Truly special. I cried when I watched it.

And that ending speech that you give Gal, that’s when I broke. That’s emotionally when I started crying.

PJ: Thank you for that! Thank you! Because that speech, some people can like the movie for other reasons, and not realize, but that performance Gal gave, I said to her that’s one of the best performances that I’ve ever been involved with in my whole life. It was such a hard speech because its someone truly going to this place where they are talking to all of humanity, but in it themselves, guilty of it themselves. That means so much to me. I so appreciate that.

GG: Thank you so much. I’m humbled. I don’t know what to say guys, you’re the best! We could talk for hours.

Something I really appreciated was seeing not only physical vulnerability, which we saw some emotional vulnerability in the first one, but can you talk about adding that dimension to Diana from both Patty and Gal?

PJ: My favorite thing about what we were trying to do with the story is that Wonder Woman makes the mistake too. That’s how important it was to me, it was so important to not be pointing a finger at the bad guy. We’re all guilty. We all want what we want. I still believe it myself. We want what we want and there’s a price, and we don’t want to look at what the price is. Or we can’t let go of what we thought we needed to have. I loved the idea that here’s this villain who does it for one reason, and here’s the other villain who does it for another reason. Even Diana wants to look the other way when even her power is putting mankind and the whole world in danger, she just can’t believe there’s not another way. And to me that was such a wonderful thing to watch Gal play, you know.

GG: Totally. And I feel like in the first movie she saw the flaws with mankind, and she was there to say, this is not right, this is not how it should be done. You know, we should all be about love and together and peace, and all that. This time is was more interesting to put her in the same perspective as everyone else because – and this is such a universal thing – we all want something, we all want more. And the fact that she has this flaw as well, just makes her more interesting and it gave me a lot more to play with rather than being the straight one that always knows what’s right. It just felt like it was more interesting. And it was a really good choice that Patty made, that we’re all going to be in the same perspective and suffering from the same problem and paying the price for it. And then she will have the catharsis to be the first one to give it up. And then, you know, the rest of the world.

It would’ve been so easy to just rehash the same premise of the first one but in a different setting, you know, it’s the same premise but now it’s WWII, or now it’s in Vietnam, but this is a totally new concept, and a totally different kind of story. Can you talk about making that leap?

PJ: Thank you. I really appreciate that. It was funny, when we thought about what we wanted to do for the second film, I really like doing things for the first time. There’s something so fresh about discovery, and so electric about not knowing exactly how to do something. So it was so clear to me as we were even finishing the first film. I said, we’re not going to do more of this right? We know how to do this now, and I never wanted my crew and all of us subconsciously to be like, listen, I know how to do it, we went through this before.

So I made this big deal to everybody when it was carried in the press that it wasn’t a sequel, I kept saying that but it was for a different reason. I said this isn’t a sequel guys, we’re making a brand new film. And I even grabbed all of this artwork that influenced our ad campaign and started giving it to everybody and started saying this is what we’re making. We’re making Details magazine in the Eighties pop, you know, and I was like, that’s right, that’s how not the same [logo] this is so wrap your head around it. It’s a whole new movie.

Wonder Woman is the same person, and Steve is the same person so it’s definitely that. Yet I thought it was such a journey to create Wonder Woman in the first film. What I wanted to do this time was make a Wonder Woman movie. Totally different. What is Wonder Woman in this world and what does she stand for in this world? She stands for something so unique in the way that she stands for love and is God-like in the fact that she’s really trying to do the best for people, and not sure exactly what’s the right decision. Anyway, the story just kind of came to me and I loved the idea of doing a brand new movie that felt tonally different.

You really do something different with the villains as well. Can you talk about adding a bit of humanity in with them?

PJ: Yeah, I loved getting to do that. First of all, I loved some of the villains that I grew up with where you had a really interesting and funny and dynamic character. In this one, not unlike my desire to make Monster, and talk about why people do the things they do, I loved the challenge of saying like, “Okay, so how does this person become a superhero? What is the struggle and their journey to get there? How does this person become a villain?” Particularly with Max, I loved the fact that he’s so preoccupied with trying to live up to this thing probably because of his own father or whatever, to tell his son I’m gonna be a winner and his son never cared about that. Like nobody cared about it. It’s in your own head that you have to become this person to be worthy of love. Watching that storyline and how far he’s willing to go, and watching Cheetah’s storyline and how far Barbara is willing to go just to feel adequate. It was important, because I think that’s hopefully the important subtext of the movie, is that we are all these people. We all have our moments of knowing that we could choose not to do the heroic thing because there’s some hole we need to fill. When we’re facing what we’re facing in the modern world, we’re all going to have to start facing sacrifice and thinking on a global scale about caring for each other, you know? That was something I really cared about bringing to all these people.

One of the things I loved so much about this film is there’s such care in trying to make sure we see Diana saving people and even saving people that are acting antagonistically towards her. So I’d love to hear you weigh in on why it was so important to show that side of Diana in this film?

GG: This is part of the reason why we decided that she shouldn’t have a sword or a shield. Diana is not aggressive. She’s not there to fight. She’s a peacemaker. She also has the higher understanding that people are not bad per say, you know? Continuation to what Patty just mentioned, we’re all the same, we all have our moments where we don’t do the right thing in order to fill this hole. She assumes the best out of people, and her default is always to protect them and she leads by example. For her, humankind, they’ll get it, they’ll understand it eventually, but she will always do and give whatever she has in order to bring goodness to humankind.

PJ: And not one person dies in the whole movie. You may or may not notice, but we went out of our way, because if all these people were under the power of something else, then it’s not their fault. I loved dealing with that. It’s not their fault that they’re attacking you, so it became hilariously entertaining that she’s got the guy going in the car off the road but his breaks still work. Or no Steve, you can’t use the sword…

GG: Or the gun. Yeah, exactly.

PJ: Yeah, it’s not their fault. It was fun to try and do that. And our stunt guys and everything, we laid out the challenge in the beginning to not show death. People get pretty burnt probably [Laughing], but there’s no death and no shooting.

GG: Yeah, no dead bodies.

When did you realize you’d bring back Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright? Was that always written in? Was it because of the success of the first film?

PJ: It was not always written in. It was the success of the first film, but it was also something else. I wouldn’t of jammed it in there because of the success of the film, because it actually made the movie too long. We have two openings in our movie and we would talk about it with the studio all the time and they would say, you’ve got to cut the mall and the Eighties, or you’ve got to cut the Amazon. I was like, we can’t, we can’t cut either. The reason that I ended up realizing that you need the Amazon is because I suddenly, you do that thing where you’re like, wait, you have to remember all the people that haven’t seen the first Wonder Woman who watch this on a plane. And suddenly it’s like, oh, it’s super hard to understand who Diana is and what’s going on without touching base there. I love the fact that you hear all of the ‘being a great hero takes your whole life,’ you know? So there was this wisdom there that they were trying to tell her which is not about being the strongest or the fastest, it’s about these complex observations you have to make during life in order to become a true hero. I love that she doesn’t understand that until that final speech.

The flight sequence reminded me of the same type of feeling that came from watching the Richard Donner classic Superman, especially the Lois Lane flight sequence. Was that an inspiration for this at all?

PJ: Yes. Definitely. I love that. I love that. That scene is one of my favorite scenes in film history. So I loved it, and so secretly, people were all like, “what’s the ‘No Man’s Land’?” I was always like, there’s not going to be a ‘No-Man’s Land.’ But in a way, that is the ‘No Man’s Land.’ It’s a different moment where she has to make the brave choice by herself. So facing grief in that way was the ‘No Man’s Land’ and it does carry that emotion of Steve with her up into the sky. So yeah, that’s a great compliment and I’m happy to hear that.

Loved it.

PJ: The kind words today meant so much to us. I really, really appreciate it. I really appreciate it. Thank you guys for taking time with us.

GG: Thank you so much!

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Wonder Woman 1984: What Did You Think?

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Wonder Woman 1984: What Did You Think?
December 25, 2020 by: Chris Bumbray

Well, it’s Christmas Day and you know what that means? It’s finally time for WONDER WOMAN 1984 – which is making its debut on HBO Max in the states, while in Canada, it’ll be available on PVOD for a fairly steep $29.99 rental. Everywhere else, it’s out in theaters, while much of Europe will get it on PVOD in January. 

Now that it’s out and you’ve all gotten the chance to see it, it’s time for you all to weigh in. Did it live up to your expectations? Our critic JimmyO loved it. Speaking for myself, well, I was a little underwhelmed. I enjoyed it overall but also found it took WAY too long to get going. The first hour is slow, the running time is bloated and the villains are non-existent. Yet, Gal Gadot is still a great Wonder Woman, while her chemistry with Chris Pine is terrific even if his role seemed ultimately unnecessary. I’d give it maybe a 6/10 (is it just me or was it oddly reminicent of Superman III?), but really, what we’re interested in is what YOU all thought, so make sure to weigh in below! And – of course beware of SPOILERS. BEWARE!!!

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Wonder Woman: Original Lynda Carter series launches on HBO Max

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Wonder Woman: Original Lynda Carter series launches on HBO Max
December 23, 2020 by: Steve Seigh

Hola, superhero fans! To mark the oncoming arrival of WONDER WOMAN 1984 on HBO Max, the WarnerMedia-owned platform has announced that the original Wonder Woman television series, starring Lynda Carter, is now available to watch on the streamer.

This means that fans of punching injustice in its stupid face can enjoy 60 episodes of the 1970s series right now as well as The New Original Wonder Woman TV movie pilot that aired in November 1975 before Carter stole hearts as Diana on a semi-weekly basis in 1976.

I am excited to share that Wonder Woman: The Complete Series is now streaming on @HBOMax, alongside @PattyJenks‘ and @GalGadot‘s Wonder Woman, and soon #WW1984! Tell me about your favorite on-screen Wonder Woman moments in the comments ???????????? pic.twitter.com/EycErpyT3e

— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) December 23, 2020

Led by Lynda Carter, the original Wonder Woman series depicts a version of the Amazonian Warrior Princess that fans at the time of its release had only ever hoped to dream of. With her lightning-quick reflexes, reliable Lasso of Truth, and impractical Invisible Jet, Diana Prince stood proudly against evil while not being afraid to give the patriarchy what for. Wonder Woman remains a symbol of strength and virtue for people all over the world to this very day, and she’ll continue to do so for generations to come.

Knocking back a bunch of episodes of the original Wonder Woman series sounds like the perfect lead up to the Christmas Day launch of Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max. In addition to being wildly entertaining, the series will provide you with a great sense of perspective with regard to just how timeless DC’s Amazonian badass truly is.

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Wonder Woman 1984: WB confirms simultaneous release in Canada

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Wonder Woman 1984: WB confirms simultaneous release in Canada
December 11, 2020 by: Steve Seigh

Christmas is saved in Canada! How about that, eh?

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today its hybrid release strategy in Canada for the major superhero tentpole film WONDER WOMAN 1984. In recognition of varying market restrictions and to service the massive fan interest in the film, Canadians will have multiple ways to experience the hugely anticipated DC Superhero action-adventure. Fans and families will be able to enjoy the film on the big screen where available in theatres, or in the comfort of their own home through Premium Video on Demand (PVOD).

Wonder Woman 1984 will be available for rental via PVOD for $29.99 beginning on Friday, December 25 (price listed Canada SRP). The title will be available via participating digital platforms.

RELATED: Wonder Woman 1984: Patty Jenkins gets candid about HBO Max release

I’m not going to lie, friends. As a Canadian resident, I was rather salty by the idea of The Great White North being left out in the cold with regard to the release of Wonder Woman 1984. Not only are we about to enter a “Red Zone” COVID restriction period this coming Monday (in Ontario), but many theaters are still shuttered due to the pandemic. In other words, it would have been really difficult, not to mention dangerous, to try and catch Diana in theaters this holiday. Now, thanks to the power of technology, we Canadians can enjoy the film in the comfort and safety of our own homes.

In Wonder Woman 1984, the fate of the world is once more on the line, and only Wonder Woman can save it.  This new chapter in the Wonder Woman story finds Diana Prince living quietly among mortals in the vibrant, sleek 1980s – an era of excess driven by the pursuit of having it all.  Though she’s come into her full powers, she maintains a low profile, curating ancient artifacts and only performing her superheroic acts incognito.  But now, Diana will have to step directly into the spotlight and muster all her wisdom, strength, and courage in order to save mankind from a world of its own making.

Wonder Woman 1984 will land in select theaters, on HBO Max, and on Premium Video on Demand (PVOD) on December 25th. It’s a Christmas miracle if there ever was one!

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Wonder Woman 1984: Patty Jenkins gets candid about HBO Max release

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Wonder Woman 1984: Patty Jenkins gets candid about HBO Max release
December 10, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

WONDER WOMAN 1984 was chosen to lead the way with an unprecedented release strategy that sees the film hitting the HBO Max streaming service and movie theaters on the same day. It was a move that was praised by exhibitors until Warner Bros. made the decision to release their 2021 film slate of seventeen films in the same manner. It was a decision that the studio wasn’t entirely transparent about with their major players involved in these various films but before that massive power play was made, Wonder Woman 1984 was to be the test subject, and director Patty Jenkins is getting candid about the decision as she says there was “no good option” for the film’s release in the wake of the pandemic.

Jenkins discussed the decision during an interview with Jess Cagle on the “SiriusXM Stars” channel via that will air in its entirety next week but she does get pretty honest in the snippet that has been released about how she’s not entirely for the plan but it’s what they had to do:

“If you had told me a year ago that we would ever go straight to streaming in any way, shape or form, I would have flipped out. Like I’m not for that plan in general, you know, I’m, I’m, I’m very pro theatrical release and I will be that again, as soon as this is over. However, this is such a crazy year. It’s such a crazy year. It’s like all of us are trying to figure out with our lives, how to do everything the best we can. And so I kept saying there is no good option. Like when we would talk about it, there was no good option. Wait until when. And then every movie in the world tries to come out at the same time. And you know, there was no good option. I literally gasped a little bit when the pitch for this idea was said, because I was like, ‘Oh, the idea of it going into people’s homes on Christmas Day.”

It appears that at the end of the day, Jenkins felt like it would be the best kind of gift on Christmas day for people to see the film however they are able to to see it. The director added, “I just was like, you know what, that’s actually pretty incredible to get to share whether, you know, it’s Christmas for people or not the holiday season and in this moment to just try to reach people however they can see it.”

What seems to be the case with Jenkins doesn’t seem to be the situation with the other filmmaking talent that found out the news that their Warners films would be hitting streaming and theaters on the same day. There are various reports that James Gunn, who directed The Suicide Squad, isn’t thrilled with the decision and the same can be said for Dune’s Denis Villeneuve. Christopher Nolan was pretty vocal about how poor he thought the decision was during interviews with “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Hollywood Reporter” but since he went public with his displeasure, some have pointed out that his insistence that Tenet got a proper theatrical release, which underperformed domestically, is the reason Warner Bros. had to look into this release plan. They threw a $200 million film out into a marketplace that wasn’t back online 100% and while the global numbers are pretty good, it was clear that not even a Nolan film could really break the 2020 COVID curse in the States. 

A report from “The New York Times” suggests that in the days leading up to the announcement for Wonder Woman’s release strategy that Warner Bros. approached two of Hollywood’s biggest talent agencies, William Morris Endeavor, which represents Gal Gadot, and Creative Artists, which represents Patty Jenkins, to get them both on board for the new plan. According to the report, the agencies wanted to know how the studio intended to reimburse their clients for the profits lost from streaming the film since the movie likely would have made a lot more money for Gadot, Jenkins, and their agencies if the film would’ve had a purely theatrical release. It’s said that “After a tense negotiation, Warner Bros., which is owned by AT&T, agreed that Ms. Gadot and Ms. Jenkins would each get more than $10 million, according to two people with knowledge of the deals, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private agreements.” If that’s the case, it’s no surprise why Gadot and Jenkins got on board so fast because at least they were included in the deal-making as all these changes were beginning to take place.

What are YOUR thoughts on Wonder Woman 1984’s release strategy? Was this the only good option?

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HBO Max’s free trial period has been discontinued

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HBO Max’s free trial period has been discontinued
December 7, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

WarnerMedia and HBO Max have been in the news a lot lately thanks to its decision to debut WONDER WOMAN 1984 on the service on Christmas day which was then followed by the even bigger news that the studios’ 2021 film slate of seventeen films would also debut on the service on the same day as their theatrical release. This decision is bound to push subscribers to the new streaming service but one key option will be missing at sign-up. 

HBO MAX’s free trial period has been quietly discontinued mere weeks before Wonder Woman 1984 makes its Christmas day debut on the service. While the free trial option has been removed, the streaming service is now offering a 20 percent discount if you sign up for six months:

“Total discounted price is $69.99, plus applicable tax. Offer valid from December 3, 2020 to January 15, 2021.”

The move isn’t entirely surprising considering the fact that Wonder Woman 1984 streaming for on HBO Max means a significant chunk of its box office potential has been diminished. The option to watch the film for free reduces profits for the studio but if fans are willing to go all-in and subscribe to HBO Max to watch the movie, Warner will be able to recoup at least some of their losses. The release pattern is certainly unprecedented and they’re likely taking this all day by day because there really is no previous model to work from. Money has to be made and making decisions like doing away with the free trial for HBO Max is just another step to make sure that happens. 

Ann Sarnoff, Chair and CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Network Group, hinted that the situation is becoming increasingly more desperate because it has been hard to predict how the pandemic has really hurt the industry. Warner Bros. tested a theatrical run for Tenet, despite not being able to play the film to its full theatrical potential and it’s a move that backfired a bit at the domestic box office. Tenet has had a pretty good run overseas, grossing $302 million from international markets but its domestic take of $57.6 million doesn’t come close to matching its massive $200 million budget. Sarnoff previously said this about the company’s new distribution strategy:

“We’re living in unprecedented times which call for creative solutions, including this new initiative for the Warner Bros. Pictures Group. 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.”

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First Wonder Woman 1984 Reactions are Strong!

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First Wonder Woman 1984 Reactions are Strong!
December 5, 2020 by: Mike Catalano

It would appear that the Twitter embargo for WONDER WOMAN 1984 has passed and those who have seen it are posting their initial reactions. The film seems to be unanimously adored with many praising its excitement, scope and 80s nostalgia. Our own Jimmy O. had the following opinion:

@WonderWomanFilm is a resounding success full of heart, loaded with action and villains with purpose! Joyful, thrilling, and tear inducing! I had the incredible honor of speaking with @GalGadot and @PattyJenks about this marvelous achievement! Look for it soon on @joblocom!! pic.twitter.com/A9K7FFtj8U

— Jïmm¥†ðtheO (@JimmytotheO) December 5, 2020

Here are a few other reactions: 

Yesterday I saw Wonder Woman 1984 at home & it was everything I needed & more. The movie is hugely ambitious, incredibly exciting, and full of much needed hope. It’s also very long, to a fault at times, but mostly it reminded me how wonderful a big blockbuster can make you feel. pic.twitter.com/6rYbHEzI7E

— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) December 5, 2020

I’ve seen #WonderWoman1984!@PattyJenks literally made an 80s movie in every way, making it so unique for today. It feels both bigger than the first WW while simultaneously more contained.

Lots of Diana Prince and some epic Wonder Woman moments as @GalGadot literally soars! pic.twitter.com/QluelKwYly

— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) December 5, 2020

Huge news: Wonder Woman 1984 is fantastic! The story is excellent & has a great, timely message; it packs in a ton of surprises; and amazing work is done with both Cheetah & Max Lord (Wiig & Pascal are both stellar). Get hyped, because it’s the real deal. #WonderWoman1984 #WW1984 pic.twitter.com/9UQLyxn3gx

— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) December 5, 2020

There you have it! Lots of high praise! I know this is only the first onslaught of quick reviews and those usually are positive in many cases, but I have a feeling that Wonder Woman 1984 is the real deal and can’t wait to check it out on HBO Max on Christmas Day! 

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AMC has some harsh words for Warner Bros. HBO Max release plans

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AMC has some harsh words for Warner Bros. HBO Max release plans
December 3, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser

Although we've certainly become accustomed to some unorthodox release strategies over the past year thanks to COVID-19, the cinematic world was still dealt a bit of a shock when Warner Bros. announced earlier today that they would be releasing their entire 2021 slate simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. It's a grand move for this strange new world, but not everyone is happy about it.

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AMC Theatres CEO Adam Aron responded to the big announcement and it's clear that he's not pleased, saying that WarnerMedia will be sacrificing a "considerable" profit if they move forward with these plans.

These coronavirus-impacted times are uncharted waters for all of us, which is why AMC signed on to an HBO Max exception to customary practices for one film only, Wonder Woman 1984, being released by Warner Brothers at Christmas when the pandemic appears that it will be at its height. However, Warner now hopes to do this for all their 2021 theatrical movies, despite the likelihood that with vaccines right around the corner the theatre business is expected to recover.

"Clearly, Warner Media intends to sacrifice a considerable portion of the profitability of its movie studio division, and that of its production partners and filmmakers, to subsidize its HBO Max start up," Aron continued. "As for AMC, we will do all in our power to ensure that Warner does not do so at our expense. We will aggressively pursue economic terms that preserve our business. We have already commenced an immediate and urgent dialogue with the leadership of Warner on this subject." It remains to be seen what the following year will bring, even with vaccines rolling out, but Aron is expecting that "moviegoers soon will be able once again to delight in coming to our theatres without any worry."

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When it was first announced that Wonder Woman 1984 would be the first Warner Bros. film to release simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max, AMC said that they were "fully on board" with the plan. "For many months, AMC has been in active and deep dialogue with Warner Brothers to figure out how best this cinematic blockbuster could be seen at AMC Theatres in these unprecedented times," Aron said at the time. "Given that atypical circumstances call for atypical economic relationships between studios and theatres, and atypical windows and releasing strategies, AMC is fully on board for Warner Brothers' announcement today." Although one film released in this fashion may have been okay, it's clear that AMC was caught by surprise by the studio's plans; in fact, Deadline says that most major exhibitors only received a heads up from WarnerMedia an hour before the plans were announced to the public.

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Adrianne Palicki reflects on failed Wonder Woman pilot

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Adrianne Palicki reflects on failed Wonder Woman pilot
October 20, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser

The year is 2011, and in just a few short years, Zack Snyder will cast Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman for BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. But for one brief moment, Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights) was the Amazonian Goddess. The actress signed on to play Wonder Woman in a pilot for a potential NBC series, and although the show had some major creative power behind it, the network ultimately passed.

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While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Adrianne Palicki looked back on her experience playing Wonder Woman, which was something of a dream come true. At a young age, Palicki fell in love with characters like Wonder Woman and Supergirl because she admired her older brother, who wrote comic-books. “Anything he did, I wanted to do,” Palicki said. “Of course, I gravitated toward these beautiful, strong women, wanting to be one eventually as this awkward child.” The Wonder Woman series originated from David E. Kelly (Big Little Lies) and would have offered up a new take on the superhero. The world would know Wonder Woman both as the Los Angeles-based superhero but also as her alter ego Diana Themyscira, “the leader of a large corporation that merchandises the Wonder Woman brand to fund her vigilante hustle.” But Wonder Woman would have had a third identity, this one a closely guarded secret, as Diana Prince, a “meek, bespectacled woman who owns a cat and enjoys romance movies.” Although it was a challenge, Palicki said that getting to play three takes on the same character was a lot of fun.

It was fun for me to get to play three different characters ultimately. I loved that David E. Kelley is really great at writing really strong women, and I found he did that beautifully in all of the different personas. What they all still had [in common] was this beautiful vulnerability of isolation.

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In addition to Adrianne Palicki, the Wonder Woman pilot also starred Cary Elwes as her business partner Henry, Tracie Thomas as her personal assistant Etta, Justin Bruening as her ex-boyfriend Steve Trevor, Elizabeth Hurley as Veronica Cale, her arch-nemesis, as well as future WONDER WOMAN 1984 star Pedro Pascal as her liaison to the LAPD. At the end of the day, NBC passed on the pilot. “It was devastating when it didn’t go. It was so big,” Palicki said. “I feel like maybe if it had been [made] one or two more years [later], it would’ve been a shoo-in.” Although Palicki ultimately wouldn’t get to be seen as Wonder Woman, she was thrilled when Gal Gadot took the role on the big-screen. “It’s so great to see this character come to life because it is important for young girls. She changed my life,” said Palicki.

Wonder Woman will next be seen in WONDER WOMAN 1984, which is still slated to hit theaters on December 25, 2020. Beyond that, Gal Gadot will also be back for Zack Snyder‘s director’s cut of JUSTICE LEAGUE that will launch on HBO Max in 2021.

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Wonder Woman 1984: Patty Jenkins lacks confidence in Christmas Day release

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Wonder Woman 1984: Patty Jenkins lacks confidence in Christmas Day release
October 16, 2020 by: Steve Seigh

When Warner Bros. announced last month that WONDER WOMAN 1984 would open on Dec. 25, Christmas Day, I, like many people I’m sure, had my doubts. This was the sixth time that Warners had rescheduled Princess Diana’s next big adventure, so unless the world is gifted some manner of Christmas miracle, it’s likely that the much-anticipated sequel will be moved once again. As it turns out, members of the core cast and crew also have little faith in the film’s Christmas Day debut, including Pedro Pascal, and the film’s director, Patty Jenkins.

Recently when asked about Wonder Woman 1984’s forever-shifting release dates, Variety says that Pascal “basically shrugged” as his response.

“As far as movie releases are concerned and the tremendous way that the industry is having to improvise around these circumstances, nothing is surprising,” Pascal said. “We’re all getting used to things shifting day-to-day, hour-to-hour, you know? That’s what we’re all dealing with.”

Damn you, coronavirus pandemic. Not only are you killing people and have left several businesses on the verge of collapse, but you’re also stepping to Wonder Woman, too? That’s quite the bold move, though I suppose you’re used to getting your way, eh?

In a separate interview, Variety asked Jenkins about her confidence in Diana coming to save Christmas for all the good boys and girls, but again, a grim picture was painted. “I don’t think anybody can be confident of anything right now,” Jenkins said. “We just don’t know what the course of COVID is going to be like.” However, before sounding like she was too defeated, Jenkins added that she’s “very hopeful” the film can open on its intended date. “It feels totally possible to me,” Jenkins was sure to point out.

“It’s unbelievably surreal,” Jenkins said. “The biggest surreality about it is it’s supposed to be one adventure, right? You sign on to the movie, you write the movie, you direct the movie, you make the movie, the movie comes out, and you move on. Instead, like, I spent three years doing one thing, seven days a week, and then I just popped out of it to just nothing. No evidence of that [work].”

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While continuing her talk with Variety, Jenkins remarked about dedicating one’s self to a tremendous film project that has yet to be released in theaters.

“It’s unbelievably surreal,” Jenkins said. “The biggest surreality about it is it’s supposed to be one adventure, right? You sign on to the movie, you write the movie, you direct the movie, you make the movie, the movie comes out, and you move on. Instead, like, I spent three years doing one thing, seven days a week, and then I just popped out of it to just nothing. No evidence of that [work].”

Before Jenkins took her position on the matter too far, she backed up a bit. “I mean, that’s not true. I still work on, you know, Doritos bags and stuff like that all the time,” she said. “For the longest time, the only people who’d seen the movie were the people who’d worked on the movie,” she elaborated. “We just showed our own agents. That was thrilling, to finally get to talk to people who didn’t know what the movie was. But it’s super weird to go from making a movie with such detail and being so excited for the experience of people getting to share in that with you, and then just going on to cleaning your house and cooking.”

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a mental (and physical) toll on us all, and that includes many of Hollywood’s heaviest hitters. It could very well be that we don’t see Wonder Woman 1984 until sometime next year, perhaps over the summer? From what I’ve gathered, Warners and Jenkins alike are determined to release WW 1984 in theaters, as opposed to shifting to HBO Max or some other PVOD arrangement. This being the case, it’s up to us to do what we can to quell the pandemic, so that we can all get back to our lives, which includes taking trips to the theater.

For the moment, Wonder Woman 1984 is still scheduled for a Christmas Day release, but we’ll see.

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Gal Gadot: Wonder Woman actress looks back on polarizing ‘Imagine” video

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Gal Gadot: Wonder Woman actress looks back on polarizing ‘Imagine” video
October 14, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

During the early days of the global pandemic, I think everyone was looking for some kind of way to ease through the pain of quarantine and lockdowns that had us confined to our homes. Celebrities often try to lend a helping hand in times like these and sometimes their efforts are met with praise while other times their attempts are met with collective eye rolls. WONDER WOMAN 1984 actress Gal Gadot found herself in the latter category when she organized a cover of John Lennon‘s “Imagine” with many of her celebrity friends. I actually covered that story here on the site and most of the comments weren’t expressing how thankful they were for the cover, in fact, most of them downright hated it and didn’t like the message being sent from Gadot and her celebrity counterparts that are way more financially secure than most and probably have no problem locking down behind their mansion doors. Because Gadot and the others were singing a song about how possessions don’t matter, the video was labeled as “tone-deaf” by countless critics and now Gadot is looking back on the video that most found “cringe-worthy.”

 

 
 

 

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We are in this together, we will get through it together. Let’s imagine together. Sing with us ? All love to you, from me and my dear friends. #WeAreOne ……. #KristenWiig #JamieDornan @labrinth @james_marsden @sarahkatesilverman @eddiebenjamin @jimmyfallon @natalieportman @zoeisabellakravitz @siamusic @reallyndacarter @amyadams @leslieodomjr @pascalispunk @chrisodowd @hotpatooties #WillFerrell @markruffalo @norahjones @ashleybenson @kaiagerber @caradelevingne @anniemumolo @princesstagramslam

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Gadot admits in a new interview with “Vanity Fair” that the “Imagine” video didn’t turn out quite as well as she had been hoping for, even though her heart was in the right place:

“Sometimes, you know, you try and do a good deed and it’s just not the right good deed. I had nothing but good intentions and it came from the best place, and I just wanted to send light and love to the world. I started with a few friends, and then I spoke to Kristen [Wiig]. Kristen is like the mayor of Hollywood. Everyone loves her, and she brought a bunch of people to the game. But yeah, I started it, and I can only say that I meant to do something good and pure, and it didn’t transcend.”

I think Gadot can be forgiven for trying to spread a little love, even if it didn’t come off as intended. It’s clear that her heart was in the right place and she was trying to use her large platform to add some levity to a pretty dire situation. Maybe if the video didn’t come out in March, at the start of quarantine and businesses shuttering nationwide, it would’ve been better received by most but I don’t think she should be faulted for trying to do something good during a pretty unprecedented time.

What Gadot likely won’t get wrong is her return as Wonder Woman in WONDER WOMAN 1984. The film is scheduled to come out on Christmas Day after several delays due to the pandemic and seeing as how 2020 has pretty much derailed every single major studio release this year, I’m thinking the film will be shifted once again to 2021 so it can reach its optimum audience. Gadot also has DEATH ON THE NILE on deck with the Agatha Christie adaptation expected to hit screens on December 18, 2020. Lastly, It was announced this week that Gadot will be re-teaming with director Patty Jenkins on a CLEOPATRA biopic with Gadot set to star. Pretty sure her continued success has made the “Imagine” video seem like a blip on an otherwise stellar career that is only continuing to prosper.

Do YOU think the “Imagine” video was misguided?

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