Wonder Woman Dumped on HBOmax

Wonder Woman Dumped on HBOmax

The studios are now making strategic business decisions on the basis of a projected Biden bailout. 

Wonder Woman 1984 is going to begin streaming on Warner Media’s HBOmax on Christmas Day. This will be in conjunction with a simultaneous release to whatever theaters are open to show it. 

If you take the No Time to Die asking price tag of 600 million as a benchmark for what a modern tent pole film has to make at the box office to turn a profit. There is no way it will be in the Black, it’s going to be a big loss for Warner Media. It is obvious that AT&T has decided to put Wonder Woman 1984 in the liabilities column for this tax year. 

I rather suspect it was going to end up there anyway.

Three years ago, Wonder Woman was a rather pleasant surprise for the deeply troubled DCU film brand.  After the disaster of Joss Whedon’s Justice League, Wonder Woman provided both very positive reviews, a decent box office take, and a heroine who wasn’t a feminist Mary Sue harpy.

Setting the story in World War One was a rather nice touch. When I was a little boy it was the old man’s war but to Zoomers it’s as long ago and far away as the battle of the Thermopylae.   And I can’t be the only one who is bored to tears with The Nazis being the villain in every movie that takes place before 1950.

Wonder Woman 1984 on the other hand looks fundamentally uninteresting.

Judging from the trailer, Wonder Woman comes across some magic MacGuffin that allows her to resurrect Steve Trevor. The antagonist is a stand-in for Orange Man Bad. And in order to maintain continuity with the present DCU, all events in this movie will have to reset to zero by the time the credits roll. Steve Trevor has been nowhere to be seen in the Zack Snyder/Joss Whedon movies, which guarantees he’s gonna be dead again. Seeing him sacrifice himself once was very touching, seeing him do it again is going to be boring as hell. And while I am personally nostalgic about the 80s but I am done with 80s nostalgia.

I don’t think it was ever going to do that well because Wonder Woman 1984 is just going to be filler material. 

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  • furor kek tonicus Reply

    ohmygardyousexistpig, YOU SHOWED BEWB ARMOR.

    i demand a full refund on my subscription fee.

    *flounces*

    November 21, 2020 at 10:02 pm
  • Bonesaw Reply

    @The Dark Herald – what would you do to try to save the DCU Movie franchise?
    Can it be saved, or should they just let it sit dormant for 5 or so years, wait for Marvel to show they’ve been irredeemably corrupted, then relaunch to try to take the top spot?

    My guess is that the MCU is going to quickly go really downhill. They’ll claim it’s 100% due to corona, but that’s merely one side of it.
    Corona makes the old movie model impossible as filming is going to be more logistically difficult and much more expensive unless productions are scaled down, and the potential revenue movies can generate will be reduced too – a real double whammy.

    But in reality the MCU was doomed anyway – just look at the movies of the current phase. Thor – Love and Thunder is one of the most embarrassing names I’ve ever heard for a movie, and sounds like a teen romance parody. Worse, they’re going for the female Thor storyline that caused much fan derision and backlash.
    The Black Widow movie is about 5 years too late, also the director has shown she doesn’t know anything about The Avengers, and described the movie in feminist terms that were an immediate turn off.
    No one cares about The Eternals or Shang Chi, and Dr Strange 2 isn’t enough to save them.
    Also Marvel had a falling out with the owners of the Spider-Man franchise, and he’s not going to be in the MCU anymore, and neither will his rogues gallery or assorted supporting cast.

    Add to that their focus on pushing Captain Marvel despite immense levels of fan backlash for the actress they cast, also their insistence on pushing the Islamic Ms Marvel, and the actor who played Black Panther dying causing them to do the obvious woke thing and making his young sister the next Black Panther despite this being an obviously terrible choice.

    The MCU is about to crash and burn.

    But Disney now has the rights to the X-Men movies.
    They can leave them on cooldown for a couple of years, then find a way to relaunch them as a separate franchise with little or no crossover with the avengers lines of stories (much like the comics where the marvel universe is kind of split into the Avengers half and the Mutant half).

    The only issue is they may struggle not to retread ground the silly X-Men movies have already done.
    The Bryan ‘pedo’ Singer X-Men movies have adapted many of the most iconic storylines, and created silly versions of most of the well known characters.
    If not for the New Mutants movie I’d have said that would be an interesting way to explore a new version of the xmen universe on screen. But that’s impossible now.
    Really the only option is just ploughing ahead with a new iteration of the xmen. Perhaps with the classic lineup. But it would feel too similar to the Singer version to have them facing off against Magnetto in their first movie.
    I honestly don’t know what they could do to make themselves feel fresh, different, and not like a rehash of Pedo Singer’s work. Maybe have them go to the Savage Land or something?

    November 23, 2020 at 5:26 am
  • thomas griffith Reply

    What we know currently: We know that retailers are down 52$ billion in rent. We know home mortgages and rents are down…..billions as well. We know we’re going to lose at least 20% of small businesses. That’s some very deep holes that the government is going to have to print it’s way out of. The real question is when does the hole get so deep that not even the government can climb out of it, and are we approaching that point.

    November 23, 2020 at 11:12 pm
  • Bonesaw Reply

    @thomas griffith
    The government don’t care about small businesses.
    They should, but they don’t.
    So long as enough multinational companies survive they’ll be happy as this situation is essentially starving out everyone and destroying the small guys, meaning even more market share for the big guys in the future.

    If th government gives money to Hollywood when there are more deserving real people out there th n it’ll be disgusting – but not a surprise.

    November 24, 2020 at 4:36 am
    • Corey Ashcraft Reply

      This is true. And those who enable it are always shocked when the ride ends. It’s like playing the most deadly game of musical chairs in which the elite always think the music never ends. When it does, they are usually completely unprepared for it.

      November 24, 2020 at 8:01 pm

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