The director has been very vocal about her views on the hybrid model developed by Warner.
Warner’s decision to send all of its 2021 releases (starting with Wonder Woman 1984) simultaneously to theaters and HBO Max hasn’t sat well with almost anyone. The major could face a lawsuit from its partner Legendary Entertainment on behalf of Dune and Godzilla vs. Kong, to which must be added the discontent of studio-based totemic filmmakers such as Denis Villeneuve and Christopher Nolan. One accused Warner of having killed the franchise (a rectification is currently being tested) and another called HBO Max the worst streaming service. Patty Jenkins, in a more diplomatic way, shares her argument.
The director of Wonder Woman 1984 recently showed her compliance with Nolan’s fierceness, though she said she could understand him because of the extraordinariness of the situation. Regardless of this matter, however, Jenkins has not messed around with little girls during the promotion of the Wonder Woman sequel, revealing to the media both Warner’s interference with the end of the first film and the salary dispute he had in around the second part. And, at one point, she’s also back to talking about the traditional show circuit, right now in such a delicate state not just because of the new Warner model, but also because of Disney + and the constant delay of premieres.
When asked if she would want to direct the third installment of Wonder Woman, Jenkins has taken the opportunity to send a letter to the studio. “We will see what happens. I do not know. I know that I would love to make a third film if circumstances allowed and the traditional film model were possible. I don’t know if I would if this didn’t exist ”, she replied. Wonder Woman 1984 premiered on December 18 in Spanish cinemas and on December 24 it arrived in the US both in theaters and on HBO Max, as a result of which a viewing party was organized that featured the protagonist Gal Gadot and Zack Snyder as distinguished participants.
Jenkins rules out, therefore, directing Wonder Woman 3 if his destiny returns to be a hybrid exhibition between streaming and theaters. “I’d like to believe that Warner Bros. ‘decision is temporary, but I’m not sure,” she says, and she warns against what could happen if the major maintains this model. “I think that some studios will soon return to the traditional model and cause a great upheaval in the industry because every great filmmaker will want to work with it. And studios that make these changes, particularly without consulting artists, will end up running out of people to work with them. “