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WB & HBO Max: THE NEW NORMAL? | SIDEBAR FOREVER

December 14, 2020

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ was among several blockbuster films scheduled for release in early 2020 that ended up delayed due to low theater attendance. 

Over the last few weeks, its parent studio Warner Brothers announced that not only would it be releasing ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ on Christmas Day via theaters and HBO Max, but it would do the same thing with its entire slate of 2021 releases. 

So starting on December 25th, you can see movies like ‘The Matrix 4’, ‘The Suicide Squad’ and ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ in your local cinema as well as from the comfort of your own home. 

This struck us as a real game changer for the moviegoing experience and worthy of discussion. Will other studios like Universal and Disney follow the Warner Bros. model? Will megaplex theater chains like AMC and Regal become relics of the past? And what does a move like this mean for the kinds of films filmmakers can and want to make? 

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