For the past couple of weeks, studios have been pulling several of their March, April, and May movies off the upcoming release schedule because of the pandemic, and according to The Wrap, Warner Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich and his advisers were considering forgoing a cinema run for the DC movie Wonder Woman 1984.
However, Warner Bros. has now confirmed to IndieWire that this will not be the case.
Some studios have set their current releases to premiere on video-on-demand, in order to make them available for people who want to watch them while self-quarantining at home, but Warner Bros. will not be one of them.
Cinemas worldwide have been closing down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the studio has not officially announced a change in the release date, either, which is currently set for June 5, when summer movie season begins.
The original Wonder Woman took home $822 million at the global box office, and it’s expected the sequel could top $1 billion.
Meanwhile, the EU has asked Netflix and other streaming platforms to stop showing video in high definition in a bid to minimise the strain on internet bandwidth as the world hunkers down during the coronavirus pandemic.
More and more people are having to stay at home to help slow the spread of the disease, meaning that demand for access to streaming platforms is on the up. Social media websites are also experiencing “big surges,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a call with reporters.