The war between those who support streaming and those who support traditional cinema is something that concerns distributors and directors more than the public, since the latter enjoy the same way from the comfort of their home or in a movie theater. In the last year and a half, with the confinement that caused the Covid-19 pandemic, the most logical thing is that film directors opened their eyes to the miracle that it has been to be able to enjoy new and old film productions from home, but unfortunately It has not been like that, many filmmakers like Patty Jenkins are still clinging to the streaming vs. cinema.
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Jenkins is known for her first two feature films, separated by more than 10 years, Monster: Serial Killer – 82% and Wonder Woman – 92%. The first was released in 2003 and earned Charlize Theron an Oscar for Best Actress, and the second was the fourth installment in the DC Comics cinematic universe, which was a huge box office success and a triumph for the superhero subgenre celebrated by all. the world.
Although her love for the traditional film experience is great, she herself could not prevent her latest film, Wonder Woman 1984 – 76%, was released on the HBO Max streaming platform and in theaters at the same time. At the recent Cinema Con 2021, the filmmaker said it was a heartbreaking experience, but now a new statement has appeared through the LA Times (via .) where she rants about all the movies released on streaming:
Aren’t you seeing it? All the movies that the streaming services are publishing, sorry, they look like fake movies to me. I don’t hear about them, I don’t read about them. It does not function as a model to establish legendary greatness.
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This year, not only has HBO Max released several of his films in streaming and cinemas at the same time, Disney did the same with Cruella – 93% and Black Widow – 87%, and for the latter the company was sued by actress Scarlett Johansson. Disney’s strategy was to charge for a premium subscription, while HBO Max charged no additional cost, but the result has been that most of its releases are box office flops, such as Wonder Woman 1984 and The Suicide Squad – 91%, except Godzilla vs. Kong – 85%, which was the first successful blockbuster of 2020.
The DC Comics cinematic universe began in 2013 with The Man of Steel – 55%, and many believed that it would be a franchise as successful as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, things did not go well in 2016, with the premiere from Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice – 27% and Suicide Squad – 25%. Critics and fans were divided on both films and Warner Bros. was not happy with the outcome. What came next, with Wonder WomanIt seemed like a glimmer of hope, not just for a dark and depressing saga, but for the superhero genre itself.
Both Gal Gadot in the title role and Patty jenkins in the director’s chair they appeared to be a perfect duo. The sequel was soon approved and its release delayed for various reasons, but when it finally hit theaters and at HBO Max in December 2020, reactions were divided. Wonder Woman 1984 It was a big setback and although the director said that the simultaneous release in cinemas and streaming affected its reception, the truth is that the problems come from the same script.
Luckily for DC Comics fans, a few months later we were able to enjoy the same Wonder Woman who wowed so many in 2016 and 2017, in Zack Snyder’s Justice League – 82%, a film that received far better reviews than Justice League – 41% released in 2017.
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