Gal Gadot in a scene from "Wonder Woman." AP
Superhero sequel "Wonder Woman 1984" will premiere on HBO Max streaming service and theatres simultaneously from Christmas Day in the United States, the studio announced on Wednesday.
The eagerly awaited movie, which has been delayed multiple times due to coronavirus, will finally make its debut in the US on 25 December 2020, Variety reports.
In countries where HBO Max isn’t available, it will be released in cinemas on 16 December.
Movies typically play exclusively in cinemas for roughly 75 days before they become available elsewhere.
An action spectacle starring Gal Gadot, "Wonder Woman 1984" had originally been scheduled to reach cinemas in June 2020.
Hollywood studios delayed most of their summer blockbusters until 2021 as the virus has kept many theatres in key markets closed, devastating theatre operators including AMC Entertainment and Cineworld Group Plc.
"Wonder Woman 1984" was moved several times and is the last big-budget action film on the 2020 schedule.
Director Patty Jenkins, who had pushed for a theatrical release, supported the plan.
"At some point you have to choose to share any love and joy you have to give, over everything else," Jenkins wrote on Twitter. "We truly hope that our film brings a little bit of joy and reprieve to all of you this holiday season."
It wasn't an easy decision and we never thought we'd have to hold onto the release for such a long time but COVID rocked all of our worlds," wrote star Gal Gadot on her social media accounts.
She added: "You can watch it IN THEATRES (they're doing an amazing job keeping it safe) and you can also watch it on HBOMAX from your homes. Sending you my love. Please keep safe and wear a mask."
"Wonder Woman 1984" is a sequel to 2017 hit "Wonder Woman," which collected $821.8 million in global ticket sales.
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