“Wonder Woman 1984” director Patty Jenkins criticized films that are being released via streaming services and called them “fake.”
The 50-year-old expressed her thoughts about the future of the big screen during a CinemaCon panel, opening up about her distaste for original films released on streaming giants.
“Aren’t you seeing it? All of the films that streaming services are putting out, I’m sorry, they look like fake movies to me,” Jenkins said, the Los Angeles Times reported. “I don’t hear about them, I don’t read about them. It’s not working as a model for establishing legendary greatness.
“I don’t think [‘Wonder Woman 1984’] plays the same on streaming, ever,” she continued before adding, “I’m not a fan of day-and-date and I hope to avoid it forever.”
Jenkins also directed the film’s predecessor, “Wonder Woman,” in 2017, where it scored $822 million worldwide. “I make movies for the big-screen experience,” she said at the convention.
She also stated that she would never make movies for Netflix, however, she “likes working with [the streaming platform] for television.
“I wouldn’t make a movie there or any streaming service with those terms,” she said. “It’s hard to market a movie when it has a limited run.”
Her comments may seem ironic as “Wonder Woman 1984” was supposed to be exclusively released in cinemas last year until the pandemic forced theaters to shut down. The DC movie was subsequently released on HBO Max as well as in theaters simultaneously.
The sequel smashed box office records during the lockdown. The superhero flick starred Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal and Kristen Wiig. Released on Christmas Day last year, “Wonder Woman 1984” was the highest box office opening of the pandemic, raking in $16.7 million in ticket sales in the US and $36.1 million globally during its first weekend.
“Wonder Woman 1984 broke records and exceeded our expectations across all of our key viewing and subscriber metrics in its first 24 hours on the service, and the interest and momentum we’re seeing indicates this will likely continue well beyond the weekend,” Andy Forssell, executive vice president and general manager of WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer, said in a statement at the time. “During these very difficult times, it was nice to give families the option of enjoying this uplifting film at home, where theater viewing wasn’t an option.”