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This 2020, the great movie premieres seemed lost, however, Warner Bros. decided to take a risk, first with Tenet – 83% , by Christopher Nolan ( The Origin – 86% , Interstellar – 71% ), in August, and now, to close the year with a flourish comes Wonder Woman 1984 , a sequel to Wonder Woman – 92% of 2017. Although the health crisis is not over yet, the studio decided to go ahead with its plans to release this new DC Extended Universe film this year and critics have already given it a rating.

Director Patty Jenkins hadn’t finished making “Wonder Woman” when she began dreaming of a sequel starring Gal Gadot. The first film carried the weight of being a superhero film starring a woman and a big-budget film directed by a woman, and it was yet to prove the skeptics wrong. But Jenkins had a hunch it was going to be a hit.

Besides, he thought, he didn’t technically have a “Wonder Woman” movie yet.

“The first movie was the birth of a heroine,” Jenkins said. “Now I wanted to do something with that heroin.”

There was never a specific goal that the first part had to meet, but producer Charles Roven said that a second part was “undeniable.” Not only was “Wonder Woman” well received by critics and a true global box office success, grossing $ 821 million, but it struck a cultural chord. It became the great movie that everyone had dreamed of and Jenkins knew it was time to ask for what she wanted and deserved.

In the sequel’s long drive to reach audiences, Jenkins achieved a historic equal pay raise for her, found a way to resurrect Chris Pine’s character, and agreed to a release plan that even a few months ago seemed unthinkable: dropping the $ 200 million movie in theaters and on HBO Max, at no extra charge, this Christmas.

“Wonder Woman 1984” (“Wonder Woman 1984”), a new maximalist chapter in the history of Diana Prince that takes place years later, in a time of excess, surpasses the previous one in action, effects and international travel that even James Bond would seem strenuous to him. During the eight months of filming, the stunt and spin teams, and often Gadot, were put to the test executing very ambitious sequences that included Amazonian athletic competitions with 242 acrobats, a difficult mid-air rescue that required complex rigging work in a real mall, and a 360 degree turn of a truck in the air that has never been done before.

“I don’t think sequels always have to be bigger, and I think you can get in a lot of trouble doing that,” Jenkins said. “But in this case I was looking for something very specific, which is the kind of film from the 80s that were colossal shows for the whole family and joyous at all levels.

The film, which takes audiences into the neon 80s, introduces two villains from the comics: insecure scientist Barbara Minerva who becomes rival Cheetah, played by Kristen Wiig, and ambitious businessman Maxwell Lord, played by the actor. of Chilean origin Pedro Pascal. Both put Diana to the test, who has also changed over time.

“We found a very different Diana than the wide-eyed Diana we met in the first one,” Gadot said. “She is very lonely.”

But she gets a flash of happiness when Steve Trevor (Pine) reappears in her life nearly 70 years after he died.

“In many ways, my job is to fall in love with Gal and be his most faithful support and ally,” Pine said. “The big disparity between the two (movies) is that in the first I am that pragmatic and insensitive guy and in the second I am essentially a … bright and cheerful sidekick.

However, he said playing a 1918 man suddenly confronted with the technology of the 1980s turned out to be “deceptively difficult.”

The marathon filming, and the re-takes, were grueling. Jenkins said that many on the team told him that “Wonder Woman 1984” is the hardest movie they have made. But he could have imagined how difficult it would be to get the film to reach audiences.

In another reality, “Wonder Woman 1984” would have been one of the highest grossing films and the most precious pearl in a landmark year of major productions directed by women. The pandemic affected all of that and suddenly Jenkins, Roven, Gadot and everyone at Warner Bros. found themselves searching for an ideal theatrical release date that would never arrive, or at least not in 2020.

As Christmas approached and coronavirus cases continued to rise in the United States, they reached an agreement and agreed to a premiere in theaters where they are open and free to subscribers of HBO Max, the new streaming application of their parent company. The film will also open in theaters internationally, where there are more open rooms, starting Wednesday.

“It was not an easy decision,” Gadot said. “I’m just relieved that we are finally going to share the movie now.”

The “Wonder Woman 1984” deal, which The New York Times reports includes extra millions for Gadot and Jenkins to make up for lost bottom line profits, was reached before Warner Media announced that all of its 2021 films will follow this same pattern. taking his other filmmakers and partners by surprise. The controversial strategy has come under fire from filmmakers as great as Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve, as well as theater owners. Jenkins and Roven, whose film “The Suicide Squad” is one of those films, said the filmmakers should have been consulted.

“I’m not in favor of doing things this way in general, but these are strange days and there are no good solutions,” Jenkins said of his own film. “There is nothing perfect about this release plan and there was nothing perfect about any release plan, that’s the point.”

But Jenkins is also excited for audiences to finally see the film and hopes to bring some joy at the end of a challenging and devastating year. Let it be at Christmas, too, is the cherry on the cake for the self-proclaimed fan of the season.

“Honestly, the idea that I made a movie that you would see at Christmas makes me cry,” he said. “I just think it’s very special.”

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