Wonder Woman 1984 is finally released in the UK today, just as a whole bunch more English cinemas have to close their doors.

The UK becomes one of the first places on the planet to debut the eagerly-awaited Wonder Woman 1984 today, as Warner Bros for the second time this year sends a major blockbuster into cinemas when other studios are running in the other direction. That said, it’s already not working out as planned ever a week or two ago.

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It’s pretty well known now that Warners will be sending Wonder Woman 1984 to both cinemas and its HBO Max streaming service in the US in just over a week. Yet here in the UK, where HBO Max isn’t operating, the plan was for something close to a regular cinema release.

The problem is that the movie is ostensibly in cinemas today, just as another raft of England moves into tier three restrictions. As such, another bunch of cinemas have had to shut their doors.

London, most of Essex and Hertfordshire moved into tier three restrictions today, and that means that 34 million people in England – well over half of the country – are now living under the toughest Covid restrictions.

Scotland and Northern Ireland rules are currently a little more relaxed, whilst all cinemas in Wales are currently closed.

For Warner Bros, it seems inevitable now that it’ll fast-track whatever plans it had in place for the UK for a home release of the movie. There had been rumours of a deal with Sky Cinema to take Wonder Woman 1984 as early as next month. Given concerns over piracy once the film lands on HBO Max, providing a broad legal platform to watch the movie will surely be a priority.

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more. Our review of the movie can be found here.

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