There’s no question that streaming services have impacted the way that we see movies. Yes, there was Blockbuster and other rental services back in the day. However, those really didn’t have as direct of an impact on the movie-going experience. Mainly because you could only see movies that had already been in theaters for rent or sale at those stores. “Wonder Woman 1984” director Patty Jenkins slammed the new trend of having movies go directly to a streaming service, calling them fake!
What’s The Issue?
Basically what Patty Jenkins is saying is that movies that are getting a direct-to-streaming release are not having the impact that movies of old had. That, in her mind, could be a direct consequence of them not being theaters. Kind of like the new version of direct-to-video movies. Jenkins mentioned,
“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,” She then added, “I don’t hear about them, I don’t read about them. It’s not working as a model for establishing legendary greatness.”
This Could Impact The Way That Movies Are Made
The way that Jenkins is talking about it, it seems that she has a real issue with how Warner Brothers treated her movie Wonder Woman 1984. Essentially she was making a movie for the big screen, but it had to be “adapted to fit this screen”. So audiences never really got to see her movie the way that she potentially intended for it to be seen. Which, certainly must be frustrating. She mentioned on this topic,
“I don’t think [‘Wonder Woman 1984’] plays the same on streaming, ever,” she then revealed her distaste for streaming in general saying, “I’m not a fan of day-and-date and I hope to avoid it forever.”
Never Going To Work For Netflix
A couple of things to keep in mind here. Jenkins is making her rant against streaming services while her most recent movie got that direct to streaming release. The thing is, the movie wasn’t intended to get that type of release. Not from the way that it was made, and it just wasn’t the plan. However, as we all know COVID-19 happened. About Netflix though, Jenkins mentioned,
“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.”
She did keep the door open though for the possibility of doing TV series with them.
WB Is Happy With Wonder Woman 1984
Warner Brothers publically mentioned that they were super proud of the numbers that Wonder Woman did on their streaming services. Completely, undermining what Jenkins said about streaming services. Does that mean that she is out of their lineup for the time being? We’ll see in the meantime this is what Warner Brothers says about the decision,
“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,”