Wonder Woman 1984 will be the first film to release both theatrically and on the HBO Max streaming service in the US.
Watch the epic opening scene here.
The three-minute scene is a flashback to Diana’s childhood when she participated in Themyscira’s Olympics. The audiences are shown large-scale spectacle and stunt-work as Amazonians participate in the games. Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen reprise their roles from the first film, as General Antiope and Queen Hyppolyta, respectively.
The film opens in Themyscira with Diana’s (Gadot) voice-over where she is talking about the lessons from her youth. In the video, the scene then transitions into an adult Diana fighting as Wonder Woman in the 1980s and ends with an exchange between her and Cheetah, played by Kristen Wiig. The opening scene was shot on IMAX by director Patty Jenkins who had also helmed the first film in the series.
The first reviews for Wonder Woman 1984 arrived online on Wednesday and praised the film’s scope and tone. The film currently stands at an 88% rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The ‘critics’ consensus’ reads, “Great Hera! Wonder Woman 1984 is an epic dose of heart and vibrant escapism that proves there are still unexpected thrills to be found in superhero cinema.”
In India, the film will be released in theatres on December 24, with paid previews beginning on December 23. It is the second major Hollywood film to be released theatrically in India, after Christopher Nolan’s Tenet on December 4 that also starred Dimple Kapadia in a pivotal role.