Warner Bros. is in the final stages of promotion for the release of Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max while dealing with an alarmingly usual level of controversy behind the scenes. The biggest issue the company is currently dealing with is the fallout behind their recent decision to release their entire 2021 slate of movies simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max, just as they are doing with Wonder Woman 1984 for Christmas.
This move reportedly caused plenty of strife and heated discussions behind the scenes, most notable with the issue of Warner Bros.’ agents wanting their clients paid appropriately for their work. It's also been cause for concern regarding exhibitors relations,as theaters have been experiencing a colossal loss due to movie delays and venue closures.
One of the DC Extended Universe’s biggest stars recently took some time to reflect on Warners' decision.
In a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie shared her views on Warner Brothers’ decision to release their 2021 slate in theaters and on HBO Max at the same time.
Her primary sentiment was that she hopes the studio is doing right by the people who make the company what it is:
We know there are people at Warner Bros. whom we have brilliant relationships with that are very talent-friendly and are responsible for the incredible reputation Warner Bros. has had over the past decades as the predominant talent-forward studio. We are hopeful that this will work itself out and that Warner Bros. will do right by its storytellers.
While Robbie explained how the team is still working through the logistics of this move with it being so new, she discussed the core reason for why she and the team are doing what they’re doing:
Yeah. All we can do is come back to, "Why are we doing this in the first place?" If we were money-oriented people, we'd probably be working in a different industry. For us, it's the excitement of telling stories and being on sets and giving people a platform, and stuff like [the Warner Bros. news] doesn't change that.
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Margot Robbie’s situation is just as difficult as the rest of those in Warner Bros. family, and she seems to be trying to remain as optimistic as possible through this unprecedented time in history.
She has turned herself into one of the biggest stars in the industry, and her stardom rose to a whole new level after taking on Harley Quinn in the DCEU, first in 2016's Suicide Squad and later in 2020's Birds of Prey.
Warner Bros. is surely hard at work on a resolution for their biggest stars knowing that there are over a dozen feature films that the studio is working to bring to fans in the next twelve months. Included in this slate is Margot Robbie’s return as Harley Quinn in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad as she takes in her third movie in the DCEU. She has become synonymous with the live action role over the past four years, and the hype is building quickly to see how Harley evolves in Gunn’s first crack at the team of villains and anti-heroes.