The DC Extended Universe is enjoying the start of a fruitful 2021 in terms of new content for the rollercoaster of a franchise.
Wonder Woman 1984 continues its current streaming run on HBO Max (to widely mixed reviews) while Warner Bros. and DC Films prepare for the releases for The Suicide Squad in August and the Snyder Cut of Justice League in March.
This is all a part of Warner Bros.' new release strategy brought about by the pandemic, with the studio deciding to release their entire 2021 slate of movie simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. The plan is an attempt to get these major movies to fans while still being able to make some kind of profit off of their releases, and the move has already made headlines among the company's competitors and fans.
As for these two movies, more news has come on what the plan is for their home release, and some of it is quite interesting.
A new release from The Digital Bits is reporting that there are 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases planned Zack Snyder's Justice League in March 2021 and for Wonder Woman 1984 in April 2021. No specific dates are provided for either physical home media release.
WHAT THIS MEANS
This news comes as fairly expected for Wonder Woman 1984, which was always supposed to be released on home media and other physical forms after its theatrical/streaming run. The bigger shock here is that the same treatment will be given to Zack Snyder's Justice League, which was thought to be exclusively releasing on HBO Max in March as well.
The Snyder Cut of Justice League only came into being thanks to overwhelming chatter and support from Snyder's fan base last year, and it's still unclear whether it will be regarded as canon within the DCEU. However, the fact that it's being given a physical media release after it streams shows how high the demand is for it, and it will give anyone without HBO Max the chance to purchase the movie and enjoy it any time they please.
It's a foreign concept for major blockbuster movies to release concurrently on streaming and theaters just as Warner Bros.' 2021 movies will soon play on HBO Max and in theaters. Fans will be eager to find out if this same treatment occurs for other properties thought to be solely streaming projects, notably the Disney+ shows from Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm.
For now, the Snyder Cut will seemingly hold the distinction of being one of the first to have a physical release shortly after it debuts on HBO Max in March.