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WarnerMedia has announced that, in the United States, Wonder Woman 1984 (or WW84 for short), starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins, will be released both in theatres and will be available for one month on its HBO Max streaming service, beginning on Christmas Day – Friday, December 25, 2020.
Unfortunately, there has been no indication that this simultaneous streaming release will be extended to any other country, including Canada. WarnerMedia's announcement indicates that the film will "[debut] theatrically in international markets a week earlier starting on [Wednesday,] December 16". Notwithstanding this, it currently appears that Warner Bros. will use the American release date – December 25 – for the release in Canadian theatres as well.
According to The Canadian Press' David Friend, a Warner Bros. representative has said – in our reading, fairly definitively – that the film will not be immediately available on streaming in any country outside the United States.
As WCIW has noted in the past, although Bell Media's Crave streaming service has an output agreement with WarnerMedia for much of HBO Max's original programming, this agreement does not cover all HBO Max programming, and some programs had to be handled through separate negotiations, if they were picked up by Crave at all. A few other Warner Bros. movies that were given early or exclusive U.S. availability on HBO Max earlier this year, like Scoob! and The Witches, were not made available on Crave either. (Nor, for that matter, were they made available on WarnerMedia's HBO-branded streaming services outside the U.S., such as those in Latin America, Europe, or Asia.)
As we've also noted in the past, like any other Warner Bros. theatrical release, WW84 should eventually become available on Crave. However, any such availability would align with Warner Bros.' typical release windows – in other words, it won't be until well after its release in theatres. (Bell Media has confirmed as much in a statement sent to at least two reporters.)
This would suggest that subscription streaming availability on Crave would not begin until some point in 2021, and more likely than not in the latter part of the year (though on-demand rentals should begin sooner).
It's possible, of course, that WarnerMedia's international plans could change, or that Bell / Crave reaches a deal for an early Canadian streaming release, as we get closer to December 25, and we will strive to update this post if that occurs. But as of this writing, if you're in Canada and want to watch WW84 during its initial release, you should expect the only authorized way you can do so is in theatres.