It’s sobering, if not heartbreaking, to imagine enjoying such cinematic extravaganzas as “Wonder Woman 1984,” “The Matrix 4,” the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical “In the Heights” and Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated adaptation of “Dune” on anything but the biggest screens. But Warner Bros. realized that the better part of valor was to make them accessible to the widest number of people.
As my movie-obsessed colleague Omari Daniels noted when he heard the news, for movie studios these days, “there are no good or bad decisions — just decisions.” And Warner Bros. made an agonizing but understandable one.
“No one wants films back on the big screen more than we do,” WarnerMedia chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff said upon announcing the new policy. “We know that new content is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will probably operate