IMAX is one of the strongest movie formats vying for attention these days. After 3-D seems to be on the verge of declining sales, filmmakers have caught on to IMAX to deliver the next level of movie-going experience. Big-budget superhero movies are best suited for the format which is why it doesn’t come as much of a surprise when IMAX officially announced that select scenes from Patty Jenkins directed Wonder Woman 2 will be filmed in IMAX cameras. The announcement was made as part of IMAX earnings call for Q4 2017. The complete quote from IMAX executive Greg Foster is reproduced below:
I’m excited to announce that Wonder Woman 2, which comes out in the second half of 2019, will be shot with IMAX film cameras in select sequences. This Warner Brothers DC production, the sequel of the global juggernaut from 2017, is directed by Patti Jenkins and produced by Chuck Roven and Rebecca Oakley Roven. And we couldn’t be more excited that IMAX has been chosen to be a part of the film’s design.
Although the format itself has been around for a long while, it’s not until Christopher Nolan used it extensively to film sequences in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises that it caught on with mainstream audiences and film directors. More recently, Nolan has gone ahead to shoot massive amounts of Interstellar and nearly the entirety of Dunkirk with IMAX, both movies for which he recently arranged special screenings in India. Since then, a plethora of movies have made use of specially formatted IMAX scenes including Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol and many more.
In the comic-book world, Marvel has been using IMAX more actively than DC despite the latter’s movies pioneering the format. Several of Marvel Studios movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok and the recent Black Panther made use of scenes specially formatted in IMAX with their upcoming movie Avengers: Infinity War being shot entirely with IMAX cameras. At their end, DC had select sequences in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice filmed in IMAX and although Justice League was shot in the IMAX ratio, it didn’t have any scenes shot in that format. There’s currently no word on whether Aquaman will have any IMAX sequences; given that movie’s vast underwater scale though, it could very well benefit from the added screen estate.
Now that this is official, we know what format we’ll be watching Wonder Woman 2 in. Question is, what about you? Will you be seeing Wonder Woman 2 in IMAX theaters? Let us know what you’re planning in the comments below.
Wonder Woman 2 is currently scheduled for release on Nov 1, 2019.