• Gal Gadot defends WB's move to release "Wonder Woman 1984" on HBO Max
  • Gadot said that the team had no "better options" amid the ongoing global health crisis
  • "Wonder Woman 1984" is scheduled to release on Dec. 25

Gal Gadot has defended Warner Bros’ move to bring the highly-anticipated movie “Wonder Woman 1984” to HBO Max, saying that the team had no other “better options” amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking in an interview with Digital Spy, the 35-year-old actress opened up about the second installment in the “Wonder Woman” franchise and voiced her opinion on releasing the movie simultaneously in cinemas and on HBO Max.

When asked if she was happy with the plan, Gadot said that the decision would have made her “angry” if the entire world was running at a normal speed, but at the moment, the planet is going through such tumultuous times.

“Look, if you would have told me a year ago that that's gonna be the case, I would flip out and be super angry. But the truth of the matter is we just didn't have other better options,” Gadot said during the interview.

She also said that the movie is “so relevant” to what’s happening in the world these days and that’s why the team decided to go ahead with the hybrid release.

“We felt like we were sitting on this movie for such a long time, we shot the movie in 2018, we started promoting the movie in 2019, we pushed the movie four times. We felt like the movie was so relevant to what's happening in the world right now that you come to a place at a certain time where you're like, 'Ok, I just want people to watch the movie,’” Digital Spy quoted Gadot, as saying.

“The idea of having people be able to watch the movie on a Christmas morning just warmed my heart,” Gadot added.

Her comments come after Christopher Nolan and “Dune” director Denis Villeneuve blasted the production giant for moving its entire 2021 film slate to the streaming service. Nolan labeled HBO Max as the “worst streaming service” and called the deal “very, very messy.”

On the other hand, Villeneuve said that the deal shows that “there is no love for cinema” and it has already “killed” the “Dune” franchise.

“Wonder Woman 1984” is the first movie to get a hybrid release and stars Gadot as the titular character. Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal also feature in pivotal roles.

Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film will be making its way to the theaters and HBO Max on Dec. 25.

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SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: Actor Gal Gadot attends The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics' Choice Awards ) Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics' Choice Awards