Will people go out to see ‘Wonder Woman 1984’?

Darren Espanto and Jayda Avanzado

THE follow-up movie to Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman has made fans all over the country excited. After all, the first movie was a thrilling spectacle with a career-making performance by Gal Gadot in the title role. Not only did it champion female power but the genius of Jenkins was that she turned out a movie that didn’t make male viewers intimidated by the fact it was a woman kicking butt onscreen.

Recently, SM Cinemas started its first drive-in theater experience in Pampanga. I am assuming it was a success as they’re now bringing it to the Metro, turning the SM Mall of Asia’s concert grounds into an improvised drive-in cinema, and it will begin holding screenings as early as next week.

I still have no idea which movie will unreel on its debut week but I’m pretty sure Wonder Woman 1984 will be in the lineup when it is released in October. This is the movie that my friends and I are very excited about, and we have already made plans to catch this via this drive-thru experience.

Actually, I don’t mind catching a movie or two before Wonder Woman 1984 via a drive-thru. While I know that the virus hasn’t been curbed and cases are spiking again, I want to support this endeavor of SM and moviemakers continuing to release films this year. It gives me a semblance of normalcy and as much as possible, I really want to hold on to the things that can be saved before we actually arrive at a new normal. Call me foolish but if there are pre-Covid things one can do, with all the safety measures in place, I’d jump at the chance.

So far, the details I’ve gotten about the SM Cinema drive-thru experience are that tickets cost P400 inclusive of some snacks, two people per car to a maximum of four people per vehicle can be accommodated, masks are a must even inside the vehicle, and the audio will come from an FM signal in the vehicle’s stereo system.

Sounds sweet to me. I can’t wait to try it soon. And so what does this say about the future of moviegoing? SM is doing their damn best to ensure there is one.


YOUNG singers Darren Espanto and Jayda Avanzado have partnered for the first time for the warm and rosy love song “Sana Tayo Na,” produced under Star Music. The two initially teased the collaboration by simply tweeting “Sana tayo na” and tagging each other’s accounts, which immediately sent Twitter abuzz with assumptions on what the post meant. “Sana Tayo Na” even landed on the platform’s Philippine trends list.

A feel-good love poem, “Sana Tayo Na” confesses two people’s hopes of being together in the future with assurance and stability. It’s a lighthearted take on expecting the stars would align someday to unite two people in love.

The track is a revival of Jayda’s father Dingdong Avanzado’s composition, which was originally a part of his Coming of Age album. The new version was produced by Jayda and ABS-CBN Music creative director Jonathan Manalo. Jayda’s last collaboration was with The Voice Teens finalist Jeremy G in 2019 for the heartening track “Perfectly Imperfect” which she penned. Darren, on the other hand, is fresh from performing his latest single “Sasagipin Kita” at the virtual celebration of MYX Awards 2020.

Believe that you’ll eventually be with the one you love by listening to Darren and Jayda’s “Sana Tayo Na” on various digital streaming services.

For more details, like Star Music on Facebook (www.facebook.com/starmusicph), and follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@StarMusicPH).

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